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Maryland History: Resources for Teachers

Note: Those Web sites below that provide access to lesson plans are indicated in red .
Maryland History


School Improvement in Maryland: Voluntary State Curriculum for Social Studies


Teaching American History in Maryland: Documents for the Classroom  [MD State Archives]

  • Note: Some of the material on this Web site requires a password, which is readily available on the site, once you are in a topic, in the section that explains Password Access to Materials


Lesson Plans

Maryland Historical Society

Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage [Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore]

  • Digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, artwork and books reflecting Maryland's history
  • Provides links to other digital collections on Maryland's cultural heritage

Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad [MPT]

  • Learning tool developed for students in grades 4 and 8

Civil War in Maryland [University of Maryland, College Park]

  • Collection of documents digitized in preparation for an exhibit in 2011

Baltimore '68: Riots & Rebirth

  • One of the digitized collections available through the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library Special Collections
  • Look at Oral Histories for mp3 files and transcripts of reminiscences of the riot that took place in Baltimore in April, 1968 following the assasination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Images includes a group of photographs and Links leads to other websites, some with primary sources

Maryland's African American Musical History [JHU Peabody Institute]


The Maryland History and Culture Bibliography [from Maryland Historical Magazine]

  • A bibliography of articles, books, and dissertations on Maryland culture and history
  • No full text

Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame [MD Archives]   

  • Use guest login and password, which is noted on the site, for access to special features
  • Biographies of “Maryland women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural, and social life of the state and to provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders.” – from the site
  • Some entries also include a bibliography and image
  Remember that Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library is a wonderful resource! Visit the Maryland Room, the Digital Collection (images of primary sources available online) and check through their wide selection of online databases , by topic (Try African American Resources and Social Sciences).  
books For BOOKS on Maryland history that can be checked out, visit the 5th floor stacks under the call # F181 for adult books, or for juvenile books, search the Cook Catalog, trying an Advanced Search on your topic, limiting your search to Juvenile Fiction & Nonfiction or Curriculum Guides & Material.  

F181 M317

Maryland: A History of Its People
. 1986

  • A textbook
F181 M26

Maryland: The Seventh State A History

  • Brief histories on Maryland counties and their subdivisions
F181 S3

History of Maryland from the Earliest Period to the Present Day
. 1879 (3 vols.)

  • Classic history of Maryland

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WWW Maryland Museums

 B and O Railroad Museum


Baltimore Museum of Industry 


Baltimore Streetcar Museum 

Fort McHenry National Monument
Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum 

Hampton National Historical Site

Historic Ships in Baltimore

Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum


Jewish Museum of Maryland


Reginald  F. Lewis Museum
of Maryland African American History & Culture

  • Look at the museum's links to other websites on Maryland African American History & Culture

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WWW U.S. History




National History Education Clearinghouse [George Mason U] 

  • Web site for those who teach U.S. history K-12
  • Click on Teaching Materials and scroll down the resulting page to search the Lesson Plans Gateway for lesson plans on your topic

History Matters:  The U.S. Survey Course on the Web

  • “…this site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence.” – from the site
  • Points to primary sources- Many Pasts and Web sites with annotations- WWW.History, which can be searched by topic, time period, keyword, or type of document, including text, images, audio, and video
  • In the Advanced Search feature of this site, enter your keyword(s) and select WWW.History - Syllabi & Assignments to identify sites that feature classroom activities and lesson plans
  • Includes information to help students use primary sources effectively, evaluating Web sites and citing

American Memory Project [Library of Congress] 

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans Library: U.S. History  [Discovery Education]

  • Arranged by K-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • For additional lesson plans, try searching Google with a topic and the words lesson plan or
  • Identify instructional materials, including lesson plans by searching ERIC (Ebsco), available online through Research Port, search by database name (Requires either a Cook Library ID or Enoch Pratt Library card to access from off site.)
    • Once in the database, click on Advanced Search tab
    • Enter your topic in the search box
    • Use the drop down box to Select desired Educational Level (e.g. Elementary Education)
    • Use the drop down box to select Publication Type, Guides - All

Digital History [University of Houston]

  • Area for teachers includes learning modules, lesson plans, classroom handouts, and resource guides

History Now: American History Online [A Quarterly Journal]

  • Each issue of this online journal which began in September, 2004 is available at this site and….
    • Is devoted to a theme in American history -  some featured topics have included immigration, women’s suffrage, primary sources on slavery, abolition, American cities
    • Features four to six articles on various aspects of a topic, written by historians
    • Provides a regular column, “From the Teacher’s Desk” that presents sample lesson plans on the featured topic for elementary, middle school and high school students
    • Includes an accompanying bibliography of books and links to relevant Web sites

United States History [PBS] 

  • Instructional resources that accompany PBS programs on U.S. history topics, each with suggested readings and teacher’s guides suggesting classroom activities

Internet Public Library: U.S. History 

  • Provides links to Web sites on U.S. history, arranged under subcategories such as African-American history, historical documents, United States historical maps, and United States history by era and by region

Dictionary of American History  (10 vols.)

