Columbia Archives continues to collect materials. Longtime Columbians and others who have been involved in many of the community’s valuable organizations often have important materials that would be of interest to — and should be preserved by — the Archives.  Please make an appointment with the archives manager in addition to completing the form below.

The Archives is actively seeking: 

  • Records of organizations such as clubs, religious organizations, performing and visual arts groups, sports groups, neighborhood associations, companies, etc. These include charter or incorporation papers and bylaws, lists of members, minutes, news clippings, photographs, histories, newsletters and other ephemera and memorabilia.
  • Personal papers of prominent Columbians, including diaries and scrapbooks and photo albums.
  • Articles, books, reports, speeches and dissertations on Columbia.
  • Original art and literature by Columbia residents.
  • Photographs and audiovisuals of people, places and events in Columbia history.

The Archives is no longer seeking: 

  • Columbia magazines and telephone books, as the Archives has complete runs of them.

If you have documents, images or artifacts that you believe would complement our collection, please tell us about them on the form below or contact Columbia Archives at or 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia, MD 21046.  Copies of A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository and A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository, both published by the Society of American Archivists, are provided for your further understanding of donating material to archival institutions.

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Columbia Archives. To assist us in our review, please fully describe your proposed donation by including information about its size, condition and historical significance, and attach photographs or photocopies of the materials, if possible. Please do not send the original materials you wish to donate until we contact you.

  • Description of Materials

  • Please be as specific as possible, include names, dates, physical description and any other information you can see by examining the material
  • Who made it? Who did it belong to? How was it used?
  • Please provide measured or estimated dimensions in H x W x D
  • Is it damaged? Moldy? Dirty? Etc.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
      If possible, please attach 1 or 2 images of the item(s). This can help the staff evaluate the material and the condition.