Established on July 29, 1985, the Montgomery County Archives serves as the institutional memory of the government of Montgomery County, Maryland. The Archives is a repository for permanent records of historical or evidential value created or received by government agencies and their associated boards/committees and commissions, civic organizations, and personal papers of influential community leaders. The Archives identifies, acquires, organizes, describes, and preserves the historic records of Montgomery County.
Finding Aids: organized by Record Group and Record Title.
Research Guide: explains how the collections in the Archives are arranged.
Please contact the archivist ahead of your arrival to request specific boxes within a collection, or if you need assistance locating records of interest. This advance work will make your research time at the archives more effective.
Contact the Archives
Sarah Hedlund, archivist
M.L.I.S., University of Maryland
Location and Open Hours
The Archives is open by appointment only, free of charge. To request an appointment, please do so through our online registration system or call 301-340-2974 for assistance. The address is:
8540 Anniversary Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Visiting the Archives
The Archives is located within the County Records Center in Gaithersburg (see address and hours below).
When you arrive, ring the bell at the entrance door and say you are there to do research in the archives. There is NOT a waiting room; please wait in your vehicle until your appointment time.
We do not have a closed reading room, but we require that you stow any food or beverage you have with you away from the research tables and that you leave the reading room to consume it. No ink pens are allowed near the materials.
You are welcome to take photos/scans of the materials with your camera or cell phone. We do not have a photocopier available for patron use.