PG Tricentennial Prince George's County:
Over 300 years of History

Bibliographical Resource Guide to Prince George's County, Maryland
Historical Literature


The Tricentennial Celebration Citizens Committee

This book has been published in accordance with the Tricentennial Celebration Citizens Committee goals and objectives, as follows:

Mission/Vision Statement:

Develop an overall program of unity and pride in the past, present and future of Prince George's County on the occasion of the County's 300th anniversary involving the total community.


Specific Objectives:

This bibliography may be copied for private use without permission from the author. This publication is distributed at no charge.
Suggested additions or comments may be addressed to:
Phase I Bibliography Frederick S. DeMarr Library of County History Prince George's County Historical Society P.O. Box 14 Riverdale, MD 20738


The CELEBRATION of the County's three hundredth birthday in the year 1996 presents an interesting and challenging opportunity to further our knowledge and appreciation of our interesting history. Events leading up to the establishment of the County in 1696 and the role we have played in local, state, and national events over three hundred years reflect a diverse and varied experience in participation and contribution toward our present state of affairs.

Many of these events are reported and interpreted in written documents, in various forms from printed books, newsprint, personal essays, and so forth. It is our goal to provide maximum opportunities for all Prince Georgians and interested friends to become familiar with the richness and diversity of our County's heritage.

This initial central bibliography is intended to provide a needed resource to enable readers and students to seek and locate those existing materials which relate to their interest and inquiry. A first-time useful guide to sources where these materials can be found is another valuable contribution of this publication.

Several knowledgeable and respected local historic authorities were asked to evaluate this initial undertaking to determine its readiness for release to the public. Their comments follow.

-- W.C. (Bud) Dutton, Jr.,
Tricentennial Celebration Citizens Committee Convener


"The Bibliographical Resource Guide to Prince George's County Historical Literature by Linda Blachly is a definite contribution to the study of our local history for both scholars and persons having a general interest as well. It provides information on the location of the materials in local County libraries, thus saving the researcher many hours which ordinarily might be spent in searching. I feel that the document should be published in order to aid and encourage research and reading on topics dealing with our local history and culture."

-- Fred S. DeMarr, Historian, Prince George's County Historical Society
"I feel very strongly that the Bibliography is a wonderful product -- much needed and very timely."

-- Karen Miles, Archivist, Prince George's County Genealogical Society
"The Citizens Committee employed Mrs. Linda Blachly to compile a bibliography of historical resources in the County library and County collections. Unexpectedly, Mrs. Blachly found and listed a wealth of materials. She listed the sites of these and, an unexpected benefit, she has in effect virtually created a catalog of many heretofore not cataloged collections. This document will provide researchers in a variety of fields with a wealth of information on the County's past and present."

-- Vera F. Rollo, Author & Publisher, Maryland Historical Press
"Linda Blachly has done a phenomenal job of pulling together a working bibliography of historical resources for Prince George's County. Anyone undertaking new research or searching for background on any aspect of County organizations, either voluntary or official, will do well to start with this compilation."

-- Virginia Beauchamp, Author, Specialist in Women's History


When I first was approached about compiling a bibliography of historical sources for Prince George's County, I had no idea about how complex the task would be, or how much information was out there Our initial thought was that it would be a small, but useful document. But, the more I got into the project, unearthing many resources from various places around the County, both published and unpublished, the mountain of material began to grow and grow.

The purpose of this bibliography is to provide a list of sources to aid those who wish to do research on various topics in the County for the Tricentennial, coming up in 1996. R~use of the volume of material stored away in many places throughout the County, this is by no means a complete product. But, it is hoped that the various sources in this document will prove useful to point a researcher into the right direction. We consider this a Phase I effort, with many updates and revisions to come.

Prince George's County is a County rich in history. This Phase I document contains many gold nuggets of information we hope you will find useful in your search for County treasures.

Prince George's County contains many pillars in its communities who are involved in various capacities throughout the County purely because of their love for its heritage. They love County history and never tire of learning new and interesting things about the place they call home.

