The Archivist's Bulldog

Vol. 9, No. 34, Newsletter of the Maryland State Archives, December 11, 1995
STAFF ACTIVITIES

Welcome to new staff member Debbie Gousha who has joined as a reference archivist to do telephone reference and work in the search room. Welcome also to three new reference volunteers: Frank Potter, Donald Thomson and Tony Lindauer.


REVIEW OF Settlers of Maryland, 1679-1700
by Carson Gibb

In his introduction to Settlers of Maryland, 1679-1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995) Peter Wilson Coldham says his purpose is to extend the work of Gust Skordas' The Early Settlers of Maryland. In its name and in being an index to early provincial land records Settlers resembles Early Settlers, but otherwise it is different.

First, the two authors do not use the term settlers in the same way. In Early Settlers it means immigrants, about 20,000 of whom are listed. In Settlers the term can mean immigrants, about 200 of whom are listed, but usually it refers to landholders. Second, instead of dates of immigration and service, Settlers contains information about the lands granted (or only surveyed) during the period 1679-1700: tract name and acreage, county, and dates of survey and patent. Some entries provide supplemental information about the individual for whom the survey was made or to whom the land was granted, such as family relationships or occupation. Third, Early Settlers is based on indexes compiled by the Land Office, and Settlers on Coldham's reading of fifteen volumes of patent records.

Coldham used microfilm copies of the patent records, obtained from the Maryland State Archives, to compile his entries and included in the introduction to Settlers a table showing volume references and film numbers. Unfortunately by the time his book was published the Archives had retired the WK film he used and refilmed the records, giving each film a new SR number, so better quality films could made be available for researchers. In addition, the targets on the WK film refer to whole number citations that are not used in any of the indexes and only sometimes to the combined letters and numbers that are used in the indexes. The Archives' staff prepared a new table containing correct citations and new SR film numbers. The publishers are inserting this page as an addendum in the books now being distributed.

Coldham's earlier books on Great Britain and America include English Estates of American Colonists: American Wills and Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1610-1857, Complete Book of Immigrants, 1607-1660, and many others concerning immigrants and convicts He has already finished the sequel to Settlers, and expects to continue the series to the American Revolution.


STATE AND LOCAL RECORDS REFERENCE REPORT
by Kevin Swanson

The October total of 939 reference requests represents a 13.1% increase over the October 1994 total of 830. Not surprisingly, this increase in requests was accompanied by a 27.5% rise in the number of records circulated, from 1177 last year to 1501 in 1995. There were 2 more vital records requests in October 1995 (223) than in 1994 (221). Circulation of district court records decreased by 2.4%, 279 compared to 286. Requests for records of the circuit courts and other agencies rose by an impressive 79.5%, 867 compared to 483.

Overall, the judiciary continues as the largest single user of SLR reference services. The number of reference requests received from the courts increased by 15.8% (242 compared to 209), thus accounting for 25.8% of all requests received and 35.4% of total record circulation.

Requests received by phone again increased in October, accounting for 37.8% of total requests, compared to 32.2% in 1994. Unfortunately, the number of requests faxed to the Archives decreased from 71 to 58. Overall, fax requests made up only 6.2% of the October 1995 total, while accounting for 8.6% of the October 1994 total. Fewer requests were generated from the search room (70) than had been the case in October 1994 (122). Search room requests accounted for 7.5% of October 1995 reference activity as compared to 14.7% last year, a decrease of 7.2%. We also received 35 requests handled in the lobby without requiring the patron to register for the search room.

The number of phone/fax requests (413) again fell short of the number of requests received through the mail (421), but not by very much. Encouragingly, phone/fax requests continue to far exceed the number of requests received through in-person visits (105). Phone/fax requests accounted for 44% of total requests, with the mail accounting for 44.8%.

Revenue from reference activity was up 40.7%, $7540 compared to $5360, in part because SLR is copying many records formerly done in the photo lab.


