University of Maryland, Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall Law Library

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall Law Library

Mailing Address:
501 West Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact: Bill Sleeman, Assistant Director for Technical Services
Phone: 410-706-0783
Finding Aids: Print and electronic form. See the library Special Collections and Digital Projects website at:
Access to Collections: By appointment only during regular library hours, Monday – Friday.

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library contains 426,000 volumes of Anglo-American legal materials as well as an outstanding international and foreign law collection. Extensive collections of both primary sources and secondary materials such as treatises are available. The library has also served as a selective depository for United States government documents since the 1970s, receiving many of the law-related documents that are published. Manyelectronic resources are available, including subscription access to legal and non-legal databases. The library’s Catalog provides access to its holdings, as well as the holdings of other libraries within the University of Maryland System.

Special Services

  • Cameras (at librarian’s discretion)
  • Digital cameras (at librarian’s discretion)
  • Microfilm/microfiche printouts
  • Photocopies (at librarian’s discretion)
  • Scanning (at librarian’s discretion)

Type of Materials

  • Audiovisual Materials
  • Books and Monographs
  • Digital Collections
  • Government Documents
  • Institutional Records
  • Legal Records and Briefs
  • Microforms
  • Newspapers
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs
  • Primary Resources
  • Printed Ephemera

Detailed Description of the African Americans in the Law Collection:
The African Americans in the Law Special Collection seeks to document the development and growth of the African American legal community in Maryland from 1877 to date. The Library will accomplish this through the acquisition, cataloging, arrangement and preservation of original manuscripts, both personal and professional, that reflect the unique challenges and exceptional contributions of African American legal practitioners. Organizational records, rare books and secondary sources will also be acquired. Major collections include the Legal Papers of Dallas Nicholas and William GosnellThe Papers of the NAACPThe Papers of William H. Hastie, the Baltimore Afro American newspaper on microfilm, the papers of Baltimore activist Lena Lee, the personal and professional papers of faculty member Larry Gibson, and The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Collection.

Other Collections
Learn about our other collections at:

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