One such pillar in the County is Fred DeMarr. Mr. DeMarr has collected all kinds of historical documents for many, many years in the Prince George's County Historical Society Library. Many items in the "Fred DeMarr Library" are part of his personal collection. He has donated many documents because he wants to pass on a very valuable gift to all who come in ~ the gift of knowledge. After spending time listening to many tidbits He freely shares, you can't help but come away with a renewed appreciation of the County.

Thanks also go to Dr. Vera F. Rollo, president of Maryland Historical Press, for giving support and enthusiasm to this project. I consider Dr. Rollo another pillar in the County. A friend and colleague, she is always willing to give a helping hand wherever needed.

I would like to thank the staff of the History Division, M-NCPPC, for turning me loose in their library and for giving much-needed help. Thanks specifically go to Susan Helmann and John Walton, Jr.

Thanks to others who reviewed earlier versions of the manuscript: Fred DeMarr; Karen Miles, an archivist at the Prince George's County Genealogical Society; Virginia Beauchamp, former member Prince George's County Commission for Women, former assoc. professor Dept. of English, UMCP, and former special assist. to the President, UMCP, on women's issues; Jane Eagen, president, Prince George's County Historical Society and Chairman of the Administrative Board of the Tricentennial Celebration Citizen's Commission.

-- Linda Blachly

Sources of historical Information:

* Alice Ferguson Foundation [AFF], 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek, MD 20607, 301-292-5665
A non-profit organization operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation, in cooperation with the Prince George s and Charles County schools of Southern Maryland and the National Park Service, operates an educational program to introduce students to the historically rich natural environment on the Potomac River across from Mount Vernon.
* Beltsville Agriculture Research Library, Beltsville, MD, 301-504-5755
* Board of Education, Prince George's County, Sasscer Admin. Bldg., 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD, 301-952-6000. Includes the Alice Ferguson Center, Accokeek, MD, 301-292-S665.
Special Collections: Journals of the Board of School Commissioners, 1865-1921; Journals of the Prince George's County Board of Education, 1921-present; Prince George's School Archives, Dept. of Plant Maintenance.
* Bowie State University Library, Bowie, MD, 301~7222
* College Park Airport Museum & Library, 6709 Corporal Frank Scott Dr., College Park, MD 20740, 301-864-1530.
800-1000 volumes of books on general aviation, the history of flight from World W~r II to the present day. Also contains law books and manuals and books specifically about College Park. Nothing circulates.
Hours: W TH FR 11-3
SAT SUN 11-5
* Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR], 1776 D St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
* Enoch Pratt Free Library [EPFL], Maryland Room, 400 Cathedral Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-396-5468
Special Collections: Newspapers (see NEWSPAPER CATEGORY) - Planter's Advocate~ 1851-1861; The Prince Georgian, 1867- 1870; Prince Georgia's Enquirer, 1884-1923; Marlboro Gazette, 1841-1898.
* Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. [GPC], 111 Water Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
* Historic Preservation Commission Library, [HPCL], 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 952-3520
Special Collections: Archives of Maryland; Reports of the Maryland State Board of Education, 1876-1921; National Intelligencer (microfilm), 1745-1839; U.S. Federal Census, Prince George's County, MD, 1790-1910; 1755 Maryland Population Enumeration; Maps of Prince George's County, MD, 1861 Martinet; 1878 and 1894 G.M. Hopkins.
* Howard University, 2400 6th St., N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-806-6100
Special Collections: Moorland-Spingarn Research Collection; Moorland-Spingarn Research Center; Founder's Library.
* Jefferson Patterson Library, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD -20685, 410-586~050
* Library of Congress [LC], Main Building, First St., Washington, D.C. 20540, 202-707-6500
Special Collections: Black History Newspapers - The Afro American, 1896-1920; The Colored American, 1898- 1904; The Washington Bee, 1882-1922; The National Intelligencer, The Maryland Gazette, The Evening/Washington Star, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Sun Almanacs, 1876-19 IS; The Negro Historical Bulletin, The Journal of Negro History; The Crises Magazine; Proceedings of the Board of School Commissioners, 1865- 1922; The Journal of Southern History; Maryland Historical Magazine, The Christian Recoder.
* Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-727-1111
* Maryland Historical Society Library [MHSL], 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21401, 410-685-3750
* Maryland Room, Prince George's Co. Memorial Library System [MD Room, PGCML] 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20782
* Maryland Genealogical Society Library [MGSL], 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21201
* Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission [M-NCPPC], History Division, 4302 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg, MD 20710, 301-779-2011; TTY 301-779-5321. Call for appointment. Nothing circulates.
Special Collections: Research Notebooks on Adelphi Mill History, 1794-1951; Billingsley Research, Bladensburg Duelling Grounds, The Cottage Historical Research; Marietta Mansion Restoration; Gabriel Duvall Biographical Info., 18th-19th century; Montpelier Mansion Historical Research; Mt. Airy Research; Riversdale Mansion Restoration; Mary Surratt House Research; Surratt House Restoration of Kitchen; Thrift School; Waring Barn; George Washington House; Population Statistics, 1710-1870; Buildings Existing in Prince George's County Built Before 1800; Prince George's County Early Patents and Surveys; Rent Rolls; Slave Statistics Owners; County Fair Research; Real Property Tax Assessments, 182S-S0; Journal of the Proceedings of the School Board of Commissioners, 1865-1940; Archives of Maryland, Prince George's County 1755-1784, Levy Books, Early Land Records, Constables Returns and Wills, Early Church Records, 1800 Federal Census, 1850 Census Records, Maryland Gazette articles, 1727-1800; Various Patents and Land Records 1714-1915; Clergy in Maryland of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1860; Historical and Archeological Research of the William Paca Garden; Fire Insurance Policies, 1848-1855; Excerpts to the National Intelligencer, 1800-1813; Rent Rolls; Microfilm Collection, Maryland Gazette 1745-1839; Federal Census Microfilm, 1810-1910; National Intelligencer, 1800-1845; Gabriel Duvall Manuscripts, Immanuel Brookefield Microfilm; Prince George's County Historical Sites (including photographs).
* Maryland State Archives/Hall of Records [MSA], 3S0 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401, 800-23S 4045 or 410-974-3914
Special Collections: Land and Probate Records dating from 1634 to present. Birth and death certificates available beginning in 1875 for Baltimore City and 1898 for the counties. Civil marriage license records dating from 1777. Military records of Marylanders dating from the colonial period to the present century. Holdings in original records are strongest for the American Revolution, but service information from later periods as compiled in published sources can also be provided. The original service records for most American wars after the Revolution are available at the National Archives. Publications: A Guide to the holdings at the Maryland State Archives, Publication #003,[$5.00], A Guide to Government Records at the Maryland State Archives, Publication # 770, [S25.00]. HALL OF RECORDS: Slave Statistics, Prince George's County, 1867-1869; Certificates of Freedom; Manumissions; Land Records (deeds); Plats; Chancery Records (before 1852); Equity Records; Orphans Court Proceedings; Wills; Inventories; Indentures; Tax Assessment Books, 1793-1921; Church Records; WPA Church Survey, 1936-1940.
* Maryland State Law Library [MSL], Courts of Appeal Building, Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401
* National Archives, Pennsylvania Avenue, 7th & 9th Sts., NW, Washington, D.C. 20408, 202-501-5400. Please write or telephone before you come.
Special Collections on Black Studies: Microfilm and Bound Volumes including - Records of the Superintendent of Ed. for the DC Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872; Records of the Office to the Sec. of interior Relating to the Suppression of the African Slave Trade & Negro Colonization, 1854-1872; The Negro in the Military Service of the United States, 1639-1886; Minutes of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of MD, 1790-1911; Journal of the Board of Trustees and Minutes of the Committees and Inspectors of the Freedmen's Savings & Trust Co., 1865-1874; Index to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedmen's Savings & Trust Co., 1865-1867; Records of the Education Division of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865- 1871; Minutes of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of MD, 1790-1911; Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned lands, Bladensburg, MD; U.S. Federal Census, Prince George's Co., 1790-1910.
Other records include: Ship passenger arrival records (from 1800); census records (1790-1920); Eastern Cherokee Applications of the U.S. Court of Claims (1906-1909); veteran's records; genealogical records, including vital statistics, deeds and wills; population censuses (from 1790); mortality schedules; Indian records (mostly dated from 1830-1940); land records (dated chiefly 1800-1974); naturalization records (1790-1950); passport applications (1791- 1926); personnel records (civilian employees of the fed. govt. whose service ended before 1910); claims for pensions and bounty land; Seaman's Protection Certificate Applications (1808-1866 and 1916-1940); Army, Naval and Marine Service Records, and volunteers (dating from 1775-1916); Coast Guard Records (1791-1919); vital statistics (from 1884).
* National Archives II, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park, MD 20740-6001, 301-713-6800
Phone Numbers:
*General reference: 301-713-6800
*Nixon Pres. Materials Ref.: 301-713-6950
*Cartographic reference: 301-713-7040
*Motion Picture., Sound & Video ref: 301-713-7060
*Electronic Records reference: 301-713-6645
*JFK assassination records reference: 301-713-6620
*Still Picture reference: 301-713-6625

Research Hours:
*MW 8:45 am- 5:00 pm
*TU-TH-FR 8:45 am - 9:00 pm
*SAT 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
Records currently available for use include the cartographic and architectural holdings and the Nixon Presidential Materials, all previously housed in leased space in Alexandria, VA; electronic records; motion picture, sound and video records; the JFK Assassination Records Collection; still pictures; and textual records including (but not limited to) Record Group (RG 22), Reports of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; RG 48, Records of the Office of the Secretary of Interior; RG 40, Records of the Dept. of Commerce; RG 81, Reports of the International Trade Comm.; RG 16, Reports of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture; RG 7, Reports of the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine; RG 30, Records of the Bureau of Public Roads; RG 197, Records of the Civil Aeronautics Board; and RG 55, Records of the Govt. of the Virgin Islands; RG 57, Records of the U.S. Geological Survey; RG 70, Records of the U.S. Bureau of Mines; RG 138, Reports of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and RG 122, Records of the Federal Trade Commission. Selected records housed in the National Archives building in Washington, DC and the Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD, will relocate to the College Park building over the next 3 years.
* National Archives - Mid Atlantic Region, 9th and Market Streets, Room 1350, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-597-3000.
Regional archives preserve and make available for research federal records of enduring value that were created and maintained by federal agency field offices. Particularly prominent among these are records of the U.S. District Courts and Appeals Courts, the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Customs, and naval districts and shore establishments. Besides these original records, the regional archives have microfilm copies of many records frequently used by genealogists and of many records that are maintained in the Washington-area facilities. Regional archives holdings document national, regional, state and local activities and interests, and make each a national resource in a local setting.
* National Colonial Farm Museum & Library, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek, MD 20607, 301-283-2113.
Hours: M-F 9-5. Nothing circulates. By appointment only. Books on agriculture from all viewpoints, colonial history and many books relating to growing plants, cookbooks, herb gardening. Also Park Service studies done before Accokeek Foundation was formed.
* National Personnel Records Center (Military Records), NARA, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132
To request photocopies of records relating to service in World War I or World War II.
* Peabody Library, 17 East Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-659-8179
* Prince George's County Commission for Women [PGCCW], Dept. of Family Services, Women's Division, 9201 Basil Ct., Landover, MD; 301-883-5370.
* Prince George's Community College Library, 301 Largo Rd., Largo, MD, 301-322-0105
* Prince George's County Courthouse, 14735 Main St., Upper Marlboro, MD, 301-952-3655
Land Records, Equity Cases, Plats, Incorporation Records, Wills, Administration Files - Estate Papers, Marriage License Records, Chancery Records, Judgment Records.
* Prince George's Co. Genealogical Society Library [PGCGSL], 2219 Tulip Road Drive, Bowie, MD 20718- 0819; 301-262-2063.
Circulating library to members. Open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to dusk, except first Wednesday of each month, when library is closed at 1 p.m. Open last Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m. Contains: Documents on Church History; Archives & Guides; Heraldry; Family Histories and Genealogies; Foreign Family Histories; Oral, British and European History; Wars & Immigration, Local History-States; Periodicals, Foreign Journals; Microfilm and Cassettes.
* Prince George's County Genealogical Society, [PGCGS], P.O. Box 819, Bowie, MD 20718
* Prince George's Co. Historical Society [PGCHS], Fred DeMarr Library [FDML], Marietta Mansion, Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769, 301-4644590. [Open Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Nothing circulates.]
* Prince George's County Memorial Library System [PGCML]
Branch Libraries:
* Accokeek, 16200 Livingston Rd., Accokeek, MD 20607, 301-283-2521
* Baden, 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine, MD 20613, 301-888-1152
* Beltsville, 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville, MD 20705. 301-937-0294
* Bladensburg, 4820 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg, MD 20781, 301-927-4916
* Bowie, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD 20715, 301-262-7000
* Fairmount Heights, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Hts., MD 20785, 301-925-9700
* Glenarden, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden, MD 20706, 301-772-5477
* Greenbelt, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770, 301-345-5800
* Hillcrest Heights, 2398 Iverson St., Hillcrest Hts., MD 20748, 301-630-4900
* Hyattsville, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Adelphi, MD 20782, 301-779-9330
* Largo-Kettering, 9601 Capital Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 301-336-4044
* Laurel-Stanley Mem. Library, 507 7th St., Laurel, MD 20707, 301-776-6790
* Magruder, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD 20781, 301-277-3432
* Mt. Rainier, 3409 Rhode Island Ave., Mt. Rainier, MD 20784, 301-864-8937
* New Carrollton, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton, MD 20784, 301-459-6900
* Oxon Hill, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD 20745, 301-839-2400
* Spaulding, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Hts., MD 20747, 301-968-9533
* Surratts-Clinton, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton, MD 20735, 301-868-9200

