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Welcome to Montgomery History’s online collections resources! We have several useful ways for you to understand the contents of our collections and access many of our resources remotely. Please use the links below to get started on your research, or start with this general overview of the scope of our collections.



Before you begin your research, you may find this video guide, recorded with Archivist Sarah Hedlund, a useful tool. Learn the basics of how to use Past Perfect Online and the Montgomery County History Digital Repository by watching the video below: 

If you’d like to skip ahead and just view the tutorial for Past Perfect Online, click here.
Or, if you’d like to skip ahead and just view the tutorial for the digital repository, click here.


Montgomery County History Digital Repository (MCHDR)

Selected materials in our special collections are steadily being digitized and presented here, in their complete form, for at-home research. Once you enter the digital repository, you will be able to choose a specific collection to view, or you can perform keyword searches across all collections at once. Collections available to view:

The Montgomery County Story, 1957-currentOur in-house journal has been in publication for more than 60 years, and features hundreds of articles by respected local historians on the people, places, and events that comprise the 250-year history of Montgomery County. It is now completely scanned and accessible online. You can search for specific issues, or search across all issues.

Ledger: Ancient United Order Sons and Daughters, Brothers and Sisters of Moses, 1904-1914. This ledger book contains meeting minutes and attendance records for the Morningstar Tabernacle No. 88 of Cabin John, part of the Ancient United Order (A.U.O.) Sons and Daughters, Brothers and Sisters of Moses benevolent society founded by black communities.

Early Rockville Newspapers, 1822-1838; 1847-1849  Pre-Civil War newspapers published in Rockville.

Frank Heath and Gypsy Queen Scrapbook, 1926-1935  Scrapbooks created by WWI veteran Frank Heath about his nationwide ride on horseback in 1926-1927.



Past Perfect Online

Montgomery History uses the Past Perfect Online database to provide access to descriptions of our collection materials, housed at the Jane C. Sween Library and Special Collections in Rockville, MD. You can find books in our library, digitized photographs, and finding aids for our special collections. We also have this overview of our Library’s collection available for reference.



Digital Maryland

The following special collections have been digitized by the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center’s Digital Maryland project, available to view online at the following links: