Executive Summary

[State Archives entrance, Annapolis, Maryland] Mission

The State Archives is the central depository for Maryland government records, and certain designated private records of permanent value. Holdings date from 1634 to the present. They include colonial and State executive, legislative and judicial records; county probate, land and court records; publications and reports of State, county and municipal government; records of religious bodies (particularly as they relate to the recording of births, deaths, and marriages);  business records; and special collections of maps, newspapers, photographs, and private papers. Our central mission is to preserve and make electronically available the permanent records of the past, while providing reliable current information about Maryland State, county and municipal government in a web-enabled, accessible environment that is continually compiled and updated.

State Archives entrance, Annapolis, Maryland.


It is the Archives' vision to be a state archives which preserves government records (as well as certain designated private records) and provides access to these records in a convenient cost-effective manner, and, where possible, in a web-enabled environment.

Key Goals and Highlights of 2001

During 2001, the Archives addressed its key goals in a number of important ways. Details of these initiatives and many other Archives' programs can be seen in the individual departmental reports that follow.

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