Special Collections:
* Maryland Room - Hyattsville Branch
* Rex Tugwell Collection (Planned Communities) - Greenbelt Branch
* Black History - Oxon Hill Branch (Sojourner Truth Room)
* Horsebreeding and Horseracing - Bowie Branch (Selima Room)

* Public Documents Reference Library, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 301-957-3904
* State Law Library, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-974-3395
* University of Maryland Libraries [UMCP], College Park, MD 20740
Architectural Library, 301-405-6317
Hornbake Library, 301-405-9257
McKeldin Library, Maryland Room [Nothing in this library circulates], 301405-9075.
* Special Collections: G.W. Prange Collection, National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection.

Explanation of Abbreviated Source Codes

AFF: Alice Ferguson Foundation
DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution
EPFL: Enoch Pratt Free Library
FDML: Fred DeMarr Library
GPC: Genealogical Publishing Company
HPCL: Historic Preservation Commission Library
LC: Library of Congress
MD Room: Maryland Room
MGS: Maryland Geological Survey
MGSL: Maryland Genealogical Society Library
MHS: Maryland Historical Society
MHSL: Maryland Historical Society Library
MSA: Maryland State Archives
MSL: Maryland State Library
PGCCW: Prince George's County Commission for Women
PGCGS: Prince George's County Genealogical Society
PGCHS: Prince George's County Historical Society
PGCML: Prince George's County Memorial Library
UM: University of Maryland
UMCP: University of Maryland, College Park Campus

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