Columbia Archives is located on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044. We are in Columbia Town Center, off Little Patuxent Parkway, across from the Columbia Mall. Get Directions.
Columbia Archives collections are open to the public. Students, teachers, urban planners, the press, businesses and Columbia residents are among the users of the Columbia Archives. The Archives welcomes all levels of research interest. We encourage Columbia residents who wish to learn more about their community to visit. Housing brochures, newspaper and magazine articles, phone books and photographs are just some of the items residents might find of interest.
We strongly encourage prospective researchers to write, call or email the staff in advance of any visit to determine whether pertinent information is available. We will check our holdings and provide an assessment of applicable material. Once researchers arrive they will be asked to fill out a researcher form and read the Rules for Using the Archives. Staff will meet with researchers and offer guidance about which records and collections are most likely to contain useful material. Staff will pull material from the closed stacks for researcher’s use.
No, currently we do not have searchable databases online. We will gladly answer questions about the collection. Call 410 715 3103 or email at Columbia.Archives@columbiaassociation.org.
You may ask research questions by calling 410 715 3103 or email at Columbia.Archives@columbiaassociation.org. Our staff will gladly conduct a brief search of our collections as time permits and respond within three (3) business days. Extensive research requiring more than thirty minutes of staff time will entail researcher fees.
Yes, laptops and power cords are permitted.
We welcome the donation of materials that relate to the people, places, and events of Columbia. For more information, please contact the Director or Archivist. See Donating Materials.
The National Archives and The Library of Congress offer great advice on taking care of your family documents and photographs. For more information please contact the Archivist.
Yes, if there is no charge for the user and if electronic distribution is limited to educational use for a specific purpose or limited duration. The images must remain unaltered. All accompanying text and caption material must be included without alteration and the citation must include the URL for Columbia Archives.
Yes, if it is a personal or academic work and not for publication in any medium. The images must remain unaltered and all accompanying caption information and any text must be included without alteration. This type of use is encouraged; all other forms of publication are prohibited without approval. See Permission to Publish.
Anyone wishing to use the text, images or content from this web site for purposes other than for a personal or school report must receive prior approval. See Permission to Publish. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use.
Hand held personal digital cameras can be used in the Columbia Archives with permission of staff who will evaluate the material for physical condition, copyright issues, and donor restrictions. Scanners and use of a flash or other lighting is prohibited. Images of materials that are made in Columbia Archives may not be used for publication or use on a website without permission of our department. See Permission to Publish.
Columbia Archives uses volunteers for on-going and special projects and events. Interested individuals should contact the Director at Columbia.Archives@columbiaassociation.org or 410 715 3103.