  • Available through Find It in the Cook Library Catalog (Requires Cook Library ID #)
  • Also available in the Cook Library Reference Collection - Ref E174 D52 2003
  • Brief articles written by scholars, each accompanied by a bibliography
  • Volume 9 includes archival maps and primary source documents

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website Cities




Encyclopedia of American Urban History ( 2 vols.)

  • Available through Find It in the Cook Library Catalog (Requires Cook Library ID #)
  • Also available in the Cook Library Reference Collection - Ref HT123 E49 2007
  • Historical focus providing background information of urban issues and articles on cities

Cities and Towns Maps Home Page (American Memory Project, Library of Congress) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/cityhome.html

"[Historic]maps that depict individual buildings to panoramic views of large urban areas. These maps record the evolution of cities illustrating the development and nature of economic activities, educational and religious facilities, parks, street patterns and widths, and transportation systems." --From Web site--
Most maps range from 1880 - 1900.


Cook Library Catalog Searching for Books on Baltimore

  • For a general search try searching by subject word/s: baltimore and history
  • To browse for books on Baltimore search by subject beginning with: Baltimore md
  • The call number for Baltimore is F189 B
Below are some reference books located on the main floor of the library (and some also online) that deal with topics such as African American history and the U.S. Civil War.
E185 E545

Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619 - 1895
(3 vols.)

  • Article entitled - Baltimore, Maryland, Slavery in
  • Also available full text online through the Oxford African American Studies Center (See below.) (Requires Cook Library ID #)
E185.6 E54 2006

Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration
(3 vols.)

  • Article entitled - Baltimore, Maryland

E441 J49


Slavery in the South: A State-by-State History

  • Article on Maryland includes a timeline, statistics, a description of the evolution of slavery in the state from its origins to emancipation, a bibliography of books, and Web sites
  • Also, available through Find It in the Cook Library Catalog (Requires Cook Library ID #)
E441 D53

Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery

  •  Article entitled – Maryland, Slavery in
  • Includes articles on topics such as cotton gin, slave culture, economics of slavery, slave children, master-slave relations
  • Each article accompanied by a selected bibliography
E185 A79 1998

African-American Atlas:Black History and Culture – An Illustrated History 

E468 E53

Encyclopedia of the American Civil War
 (4 vols.)

  • Articles entitled – Baltimore, Maryland; Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; Maryland
E185.86 B542 2005

Black Women in America
(3 vols.)

  • Check index under Baltimore, Chesapeake Region, Maryland
  • Also available full text online through the Oxford African American Studies Center (See below.) (Requires Cook Library ID #)

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WWW Periodical & Newspaper Articles  

Cook Library's databases are available from off campus through Research Port. Search by database name (Requires a Cook Library ID # to search from off site.)

America History & Life

  • Use this database for in-depth information on topics related to American history
  • Available online
  • Indexes journal and magazine articles, and dissertations that cover American history from 1450 A.D. to date
  • Indexes articles that have been published in the Maryland Historical Society's Maryland Historical Magazine, which is available in print on the 2nd floor of Cook Library and at many libraries throughout the state
  • Once in database, click on Advanced Search tab
    • Some sample searches = Try searching the phrase baltimore or maryland as SU Subject, in addition to a topic such as slave* as a SU Subject or the phrase baltimore and railroad as SU Subject or (maryland or baltimore) and england as SU Subject or (maryland or chesapeake) and (trade or business) as SU Subject search

Oxford African American Studies Center

  • The content is mostly drawn from the following publications: Africana; Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; and African American National Biography
  • Search by keyword and limit by type of resource including: biographies; subject entries; primary sources; images & multimedia; maps; charts & tables

Black Studies Center

  • This database includes scholarly essays, journal and newspaper articles, current and historical on African Americans

Baltimore Afro-American [newspaper] 1893- 1988.

  • Cook Library does not subscribe to this, but it is available through the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County public libraries

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  Databases with Primary Sources
Search by database name
(Requires a Cook Library ID # to search from off site.)

American History in Video

  • Commercial (e.g. History Channel, A&E) films, governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and documentaries with accompanying transcripts that cover history
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Indexed by historical event, year, people, places, and topics

Films on Demand

  • Films from the Films Media Group, Films for the Humanities & Scinces, Cambridge Educational and Meridian Education
  • Mostly secondary sources but also archival films and newsreels from the World War II era
  • Films on many subjects, searchable by keyword in title and/or film segment

AP Images

  • Search by keyword, date created
  • Historical photos date back to the 1800's


  • Searchable image database of paintings, sculpture, architecture, archaeology, and maps
  • Great for lessons on historical time periods (Greek, Roman, Renaissance, etc.) and cultural studies by region (Africa, Latin America, Asia)

Smithsonian Global Sound

  • Music and written word, searchable by genre, cultural group, country, language, instrument
  • Includes sound files and liner notes

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online

  • Browse by historical event, personal event (e.g. reaction to death, childbirth, emigration, murder, physical illness), place (where written, where sent, where discussed), date (1550s -)
  • Try a keyword search for baltimore

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 - 2000

  • Browse by chronology, movements, and people
  • Try a keyword search for baltimore
  • Teaching Tools area including topics such as the birth control movement, African American women and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, female moral reform, Lawrence textile strike, woman suffrage, peace activists in the 1920s, Women's Rights Movement

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