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RG.15
Collection on Historic St. Mary's City


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Summary Information
Biographical/Historical note
Scope and Contents note
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory

Summary Information

Repository
St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives
Title
Collection on Historic St. Mary's City
ID
RG 15
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1966-2005
Date [inclusive]
1907-2017
Extent
3.5 Linear feet 7 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Artificial file of documents, reports, and correspondence related to the Historic St. Mary's City park and living history museum. Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) commemorates the fourth permanent English settlement in North America, Maryland’s first city and for sixty-one years, its original colonial capital. The HSMC research department was established in 1966 and the archaeology program began in 1971. Decades of research are the foundation of exhibits assembled across the landscape: re-created structures in the town center, the Brick Chapel of 1667, the State House of 1676, a Woodland Indian hamlet, a tall ship, and a tobacco plantation complete with heritage livestock.

Preferred Citation note

[item description], RG 15 Collection on Historic St. Mary's City, Box [number] Folder [number], St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives.

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Biographical/Historical note

Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) commemorates the fourth permanent English settlement in North America, Maryland’s first city and for sixty-one years, its original colonial capital. The HSMC research department was established in 1966 and the archaeology program began in 1971. Decades of research are the foundation of exhibits assembled across the landscape: re-created structures in the town center, the Brick Chapel of 1667, the State House of 1676, a Woodland Indian hamlet, a tall ship, and a tobacco plantation complete with heritage livestock.

Source: Historic St. Mary's City "About" website https://hsmcdigshistory.org/about/

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Scope and Contents note

Artificial file of documents, reports, and correspondence related to the Historic St. Mary's City park and living history museum. Files are organized chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open without restriction.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Artificial collection created by college archivist, containing mostly separated items from the archival collection of past presidents of St. Mary's College of Maryland, and other loose files transferred to the archive.

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Collection Inventory

Box

"The Old State House : Col. Tilghman Finds A Valuable Copper Plate Engraving : Record of Historic Building : Present is the Third Capitol on The Sate - Changes in the Circle." Baltimore Sun news article 1907 March 13 

1

Tercentenary Program [photocopy of a published item, does not contain title page] 1934 June 

1

"St. Mary's City." Maryland Department of Information 1955 September 29 

1

A Bill to create the St. Mary's City Commission. House bill no. 835. 1966 Feb. 28 

1

Memoranda and correspondence. Vice Admiral Felix Johnson to Gen. Robert Hogaboom re: coordination of St. Mary's College of Maryland and the St. Mary's City Commission; Judge Philip Dorsey to Ren Jackson re: the archaeological laboratories moving off of SMCM campus; HSMC to many agencies re: staging "Wings of the Morning" at Brome's Wharf 1967 May 3; 1974 September 5; 1975 January 29 

1

"Outline Plan for Preservation and Development of Historic St. Mary's City." 1967 March 7 

1
Drawer Folder

Proposed Route 5 bypass around Historic St. Mary's City and behind present-day college 1968 August 

7 4
Box

"Outline Plan for Preservation and Development of Ancient St. Mary's City : Second Edition" 1969 March 4 

1

A Plan for the Preservation and Development of Maryland's First Capital 1970 March 

1

"Ancient St. Mary's City" newspaper feature 1971 November 

1

"A Plan for the Outdoor Museum at Maryland's State Capital" 1974 April 

1

Maryland Historical Magazine. St. Mary's City Commission Special Issue 1974 Summer 

1

Maryland Day at St. Mary's City. To Celebrate the 240th Anniversary of the Founding of Maryland 1974 August 30 

1

Wings of the Morning" [play]: Official Souvenir Program 1977 

1

"An Earthly View of Life on a Seventeenth-Century Farm" by Robert W. Keeler, St. Mary's City Commission. Paper delivered before the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology 1977 January 5 

Scope and Contents note

OCLC: none

1

Agreement between St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission and the State of Maryland with St. Mary's City Commission and St. Mary's College regarding St. Mary's City project 1977 December 28 

1
Drawer Folder

"A Self-guide to Maryland's First Capital." Includes sections titled: "History," "Nature Trails," Why Settle Here?", "The Village," "The State House," "St. John's," and "Tolle-Tabbs House" after 1977 

4 3
Box

St. Mary's City. A Plan for the Outdoor Museum at Maryland's First Capital. (includes map) undated 

1

Maryland's State House of 1676 undated 

1

Pope's Freehold undated 

1

J. Frank Raley remarks on St. Mary's City development 1979 October 22 

1

"our town we call St. Mary's" : Published quarterly at Old St. Mary's City, Vol. II, No. 2 1980 Summer 

1

Promotional Materials 1980s 

1

Articles of Incorporation for St. Mary's City Foundation, Inc. 1982 

1

A Report on Two Years of Progress. St. Maries Citty 1982 

1

Correspondence file of SMCM President Ted Lewis. Includes draft legislation related to the possible merger of HSMC and SMCM 1984 April - 1990 October 

1

"350 and counting : a 5 year agenda for Historic St. Mary's City." Committee for Long-Range Planning 1984 November 26 

1
Drawer Folder

"In honor of Margaret Brent : America's First Woman to Seek the Right to Vote : Commemorative Garden : 350th Anniversary of Maryland : St. Mary's City" poster. Delivered to HSMC by the League of Women Voters Berkeley - Albany - Emeryville [in oversize folder] 1984 June 24 

Scope and Contents note

Poster commemorating Margaret Brent, the first woman in America to seek the right to vote. Donated by the League of Women Voters at Berkeley Albany Emeryville in 2012, it celebrates the 350th anniversary of Maryland, June 24, 1984 at St, Mary’s City, MD. Included is the letter of donation.