RECORD TRANSFERS

by Kevin Swanson

COURT OF APPEALS (Out of State Attorneys) 1994-1995 [MSA T228]
COURT OF APPEALS (Writs of Certiorari) 1994 [MSA T1214]
COURT OF APPEALS (Miscellaneous Papers, Miscellaneous Docket) 1992 [MSA T1215]
COURT OF APPEALS (Miscellaneous Papers) 1992 [MSA T1216]
COURT OF APPEALS (Opinions) 1992 [MSA T1217]
COURT OF APPEALS (Opinions, Miscellaneous Docket) 1990-1992 [MSA T1219]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS (Marriage Certificates) 1985-1986 [MSA T315]
DEPARTMENT OF LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE (Municipal Charter Amendments and Annexations) 1993-1994 [MSA T336]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS (License File) var.d. [MSA T2251]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, BOARD OF ARCHITECTS (License File) var.d. [MSA T2419]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY (License File) var.d. [MSA T2254]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, MARYLAND DEPOSIT INSURANCE FUND CORPORATION (Mortgage File, First Maryland Savings and Loan) var.d. [MSA T2629]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, MARYLAND DEPOSIT INSURANCE FUND CORPORATION (Mortgage File, Old Court Savings and Loan) var.d. [MSA T2656]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, REAL ESTATE COMMISSION (Minutes) 1953-1989 [MSA T2680]
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION, SECONDHAND PRECIOUS METALS AND GEM DEALERS AND PAWNBROKERS (License File) var.d. [MSA T2061]
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION (Bridge File) var.d. [MSA T2679]
DISTRICT COURT 12, AL (Civil Docket) 1971-1988 [MSA T1089]
DISTRICT COURT 12, GA (Criminal Docket) 1991 [MSA T1091]
DISTRICT COURT 12, GA (Civil Docket) 1971-1984 [MSA T1092]
CHARLES COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Land Records) 1844-1886, 1991-1993 [MSA T2346]
HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Land Records) 1853-1929 [MSA T2381]


