Research Help

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Members of the public may be permitted access to the law library on a limited basis weekdays from 9:00am to 8:00pm, and can contact us to confirm available resources and services before coming to campus.

Librarians are available to assist visitors with finding resources, but cannot give legal advice or answer questions concerning the interpretation of the law. See our general Guidelines for Visitor Services for more information.

Special Collections and Digital Projects

The Special Collections of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library are open to students, faculty and staff of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), and to members of the public for in-house use only. Access to the collections is by appointment only, please contact Special Collections at the Library to make an appointment. Access to certain collections may be restricted based on condition, availability and/or prior donor arrangements. There is no charge to use the collections, however there may be a fee for copying or other services.

African Americans in the Law Collection

Major collections include the Legal Papers of Dallas Nicholas and William GosnellThe Papers of the NAACPThe Papers of William H. Hastie, the Baltimore Afro American newspaper on microfilm, the papers of Baltimore activist Lena Lee, the personal and professional papers of faculty member Larry Gibson, and The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Collection.

The Brune Room

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library's collection of rare books.

A Bulwark of Solidarity: Francis King Carey, 1858-1944

A digital biography of eminent alumnus Francis King Carey, in honor of whom the School of Law was renamed in 2011.

Congressional Research Service Reports

An online collection in the subject areas of Homeland Security/Terrorism and Health Law and Policy.

David Hoffman and the Science of Jurisprudence

A digital project tracing the life and career of David Hoffman, founder of the Law Institute at the University of Maryland.

German Unification Collection

A collection of over 250 books and archival materials dealing with the reunification of Germany and the response in neighboring countries.

Historical Publications of the USCCR

An online digital collection of government publications from the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR).

Judge Simon E. Sobeloff, 1894-1973

An online digital project devoted to the life and career of Judge Simon Sobeloff.

Legal History Walking Tour

A tour of Baltimore's legal history created by the staff of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library.

Maryland Court of Appeals, Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure:
Evidence Rules Subcommittee: Files of Special Reporter & Consultant Alan Hornstein 

The collection consists of seven loose-leaf binders covering the work of the Subcommittee in 1977 and from 1989 through 1993.

Maryland Department of Human Resources Archive Documents

An online archive of Maryland Department of Human Resources Manuals and Forms from 1993 through 2011.

NetLibrary's Civil Rights Law and History E-book Collection

A digital collection of electronic books on civil rights in America.

The Papers of Professor Hungdah Chiu - 1970s-1990s

An inventory and guide to the research materials of Professor Chiu in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library.

The Papers of Benjamin R. Civiletti (1935 - _)

A collection of papers, photographs, and publications of the Honorable Benjamin R. Civiletti from 1976-present including documents and correspondence from his tenure as Attorney General of the United States (1979-81).

Researching University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Records

An online guide for conducting research on graduates, students and faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law (through 1990).

The University of Maryland School of Law, The First Fifty Years

An online digital project tracing the beginning of the modern law school at Maryland.

Research Guides, Videos, and Tutorials

Specialty Research Pages

Specialty Research Pages : LibGuides

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