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Box

Newsletter. Vol. 7, No. 3; Vol 8, No.1; Vol. 12, No. 4 now titled "A Briefe Relation"; Vol. 13, No. 4; Vol. 14, No. 3 [library has bound copies of newsletter beginning Vol. 16, No. 3, in 1994] 1985 Fall, 1986 Spring, 1989 Winter, 1991 Winter, 1992 Fall 

1

Calendar of Events 1986 

2

Joint Maintenance with SMCM 1987-1991 

2

Newspaper Clippings 1987-1997 

2

Country Inn Feasibility Study. "Study of Potential Market Demand, Site Selection and Statements of Estimated Operating Results for a Country Inn to be Located in St. Mary's City, Maryland : Preliminary Draft for Discussion Purposes Only" 1988 December 

2

Promotional Materials. Includes 4 brochures and short memos titled "Exploring the Past and Planning the Future at Historic St. Mary's City," "Significant Firsts at St. Mary's," "Religious Toleration in Early Maryland," "Farthing's Ordinary," and "Historic St. Mary's City Revenue Figures." 1989 

2

Results of an Intensive Surface Collection of the Mill Field Locality, by Timothy B. Riordan 1989 September 

2

"The Birth of an American Freedom : Religion in Early Maryland : A Proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities : Historic St. Mary's City." Henry Miller and Timothy B. Riordan 1989 October 15 

2

National Register of Historic Places paperwork and maps. Includes, "Revised Report on the Boundaries of the 'Town Land' of St. Mary's City" by Lois Carr, 1968 Fall after 1989 

2

Annual report 1990, 1995 

2

Memorandum: Parcels identified for possible deaccession or fee acquisition by the St. Mary's City Commission 1990 March 9 

2

"Archaeological and Historical Information for the Historic St. Mary's City Planning Committee" by Henry M. Miller and Lois Green Carr 1990 April 

2

"Preserving St. Mary's Townlands" : study committee report. Also notes: Draft Internal Document : Not for reproduction or distribution 1990 June 

2

"Preserving St. Mary's Townlands" : study committee report [note, this is a later draft, and is not marked internal use only; has less appendices than the internal use only report] 1990 June 

2

Report to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee : Report on Goals and Objectives for Future Development of St. Historic St. Mary's City. Prepared by Department of Housing and Community Development 1990 June 5 

2

Museum Assessment Program Repot : Historic St. Mary's City : by Paul B. Parvis 1990 Summer 

2

Correspondence and draft legislation re: HSMC & SMCM merger. From the files of the SMCM president. 1990 May - 1992 December 

2

Program Review (potential benefits of transferring control of HSMC to SMCM) 1990 December 3 

2

Correspondence and draft legislation re: HSMC & SMCM merger. From the files of the SMCM president. 1991 January - 1992 January 

3

HSMC Commission Legislation 1991, 1996-1997 

3

Md. House of Delegates Bill No. 776. An Act concerning the Historic St. Mary's City Commission 1991 February 1 

3

Map showing Known Archaeological Sites in and around Historic St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College of Maryland circa 1992 

3
Drawer Folder

Discussion Workbook : Masterplan Update : Historic Saint Marie's City. Developed for Historic Saint Mary's City Commission by Mary Means and Associates [in oversize folder] 1991 October 

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Box

"Historic St. Mary's City : Master Plan Update" 1992 January 

3

HSMC Master Plan Update (Folder One) 1992 January 

3

HSMC Master Plan Update (Folder Two) 

3

Joint Plan, Committee of Cooperation, Historic St. Mary's City Commission and St. Mary's College of Maryland 1992 June 29 

3

Press Release, College, Commission File Upbeat Report on First Year of Joint Efforts 1992 August 4 

3

Project Lead Coffins, Status Report (also includes June 1991 newspaper clipping) 1992 November 20 

3
Drawer Folder

16 architectural drawings. "Reconstruction of the Brome-Howard House and outbuildings and the Native American Longhouse at Historic St. Mary's city." Muse-Weidemann Architects 1993 December 3 

7 4
Box

Correspondence file of SMCM President Ted Lewis 1993-1995 

3

Chapel at St. Mary's 1993-1997 

3

Maryland Summer Center for Gifted and Talented Students proposal 1993 January 

3

HSMC Operating Budget/Business Plan 1995 

4

HSMC Commission Bylaws 1995 

4

Joint Advisory Group (HSMC and SMCM). Memoranda and correspondence (2 folders) 1995-1998 

4

Historic St. Mary's City Citizen's Coalition newsletter 1995 Summer 

4

HSMC/Marketing-Feasibility Study Report 1995 December 

4

"Historic St. Mary's City : Business Plan" 1995 December 1 

4

HSMC-SMCM Affiliation Study. Brian Clarke presentation circa 1995 

4

Introduction to HSMC about 1996 

5

HSMC/SMCM Affiliation 60 Day Plan 1996 

5

Affiliation Study 1996 

5

Historic St. Mary's City - St. Mary's College of Maryland Affiliation Study. Governor's Task Force on Historic St. Mary's City 1996 

5

Task Force / Final Report 1996 

5

Executive Summary of HSMC/SMCM Task Force 1996 

5

HSMC/SMCM Affiliation/Faculty Opinions 1996 

5

HSMC/SMCM/St. Mary's Parish 1996 

5

HSMC Task Force 1996 

5

HSMC/Background Info provided to SMCM President Maggie O'Brien 1996 

5

Correspondence file of SMCM President Maggie O'Brien. 1996-1997 

5

Proposal to Merge HSMC/SMCM 1996 January 

5

"Historic St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College of Maryland : Illuminating Maryland's Heritage : A Proposal to Merge an Historic Museum and a Public Liberal Arts College." 1996 January 

5

Division of Student Affairs Institutional Initiatives Request 1996 February 

5

HSMC/Marketing Study 1996 June 

5

Summer Student Projects: Four White Papers on Potential Affiliation Projects between HSMC and SMCM. 1996 July 

5

HSMC - History 1996 September 

5

HSMC/Rethinking the Program 1996 September 

5

"Historic St. Mary's City in the Next Century : A Study of the Affiliation of Historic St. Mary's City with St. Mary's College of Maryland : Final Report of the Task Force on Historic St. Mary's City : Draft Final Report" 1996 October 22 

5

Historic St. Mary's City in the Next Century : A Study of the Affiliation of Historic St. Mary's City with St. Mary's College of Maryland : Final Report of the Task Force on Historic St. Mary's City 1996 November 20 

5

A Mitigation Plan for Archaeological Sites in the Old Campus Area, St. Mary's College of Maryland 1996 November 30, 1997 January 25 

5

Maryland House of Delegates and Senate, Conference Committee Report on Historic St. Mary's City Legislation. Includes previous legislation 1997 

6

HSMC Commission Act of 1997 1997 

6

Amendment to Senate Bill No. 393. Regarding HSMC Commission Act 1997 

6

"Layers of Time on the Landscape: A Four Dimensional Model of St. Mary's City" by Silas Hurry before 1997 June 

6

Promotional Materials 1997-2002 

6

"A Strategic Alliance : Historic St. Mary's City : St. Mary's College of Maryland." Pamphlet After 1997 

6

Joint Advisory Group meeting materials 1998-1999 

6

Affiliation of HSMCM with SMCM, A Progress Report 1998 February 10 

6

Memorandum of Understanding with HSMC and Archaeological Consulting 1998 May 8 

6

"Historic St. Mary's City Chapel Campaign : Celebrating the Birthplace of Religious Freedom in America" 1998 July 

6

HSMC and SMCM. Maryland Heritage Project 1999 

6

Miscellaneous 2000-2001 

7

Mary Means & Associates visit. Includes "Economic Impact Assessment of Historic St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College" report (2000 October) 2000 

7

Invitation: Luncheon to Celebrate Affiliation of HSMC & SMCM 2000 Feb 25 

7

Historic St. Mary's City Commission Report 2000 April 

7

"The Maryland Heritage Project : For Historic St. Mary's City : Facility Program : Part I" 2000 May 

7

"Historic St. Mary's City Commission Capital Facility Request FY 2003-FY2007" 2001 June 30 

7

Fiscal Year 2003, Financial Projections 2001 August 

7

Article "Spirt of St. Mary's City" 2002 Jan 21 

7

Fiscal Year 2005, Financial Projections undated (probably 2003) 

7

Fiscal Year 2006, Financial Projections undated (probably 2004) 

7

Fiscal Year 2007, Financial Projections undated (probably 2005) 

7

Residential Property Lease 2006 

7

Funds Transfer to HSMC 2007 

7
Drawer Folder

"St. Mary's City : 375 Years Old : Thousands of Years Young : April 2009 : Maryland Archeology Month." Poster has 2 pictures of the St. John's site [in oversize folder] 2009 April 

Scope and Contents note

A poster advertising Maryland Archeology Month in April 2009, and 375th anniversary of St. Mary’s City. It includes the tag line “St. Mary’s City: 375 Years Old, Thousands of Years Young!” and images of St. John’s Archeological site in 1976, and St. John’s Site Museum in 2009, with various artefacts acting as a boarder.

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Box

2014 Calendar 2014 

7

Newspaper editorial (Enterprise) defending confederate monuments by Henry Miller, HSMC Historical Archaeologist 2017 August 15 

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