THE JANE C. SWEEN LIBRARY
OF THE
MONTGOMERY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY


I've visited here numerous times and each time I find more on Rose and her extended family in Montgomery County, Maryland. ,Their vast collection primarily covers the history of Maryland and Montgomery County from the colonial period to the present including basic references, histories, biographies, and published Maryland county records. Here's a link to the Library.

MAPS

Thirteen atlases and over 950 maps of Maryland and Montgomery County dating from the early 19th century to the present. These include area maps, topographical maps, maps of local jurisdictions, neighborhoods, and plat maps which detail the structures built in an area at various times. There is also a collection of Lusks Real Estae Directories, and atlases.

VISUAL IMAGES
Over 5,000 8x10 photographs, 2,000 35 mm slides, 180 snapshots, plus glass plates, negatives, dauguerrotypes, films and videos. These depict Montgomery County's changing scene from before the Civil War until today. In addition to views of area street scenes, residential and commercial buildings (exterior and interior views), and countryside, there are images of people and events important in the county's history.

NEWSPAPERS
The MCHS newspaper collection is extensive and widely used. The largest collection is the Montgomery County Sentinel from its founding in 1855 to 1969. In addition there are rare issues of Rockville and Maryland papers published 1800-1850, 8 Montgomery County weeklies and dailies published between 1878 and 1947 and newspapers from Baltimore, the District of Columbia, Rockville, Kensington, Damascus, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac offering broad coverage of area events and people. The Special Collection of newspapers record historic events such as presidential inaugurations, the Lindbergh flight and Maryland's tricentennial in 1934.

EARLY MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECORDS
Published abstracts of wills (1776-1875); marriage licenses (1796-1896); abstracts of deeds (1777-1799); tax lists (1783-1840); census records, published and on microfilm (1776-1930); and the "slave census of 1867." Microfilm includes the census records for the county, county land records from 1777-1865 and county probate records from 1777 to 1881.

FAMILY RECORDS
25 linear feet of genealogical material organized by surname. There is an additional 12 linear feet in filing cabinets of biographical material - primarily newspaper clippings.

CHURCH RECORDS
3 drawers of 3x5 file cards plus one vertical file drawer of church history materials. Photocopies of the records of several Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist county churches.

CEMETERY RECORDS
Tombstone inscription readings from 111 cemeteries and family burying grounds on 3x5 cards plus 3 complete cemetery records.

BUSINESS RECORDS
Many early Montgomery County businesses are represented by articles describing their activities and history. In addition the insurance policy records of Montgomery Mutual Insurance Company, and several early store ledgers are included in the manuscripts collection.

ORGANIZATION RECORDS
Minutes and ledgers of clubs, civic organizations, agricultural groups, and private schools are also a part of the manuscripts collection.

ORAL HISTORIES
A growing collection of over 35 transcriptions and 75 audiotapes.

VIDEOTAPES
A growing collection on Montgomery History, Communities, and family reunions.

VERTICAL FILE INFORMATION
Files for each town in Montgomery County public schools, historic houses, Civil War sites and other subjects pertinent to Montgomery County containing newspaper clippings, pamphlets, papers from the Maryland National Capitol Parks & Planning Commission and other articles.