One of the earliest documents in the Archives' collections is a first hand account of the voyage of the Ark and the Dove to settle the Maryland colony in 1634. Beginning with this early record and going right up to modern times, Maryland is blessed with one of the best documented histories of any of the original 13 colonies. The Archives' collections are rich with our basic documentary record.
The Archives also holds documents relating to Maryland's wider role in the making of our nation, including those relating to George Washington's resignation as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the State House, and Annapolis Convention of 1786 that led to the creation of our national Constitution.
Through its care for these
documents and, by making them accessible to the public, the Archives is
preserving Maryland's collective memory.