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Maryland Manual, 1973-74
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Library Committee
Chairman: Robert C. Murphy
Chief Judge, Court of Appeals
Wilson K. Barnes, Associate Judge, Court of Appeals
William J. McWilliams, Associate Judge, Court of Appeals
Nelson J. Molter, Director
Courts of Appeal Building, Annapolis 21401 Telephone: 267-5395
The State Library was established by Chapter 53, Acts of 1826.
The Library Committee, which is composed of at least three mem-
bers appointed by the Court of Appeals (Code 1957, 1971 Repl- Vol.,
Art. 41, sec. 155), exercises general supervision over the Library
and appoints the Director (Code 1957,1971 Repl. Vol., Art. 41, sec. 155).
The Library consists of a legal section of approximately seventy-
two thousand (72,000) volumes, and a reference section of approxi-
mately forty-eight thousand (48,000) volumes. The reference section
contains many rare books, maps, and documents, including the sub-
scription edition of the four elephant folio volumes of Audubon's
Birds of America, the most complete file now in existence of the
early issues (1745-1838) of the Maryland Gazette, bound volumes
between 1837 and 1883 and microfilm copies of the Baltimore Sun-
papers from 1884 to date, as well as other early newspapers and
periodicals. In addition, the Library possesses an almost complete set
of the United States Documents, Serial number series, dating back to
the Continental Congress. In 1970, the Governor designated the State
Library as the official depository for the classic lithograph print of
each of the twenty-nine state bird species by Richard Sloan and
donated by the Greggsville Wild Bird Society.
The Law Library, which contains all state, federal, and many
foreign court reports, session laws, codes, legal texts, compendiums,
legal periodicals, and other legal reference material, is an integral
part of the operation of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the
Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and furnishes legal, reference
and research material and facilities to the court, judges, lawyers,
State departments and officials, and the general public. The Library
is designated as a United States Depository Library. All State officials
and agencies are required by law to place one copy of all of their
reports and other publications in the Library (Code 1957, 1973 Repl.
Vol., Art. 40, sec. 53). The Library has also been designated as an
official depository for all codes published by local governments, both
county and municipal (Code 1957, 1973 Repl. Vol., Art. 25, sec. 32A;
Art. 23A, sec. 8B). All State Agencies, except the Legislative and
Judicial Departments are required by Chapter 797, Acts of 1969 to
file copies of their rules and regulations with the State Library (Art.
41,1971 Repl. Vol. sec. 9).
The Library is the distributing agency for the session laws and
journals (Code 1957, 1971 Repl. Vol., Art. 41, sec. 155), the Maryland
Reports (Code 1957, 1971 Repl. Vol., Art. 41, sec. 155), and the Mary-
land Appellate Reports. The Library also distributes the Annotated
Code of Maryland under the direction of the Board of Public Works.
Appropriations 1973 1974
General Funds ................. $97,362 $95,272
Totals ...................
Staff: 5.

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