University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

Frederick Douglass Library

PLEASE NOTE: This record is incomplete – contact repository for additional information

Mailing Address
Frederick Douglass Library
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
11868 Academic Oval
Princess Anne, MD 21853

Contact: Jennifer Neumyer
Phone: (410) 651-7695
Finding Aids: Office of the President – Record Group 1 is located on the website above.
Access to Collections: Access to the collections requires either a UMES Hawk Card, or a valid driver’s license.

Hours of Service
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or by appointment

The Special Collections Department and University Archives specialize in the acquisition,
preservation, and use of material that document:

  • The history, culture, and literature of African Americans;
  • The history, culture, and literature of the Eastern Shore of Maryland;
  • The historical development of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Special Services

• Reference and referral assistance
• Research assistance
• Photocopies
• Photoduplication services
• Scanning
• Small group tours of the department

Type of Materials

• Architectural Documents
• Artifacts
• Audiovisual Materials
• Books and Monographs
• Digital Collections
• Exhibitions
• Institutional Records
• Maps
• Newspapers
• Oral Histories
• Personal Papers
• Photographs
• Prints and Drawings
• Vertical File Material

Detailed Description of Collections

• Architectural Documents – Number approximately eighty architectural drawings of
• Artifacts – Consist mostly of assorted UMES memorabilia.
• Audiovisual Materials – include seventy-five 8mm film reels featuring our football
games from the 1970’s, sixty cassettes and fifteen VHS tapes.
• Books and Monographs – On the topics of African American History, culture, and
literature encompassing mostly out-of-print, rare, and first editions. Additionally, the
Maryland Eastern Shore reference collection which documents the history and culture of
the Eastern Shore of Maryland (especially Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties).
Many of these titles circulate in-house only.
• Digital Collections – Yearbooks have been digitized from their origin in 1959 up to
2009. They are accessible from the Special Collections department website. There are
also scanned images from our photograph collection, but they are not available online
at this time. They are searchable on our database in-house by a member of the Special
Collections and University Archives Department.
• Exhibitions – Take place twice a year beginning usually in September for our Founder’s
Week celebration and again in February in time for our basketball Homecoming
• Institutional Records – Largely administrative in nature, with additional materials from
faculty departments, alumni affairs, public relations etc. Some of the highlights are the
Office of the President Records from 1942 to the present (with some restrictions), campus
catalogues dating back to the 1913-1914 academic year, yearbooks (which have also
been digitized), sports programs and media guides, playbills, art exhibit catalogues and

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