How long will it take to get my research question answered?

You can expect to receive an estimate of the time to complete the question within two weeks of your initial email.  The estimate will include the types of materials available, the number of hours needed, and the fee.  You will receive your information as soon as possible after agreeing to make the contribution.

Can I come in person instead of contacting you via email?

The non-lending library is available when the Museum is open, as long as there is not a private event occurring. However, the archives are not open when the Collections Manager is not on site.  If you prefer to come in person, it is best to make an appointment by email.

What kind of information is in the archives?

The collection includes papers, photographs, and objects documenting over 200 years of local history. Highlights include:

  • The rural economy (18th through 20th century) – farming, milling, lumbering, orchard and dairy industries, tobacco, slavery, and freedom
  • Transportation – the C&O canal, the B&O railroad, roads, horses, oxen, wagons, carriages, and early automobiles
  • Education – primary through university level, innovations, schools for girls, schools for African Americans
  • Life in the rural villages that preceded today’s megalopolis – general store records, family history, historic homes, land deeds, and marriage and birth records
  • An index to Montgomery County manumission records listed by slave owner and the name of the person freed

The original minutes of many of Sandy Spring’s early social and agricultural clubs and the six volumes of the Annals of Sandy Spring, begun by Quakers in 1863, chronicling a century of community history, the longest such record in the nation.