|Columbia Archives, a service of Columbia Association, collects, preserves and makes available to the public the history of Columbia, Maryland. The collection documents the planning, development and continuing physical, institutional, governmental and cultural growth of the community and the life of its founder, James Rouse.
Our current collection contains personal papers, organizational records, photographs and prints, maps, land plats, development plans, posters, original artwork, audio-visual recordings, books, reports, builders' brochures, newspapers, reference files, and artifacts.
Columbia Archives is a community resource and a research facility. Our staff is happy to assist you and welcomes researchers at all interest levels. Residents and visitors can trace the built environment of Columbia as well as the cultural, athletic, religious, educational and civic development that define the community. For urban planners, scholars and others interested in the growth of cities and suburbs, Columbia and the work of James Rouse continue to offer answers to many of today's development questions. We also offer special events such as the annual BikeAbout, a casual bike ride that highlights Columbia history, and walking tours, presentations and exhibits.