The earliest greeting cards were handmade and date to ancient China, but by the 1850s they were being published thanks to advances in printing and the invention of the postage stamp in 1840. Though only a portion of them are digitized, the Enoch Pratt Greeting Card Collection contains over 71,000 items dating back to 1870. The majority of the cards are Christmas, but other celebratory events are represented including Valentine’s Day, Easter, baby shower, and graduation.View Collection
Digital Maryland is a collaborative, statewide digital preservation program of the Enoch Pratt Free Library / Maryland State Library Resource Center. The goal of the project is to facilitate the digitization, digital preservation, and access for historical and cultural documents, images, audio, and video that record Maryland’s history.Learn More
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The Maryland Art Place Archives collection includes materials that document the foundation and early years of the organization.
In 1981, a group of artists and committed citizens began exploring the subject of the visual arts in Maryland, focusing on two primary concerns: the common needs of visual artists throughout the state, and the desire of many citizens to have more access to and information about artists working in Maryland. The Maryland State Arts Council recognized the inherent value of these concerns and the importance of a venue to facilitate the communities' needs. As a result of their awareness, the Arts Council granted funds to form an organization that would further this group's pursuits in promoting contemporary art. This dedicated group, became the founders of Maryland Art Place (MAP), leading the organization to incorporation in 1982.
The Somerset County Library’s vertical files include more than 3,000 primary sources - newspaper clippings, pamphlets, event brochures, newsletters, maps, and photographs - documenting Somerset County, Eastern Shore, and Maryland history, primarily in the latter half of the 20th century.View Collection