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ACCESSIONS

by Nancy Bramucci

MSA SC 4536: Maryland State Law Library Collection, 1902-1915. Maps, Maryland Geological Survey, including maps of Maryland, 1907, 1908; soil map, AA, 1909, 1915; soil map, CE, 1902; topographic map, CE, 1902; soil map, HA, 1902; soil map, SM, 1903; soil map, WO, 1905, forest map, WO, 1905; map of Baltimore and vicinity, n. d. Original. Gift, Maryland State Law Library.
MSA SC 4537: Rau Collection, 1786. Patent, Thomas Bond, Bond's Water Mills. Original. Deposit, Edward Rau.
MSA SC 4538: Rizzuto Collection, 1901. Rand, McNally & Co., Rand, McNally & Co.'s Universal Atlas of the World...., 1901. Original. Gift, Barb Rizzuto.
MSA SC 4540: Severna Park Copy Negative Collection, 1920s. Copy negatives, advertisements concerning Severna Park. Shows some early houses. Includes map of the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) Electric Railroad system. Photographs. Gift, Nelson Molter.
MSA SC 4541: Janet Connor Collection, 1994. Slides, reenactment of the arrival of Governor Francis Nicholson at City Dock, Francis Street, State House. Slides. Gift, Janet Connor.
MSA SC 4542: Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Collection, 1900 ca. - 1980. Graphics, buildings associated with Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association including photographs taken just after the Baltimore Fire of 1904. Copy negatives. Gift, Marion Warren.
MSA SC 4543: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Collection, 1853-1939. Trinity Evangelical German Lutheran Church, Baltimore City, McEldery St.: register, 1853-1877 (in German); index, register, 1853-1859; 100th Anniversary Centennial booklet, 1839-1939. Microfilm.
MSA SC 4544: Fort Nisqually Collection, 1856. Deed, George Copper to George Blackiston, Piney Grove, KE, 21 June 1856; deed, George Law and wife to George D. Shields, tract in BC, 22 September 1856. Original. Gift, Fort Nisqually.
MSA SC 4545: Fullerton Collection, var.d. Gordon Fullerton, The Fullertons, Fullartons, and Fullingtons of North America 7th edition (Honolulu: Gordon Fullerton, 1995). Microfilm. Gift, Gordon Fullerton.
MSA SC 4546: Prince George's County Coin Club Collection, 1964-1995. Prince George's County Coin Club: secretary and treasurer's records, member lists, correspondence, financial records. Club disbanded in 1995. Original. Gift, Prince George's County Coin Club.
MSA SC 4547: St. Stephen and St. James' Evangelical Lutheran Church Collection, 1851-1975. St. Stephen and St. James' Evangelical Lutheran Church, American Lutheran Church, Eastern District, Baltimore, Hanover and Hamburg Sts. St. James' Church: church books I-V, 1894-1962. St. Stephen's Church: church books I-VI, 1851-1862, 1864-1962; minutes, congregation and council books I-II, 1851-1879. St. Stephen and St. James' Church: church book VII, 1962-1975. Microfilm.
MSA SC 4548: Trone Collection, 1810. Militia commission, Alevicaus Greene, 26 June 1810. Original. Gift, Peter Trone.
MSA SC 4549: St. Peter's Church Collection, 1799-1966. St. Peter's Church, St. Peter's Parish, Protestant Episcopal, Montgomery County, Poolesville: register, 1799-1919; vestry minutes, 1799-1966; original papers, 1836-1936. Microfilm.
MSA SC 4550: Jerusalem Mills Collection, 1833-1839. Ledger, Jerusalem Mills, HA. Original, microfilm. Deposit, Friends of Jerusalem Mills.
MSA SC 4551: Baltimore County Chattel Record Collection, 1800-1801. BALTIMORE COUNTY COURT (Chattel Record) WG No. 7. Transferred to MSA C298. Original.
MSA SC 4552: Laudeman Collection, 1968-1986. Appendix to the Report of the Special Counsel on the Savings & Loan Crisis, 1986; By-Laws, Rules, Regulations: Maryland Savings Share Insurance Corporation, n.d.; Conely J. Dillon, ed. Addresses and State Papers of J. Millard Tawes, Governor of Maryland, 2 vols.; Constitutional Revision Study Documents of the Constitutions Convention Commission of Maryland, 1968. Collection transferred to library. Published volumes. Gift, Susan Laudeman.
MSA SC 4553: Maryland History Filmstrip Collection, 1987 ca. Filmstrips: "Maryland Celebrates 200th Anniversary of the Constitution," "St. Mary's City, 1987," "Maryland Symbols." Film.
MSA SC 4554: Randall Collection, 1884 ca. - 1885 ca. Photographs, residence of C.W. & M.J. Randall, Forrestville, PG; Charles W. Randall's Steam Saw Grist and Flouring Mills, Forrestville, PG. Photographs. Gift, Arthur and Jean Anderson.
MSA SC 4555: Riccio Collection, 1983-1992. Materials relating to the MD Route 450 bridge over the Severn River. Copies, bluelines. Gift, Eleanor Riccio.
MSA SC 4556: Civil Office Index Collection, 1650 ca. - 1800 ca. Civil Office Index: list of office holders pulled from original sources including land records, commission books and probate records. Includes clamshell with handwritten notes concerning county sheriff and justice of the peace lists. Original, database. Gift, Maryland State Archives.
MSA SC 4557: Annapolis City Directory Collection. 1910-1925. Classified Buyer's Guide of Annapolis, Maryland 1924-1925 (New York: R.L. Polk & Co.); Annapolis City Directory for 1910. See also MSA SC 4369 for Annapolis city directories available on microfilm [M 11538]. See MSA SC 2140 for city directories (or excerpts from) for 1896-97, 1910, 1924, 1934, and 1939 and Annapolis telephone directories for 1909, 1932, 1936-37, and 1947-48. See library for Annapolis city directories for 1939 and 1972. Microfilm. Purchased.


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