The Carey Family Research Room contains our non-circulating library of over 7000 titles covering a wide range of topics relating primarily to Delmarva’s history and culture. Volumes from the libraries of numerous donors include historical and family-related topics pertaining to other states and regions of the country, particularly those along the migration trail of early settlers.
Other resources available to the researcher include approximately 2,500 reels of microfilm, periodicals, family history files and vertical file clippings files. Items from our archival collection may be requested at the front desk.
The general public may also be interested in our large collection of family history materials. The Leslie Powell Dryden collection, also found in the reading room, consists of 445 binders containing primary source information on local surnames. Our library contains over 700 books on family histories. In addition, vertical files containing clippings and other family-related and topic-specific materials are available.
The reading room is used for several purposes beyond general research. Salisbury University students frequently have class sessions in the room and local community groups hold meetings in the reading room or in our adjacent exhibit room. Amateur and professional scholars use our resources to fulfill a variety of research needs.
The Nabb Center’s archives are supervised by a professional archivist on staff. Some of the rich materials collected include newspapers, maps, diaries, store ledgers, rare books, correspondence, photographs, oral histories, and a Folklore of Delmarva section. Artifacts include period clothing, coverlets, household items, and agricultural and occupational tools. The archival materials are stored in acid-free boxes in a climate-controlled space. If you are interested in donating your historical artifacts or local archival materials, please contact us at 410-543-6312 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located adjacent to the Carey Family Research Room is the Nabb Research Center’s microfilm room, housing 15 microfilm readers. We also offer electronic scanning technology for you to print microfilmed documents or save them to a flash drive.
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