Writing It All Down: Basic Archival Sources of Maryland History
The Founding of Maryland:
- A Relation of the Successefull beginnings of the Lord Baltemore's Plantation in Mary-land
- The original official Maryland charter language in English - June 1632
- The Charter of Maryland
- Maryland's First Governor, Leonard Calvert - served from 1633 to 1647
- Examples of Early Laws of Government - 1637-1664
- Maryland Day Celebrations, March 25
- Putting Maryland on the Map - Charts and Maps the Colonists would have used
Religious and Civil Freedom Under Law:
- Act Concerning Religion [known as the Act of Toleration] (April 21, 1649). GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL (Proceedings) 1637-1657 MSA S1071-4 (original) and GENERAL ASSEMBLY, UPPER HOUSE (Proceedings) MSA S 977-1, ff. 354-359 (official recorded version). For an introduction and illustration of the Act see: Gerald W. Johnson, The Maryland Act of Toleration (Annapolis: Maryland Hall of Records, 1973). The original was on exhibit at the Library of Congress in Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, which continues as an electronic exhibit.
- See also: An Act Concerning Religion, April 21, 1649: An Interpretation and Tribute to the Citizen Legislators of Maryland. Archives of Maryland (Documents for the Classroom) MSA SC 2221-25.
- "The Lord Baltimore's Case concerning his Plantation in Mary-Land" - February 1649/50
- The Bush River Declaration - March 22, 1775
- First copy of the Declaration of Independence including the names of the signers, printed by Mary Katherine Goddard, January 18, 1777.
- Washington Resigns his Commission, December 23, 1783
- Proclaiming Peace: Ratification of the Treaty of Paris, January 14, 1784
- The United States Constitution - first printing in Maryland, September 22, 1787
- The Bill of Rights - signed by Thomas Jefferson (1791)
- Current Maryland Constitution
Captain Berry's Will: Debauchery, Miscegenation, & Family Strife Among 18th Century Gentry transcribed and introduced by Carson Gibb, Ph.D. (c. 1784)
Letter from John Hewes to his father Edward discussing his sale of the Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser to William Gwynn November 6, 1812
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