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Enoch Pratt Free Library

Finding Aids and Inventories

From its beginning in 1886, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has developed historical research collections that are rarely found in public libraries. These materials are located in the individual departments of the State Library Resource Center but are not all represented in the public catalog. Fortunately, finding aids and inventories have been made for many of these collections and are available online on prattlibrary.org. Many of the collections not available online have in-house databases for research.

The finding aids give detailed descriptions of the materials in Special Collections. They are used for archival collections of visual art and photography, personal and institutional papers, as well as other historical materials. Some examples:

  • Edgar Allan Poe Collection
  • Enoch Pratt Papers
  • Aaron Sopher Collection of Drawings and Sketches
  • Bookplate Collection
  • Historical Greeting Card Collection
  • Woman Suffrage in Maryland Collection

The inventories detail collections that have been developed over the years by individual departments. They represent an accumulated cultural history that stretches back well over 100 years. Some examples:

  • African-American Rare Books
  • African-American Sheet Music
  • Automotive shop manuals beginning with the Model T
  • Maryland high school and college yearbooks
  • Department store catalogs
  • African-American Department’s Ephemera Collection

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