I'm sorry I forgot the Maryland Historical Society Library does charge a
per-day usage fee. When I last went it was $6.
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Subject: RE: [AYR] What are top 10 Public Librariesin the USA
1. The George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland "contains over 300,000
volumes largely from the 18th and 19th centuries." Their "blurb"
specifically mention genealogy, but I can tell you for example that they
have almost the entire Old Series of Scottish Record Society Publications,
as well as numerous other volumes of British history and even some from the
European continent. My work there focused on the Scottish, so I'm not
familiar with their U.S. history and genealogy. Their site points out that
"Notable collection strengths are archaeology, British art and architecture,
British and American history, biography, English and American literature,
Romance languages and literature, Greek and Latin classics, history of
science, geography, and exploration and travel including a large map
collection. The collection also includes some bound manuscripts." Here's
their site, which shows you the massiveness of their shelved collection.
They also have a collection of rare books and manuscripts, which may be on
some of the upper floors and not open to the public; which is to say, they
have to retrieve items for you rather than you simply picking them up from
I think that website is fairly new.
2. Just a few blocks from the Peabody is the Maryland Historical Society
with its historical and genealogical collection. Not impressively huge, but
they have books and materials not only from Maryland but from many other
States as well, including numerous bound (and some unbound) volumes of
family histories, shelved alphabetically by surname. Here is their library
3. An hour from Baltimore of course is Washington, DC with the Library of
Congress. They have a great online catalogue, in which a search for the
keyword "genealogy" rendered over 9,000 results. I should point out that
those results include not only volumes relating to numerous (presumably all)
U.S. States but also some from other countries round the world including the
So, a trip to the Baltimore-DC area might be very rewarding indeed.
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Subject: [AYR] What are top 10 Public Librariesin the USA
When I visited the Dallas Public Library in 2012, they said that they were
the 8th largest Library in the USA. Then this year when I visited Allan
County Public Library in Fort Wayne, they said they were the largest public
library in the USA. The Allen County people had a single room the size of
half a football field for just 929 Family Histories. And they had two other
rooms I did not even have a chance to look at about the same size. A Lady
from Salt lake City told me that Allen County Library was far better than
the library at Salt Lake City.
So the question running around my held on the way home form the USA was what
are the top ten Libraries in the USA?
I assume that other Countries also have main Genealogical Libraries that
people researching their family would also need to visit before taking any
overseas trip to see what is available.
Historical Committee, HBS