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Welcome to Montgomery History’s collections! 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.

Montgomery History Collections Overview

This general overview of the collections can help you understand the types of material we have available in our reading room and online. Easy links to access information about the topics and resources most often requested or sought by researchers and historians.

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Montgomery History Collections Catalogs

These resources provide descriptions of our collection materials, housed at the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections in Rockville, Maryland. Start here to discover what’s in our collection and how to access the materials.

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Montgomery History Digital Collections 

Many of our collections materials have been digitized and are available to view online. Explore our growing body of digital collections here!

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Montgomery County Archives

Housed in a separate facility but managed by Montgomery History, this collection of government records from Montgomery County agencies and departments dates mostly from the 1950s to the early 2000s. Additional collections include records of civic organizations and citizen-activist groups, personal papers of key government leaders, and an extensive oral history collection.

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Montgomery County Newspapers

Explore dozens of newspapers reporting on the Montgomery County area from the early 19th century through the 21st century, including the main papers of record, the Montgomery County Sentinel and the Gazette. 

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Property Research in Montgomery County

Interested in researching a piece of property? Learn about land records, plats, and original patents and what that research involves.


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