OF RECORDS COMMISSION MEETING
The Hall of Records Commission,
chaired by the Honorable Robert M. Bell, met at the Archives on November
25. Chris Allan, former deputy state archivist, was present as a special
guest in his role as the organizer of a friends of the Archives group.
Chairman Bell presented Diane Evartt and Pat Melville with Governor's Citations
for their many years of service at the Archives.
Several administrative and
fiscal matters were presented to the Commission. Ed Papenfuse announced
that he is surveying state archives throughout the country regarding the
effects of reduced budgets. The Slavery Commission received a $25,000 grant
from the National Park Service for the study of the underground railroad
in Maryland. These funds will help continue the research begun during the
summer, including the documentation of runaways through ads placed in the
Baltimore Sun and other newspapers.
The new law regarding the
electronic recordation of state highway plats by the Archives is being
implemented, and researchers are already using the documents.
The Hammond-Harwood House
Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland, 1608 - 1908 (The
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 1982) has been out of print
for several years. Ed's desire to revise and expand the publication was
made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Rosenburg Foundation. The new
book, entitled The Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps
of Maryland, 1608-1908 will encompass many more plates, in color, including
all county wall maps. This enhanced edition will contain new information
about mapping and state boundaries and higher definition illustrations.
Full size reproductions of the maps will be available for a fee.