Columbia Maryland Archives
New name, new digital library!
The Columbia Maryland Archives is proud to offer a new digital archives library. You now have original artifacts, photos, documents, and more at your fingertips.
You can find that resource at ColumbiaMDArchives.org.(Coming Soon!)
Columbia Maryland Archives – a service of Columbia Association – continues to be the primary resource on the history of the planned community of Columbia, as well as the life and career of its visionary founder, James Rouse. Columbia, Maryland Archives serves researchers at every level and welcomes residents and visitors who wish to learn more about Columbia’s past, present, and future.
1981, James W. Rouse Papers, Columbia Archives
Our history, your history
Columbia Maryland Archives started in 1982 when the planned community was just 15 years old. The public rallied around resident Rebecca Orlinsky after she organized a display of clippings and other ephemera. Her exhibit led to a petition that pushed for establishing a way to chronicle the community’s history.
Within a year, the Museum and Archives of the History of Columbia, MD was born. Orlinsky and Ruth McCullough volunteered daily, and donations of materials came pouring in from countless residents and people who helped shape the city. Former Rouse Company employees Mickey Dunham and Jeanne Shea and community activist Norman Winkler were among the first donors.
In 1992, Columbia Archives became part of Columbia Association. The collection and the activities grew — most considerably in 1996, when Columbia Archives received the papers of James Rouse, which doubled the size of Columbia Maryland Archives’ holdings.
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For questions about collections, resources, availability of materials, or other general inquiries please call 410-715-6781 or email Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
Columbia Maryland Archives Manager: Lela Sewell-Williams