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Thirty-Seventh Annual Report of the Archivist of the Hall of Records, FY 1972
Volume 477, Page 2   View pdf image (33K)
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Efforts were continued by the Archivist to return the records
of the State of Maryland to their rightful custody. Emphasis was put on
the Scharf Papers, now in the custody of the Maryland Historical Society,
having been placed there by The Johns Hopkins University Library. They
were given to the University by J. Thomas Scharf with the condition that
they would be organized and added to until they formed a body of records
rich enough for students of Southern History. The University neglected
them sorely until finally it gave them to the Historical Society in the
hope that there they would receive the attention they deserved. However,
for many years this hope was unfulfilled until the last few years when the
Society had made an effort to organize them in some sort of arrangement so
that they would be usable.

At the last meeting of the Hall of Records Commission, which
was attended by Mr. Hopkins, President of the Society, and Mr. Filby,
Director, a compromise was struck: the Society would furnish xerox copies
of the manuscript material in the collection for which the State would pay
five thousand dollars. At the present time, about a fourth of the materials
have been sent to us. I have examined all of them and come to the obvious
conclusion that all of it comes from the files of the Land Office primarily
from the nineteenth century with a small percentage from the second half
of the eighteenth century. And like all compromises this one has proved to
be unsatisfactory. All of the original material should be returned to
the Land Office files where they would fall into their natural place and
not require an artificial arrangement which would be immensely difficult
and unnatural according to every recognized archival principle.

While no new county record series were acquired this year, we
filled in some others, for example, from the Baltimore Superior Court we
filmed over four hundred volumes of land records bringing this series
from January 1947 to June 1948. There remains to be done the land records
from June 1948 to December 1948 in order to fill the series from the first
volume to the last volume. The Register of Wills records were likewise
completed. Two surveyor's records from the late eighteenth century to
the middle of the nineteenth were brought from the Frederick County Courthouse
Thirty-five volumes of Talbot County Assessment Books from the middle
nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century were likewise
accessioned. Two additional Protestant Episcopal Church Records were
microfilmed, Christ Church in Anne Arundel County, and the six or seven
parish records from the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation.

Our effort to complete records of the United Methodist churches
in Maryland went on apace, for the most part, from the middle of the nine-
teenth century, were filmed and added to our collection. In addition we
received the records of two churches of the United Brethren in Christ sects..



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