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Collections and Archives

  The Historical Society of Talbot County actively collects and accepts items of cultural or historical value for its permanent collection of materials that document and represent the cultural history of Talbot County. The society currently collects four categories of materials: artifacts, photographic materials, archival materials, and books.


Since 1999 the Historical Society of Talbot County has been creating a computerized catalog of its collections using Past Perfect Museum software. This allows us to search our collection by name, date or subject.

Please be aware that we do NOT have genealogical records. Once you have identified family members, objects in our archive and photographic collection may help you flesh out your ancestors. Census records and other geneaological data are kept at the Talbot County Free Library

We can show you how to do your own research by appointment. Please call 410-822-0773 or email staff to make an appointment.

Cannery Tokens. From the 1880s to the 1950s, seasonal employees who picked produce or worked at the canneries were given tokens for their work. On payday, these tokens could be exchanged for cash. Below are a few samples from our museum collection.
small cointwo coinssmall coin

  New Acquisition - Weathervane from Bullen's Chance Farm (Trappe, MD), circa 1900 - click for larger image
New Acquisition - Weathervane from Bullen's Chance Farm (Trappe, MD), circa 1900
The object collection consists of approximately 10,000 artifacts representing Talbot County's past. The major groupings are decorative arts and furnishings, textiles, paintings, prints and artwork by local artists, personal and business papers, toys, and domestic equipment. Approximately 15% of the collection is currently on display in the museum and historic houses.

Photographic Materials. By far, the largest and most outstanding component of the Society's collection is the photograph collection. It is the most important photographic record of life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in a public collection. It is primarily the work of three local professional photographers-H. Robins Hollyday, Laird Wise, and C. C. Harris-whose combined work presents a thorough documentation of life in our region from c.1870 to about 1950. There are in excess of 100,000 negatives, prints and slides in the society's photograph collection.

Images of Talbot from the past can be seen in our historic postcard collection. A few of our images are available at Talbot County Postcards.

Learn about how modern photographer Hunter Harris has used Hollyday's photographs at Aloft Aerial Photography

1898 Ledger Book

Archival Materials. The archival collection has a variety of materials including personal papers and diaries, business and farm ledger books, correspondence, land grants, manumissions, maps, and genealogical materials. The archives collection is all primary source material and is approximately180 linear feet in size.

Library. The historical society has a small collection of about 300 volumes of books on or relating to the history of Talbot County. It is a non-circulating collection meant primarily for staff and volunteer use. Copies of most of the books are currently available at the Talbot County Free Library

Visit our Online Galleries!

Quilt Collection

Mystery Photo Gallery

Frederick Douglass

What Is It?

Highlights of the HSTC Collections


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Historical Society of Talbot County
25 South Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601
Telephone Number: 410-822-0773 

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