Bowie State University

Mailing Address
Thurgood Marshall Library
Archives and Special Collections
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715
Contact: Katherine A. Hayes, Archivist
Phone: 301-860-3851
Finding Aids: Collection inventories are available at the repository

Access to Collections:
Available by appointment only, Monday-Thursday, between 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Please call or email using contact information above.

Hours of Service
Monday-Thursday by appointment only between 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Bowie State University is a historically-black college, founded in 1865 as Baltimore Normal School No. 3, and the oldest HBCU in Maryland. In the early 20th century the institution came under the state department of education and moved to its current location in Prince George’s county. It evolved from a teachers college to a state college in 1963, and a university in 1988, when it joined the University of Maryland system.

In 2009 the University undertook a reorganization and revitalization of Archives and Special Collections, after more than 15 years without dedicated staff. Staff is limited to one archivist currently on a part-time basis.

Special Services
These are limited at this time. Please contact institution for more information.

  • Cameras (at curator discretion)
  • Digital cameras (at curator discretion)
  • Photocopies (to be made by staff, as time is available)
  • Scanning

Type of Materials

  • Books and Monographs
  • Institutional Records
  • Maps
  • Microforms
  • Newspapers
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs
  • Primary Resources
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Vertical File Material

Detailed Description of Collections

  • Books and Monographs: Uncataloged collection of rare books including 19th century printed pamphlets (uncataloged)
  • Institutional Records: Administrative records for Bowie State University; some departments and faculty records; early student records (restrictions apply); BSU printed materials
  • Maps: General selection of maps of all Maryland counties, including geological surveys, voter districts, street maps, planning and development maps
  • Microforms: Slavery, Source Material and Critical Literature MicroFiche Series
  • Newspapers: Published papers such as the Spectrum, Contact, The Eye, etc.
  • Personal Papers: Don S. S. Goodloe, first principal of Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie, 1911-1921
  • Photographs: photographs and slides depicting Bowie State University from 1920s-present
  • Primary Resources: manuscript and printed slavery documentation
  • Printed Ephemera: Early 20th century Washington DC tour photo books; early 20th century printed sheet music
  • Vertical File Material: Resources on the history of Bowie State University; local history; African-American history; Prince George’s County, MD

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