St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 East Fisher Road
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Hours of Service
Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments are recommended; call or email using contact information above.
The Archives are located in Calvert Hall Basement, Room B20.
The SMCM Archives provides for the acquisition, organization, description, preservation, and availability of unique materials documenting the history of the school as well as the history of Southern Maryland, particularly St. Mary’s County. The bulk of the collection consists of the institutional (administrative) records of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (1964- ), St. Mary’s Seminary-Junior College (1949-1964), St. Mary’s Female Seminary-Junior College (1926-1949), and St. Mary’s Female Seminary (1840-1926). Records are mostly textual and photographic.
Type of Materials
- Audiovisual materials
- Digital collections
- Institutional records
- Oral histories
- Personal papers
- Primary resources
- St. Mary’s yearbooks: School yearbooks from 1948 through 1999 are available at the Internet Archive.
- Monument school of the people: a sesquicentennial history of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 1840-1990 / by J. Frederick Fausz: The definitive history of the school is available at the Internet Archive.
- Historic campus photographs: Photographs in this collection document St. Mary’s people (students, faculty, staff), places (buildings, grounds) and events (commencement, Governor’s Cup, etc.). Over 1,000 of our physical collection of 70,000 photographs have been digitized, including most of our photographs dating from the late nineteenth century through the 1970s.
- SlackWater archive: This collection consists of oral history interviews relating to the history, culture and folklore of Southern Maryland, primarily St. Mary’s County in the 20th century. Interviews are physically documented on audiocassettes, CDs, transcripts, and recording logs. The online collection contains full-text transcripts or recording logs only; online access to these is restricted. Full access to audio recordings and transcripts is available at the Archives (see contact information above).