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The mission of the Salisbury University Libraries’ Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is to cultivate and sustain the advancement of scholarly research through collecting, preserving, and providing access to records and artifacts that illustrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the greater Chesapeake region. It was founded in 1982 and includes the Local History Archives, University Archives, and Special Collections, among other book and microfilm collecti...



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by Matthew Wise & Pauline Batchelder
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Matthew Wise's history of the Long Family, originally written in 2000 is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Dr. Wise died in 2000, this book was completed posthumously by Pauline Batchelder. Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Long Family,...
The Howard and Marvin E. Cox Ledger and Journal are two separate entries that contain information about the residents of the town of Nanticoke in Wicomico County, Maryland. Recorded are marriages and deaths within the community, with modern additions from Marvin Cox concerning the oyster and construction businesses in Nanticoke and the meeting minutes of the Willing Workers in the 1930s. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.058
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Construction, Business, Marriage, Nanticoke,...
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by Baltimore Afro American
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This excerpt from a Baltimore Afro American issue dated 12 December 1931 highlights the lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury, Maryland on 4 December 1931. Included are images of the violent racial terror attack and testimony from family members, as well as information about an unidentified man who was lynched the same night as Williams. Only an excerpt is provided under fair use.
Topics: lynching, racism, Salisbury, Maryland
This transcription contains the records of the African American church, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, in Fruitland, Maryland, and the church records of Friendship and Flower Hill churches in Eden and Allen, Maryland. Included are marriages and baptisms from 1889-1917. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.061
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Fruitland, Maryland, Allen, Eden, Churches,...
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by Matthew Wise
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Matthew Wise's history of the Boston Family, originally written in 1986 and long out of print, is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.  Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his attention to his native Eastern Shore, documenting the...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Roanoke College,...
The Brattan-Taylor ledgers are ledgers from a store located in Mardela Springs (then called Barren Creek), Maryland. The ledger is archived on microfilm at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1985.023
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Mardela Spings, Maryland, Business, Ledger
In 2004, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 300 inventories dating between 1665 to 1700 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Henry Siddel
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Part of the Freedom Ainsworth Collection, the Brigg Peggy ledger concerns the finances of the trading ship Brig Peggy , including the expenses of building and outfitting the ship, cargo carried, and the commanding officer's notes, as it traded between the Wicomico River and the Caribbean. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1999.008
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Age of Sail, Sailing, Trade, Slavery, Law,...
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Part of the Humphreys Family Collection, this book belonged to Josephine Humphreys and records several family recipes.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Recipes, Salisbury, Maryland, 19th Century
This transcription consists of the records of St. Peter's Methodist Church in Hopewell, Maryland from 1857 to 1969. Although this transcript only covers baptisms and marriages, the full collection contains finances and memberships. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2000.013
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Church Records
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Bill Cummings on March 2, 1999. Bill Cummings is an artist in Tilghman Island, MD. In the interview, he describes how he became an artist and the methods he employed to create his sketches and paintings--mostly of waterman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland-- noting how some of his art has been sold and hangs in Higgin's Crab House in St. Michael's, MD. A lot of the interview is Bill describing the various pictures he made and the motivations...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Art, Tilghman Island (md.), Watermen, Water working
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 80 inventories dating between 1721 to 1740 (with 12 inventories from the period 1693-1719) primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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This transcription was written originally by Caleb C. Cooper, who was asked to write what he remembered his ancestors and family history in 1961. Cooper's family history starts in 1806 with the birth Elijah Cooper, an Englishman, and ends with him reminiscing about his own life. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.110
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, James River, Family History
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by Clara Gunby
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The Journal of Clara Gunby is part of a larger collection of papers pertaining to the Gunby Family. Clara Gunby started her journal in 1853, and was a Southern sympathizer during the Civil War - ultimately leading to her arrest for defiance and disrespect of Union soldiers. After the war, Clara Gunby married and moved to Allen, Maryland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1995.012
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Fortress Monroe, Allen, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Dennis Smith was the Manager of Somers Cove Marina at the time of the interview. In the interview, he gives an overview of the tourism industry in the area, the inner workings of his business, how his business developed, and how tourism has affected his business and the area around him.  This interview is part of the Crisfield Traditions in Time Project.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=3831  
Topics: Tourism, Crisfield MD, Boating, Crisfield Traditions in Time
This ledger contains the church record of the Madison Circuit of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was an African American church in Dorchester County Maryland that included Malone Church. Included are baptisms from 1883 to 1893 and marriages from 1883 to 1894. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2003.003
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Religion, Churches, Dorchester County,...
This transcript is a small part of a larger collection documenting the activities of Red Cross volunteers from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The Red Cross Home Service provided disaster relief, home care, and medical services during peace time as well as during the World Wars. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2016.095
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by A.B. Chamberlain
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The crop ledger of A.B. Chamberlain documents the crops planted, sold, and processed by A.B. Chamberlain, a farmer in the early 20th century, from 1903 to 1906. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Canning industry, Maryland, Farming,...
The  Lieutenant   A llan  Morton Thomas  Jr.   Letters   consists of letters  and personal correspondence  from  Lieutenant  Allan Morton Thomas   Jr. , USNR.  to his wife Georgia E. Thomas   f rom 1942 to 1945.   Thomas Jr.  was a   Lieutenant on  LCI(L) - 225  in  the  U.S.  Navy during World War II.   Thomas Jr. wrote  about his life aboard the ship in the  censored locations of the  Pacific Theater . Several letters have missing pages  and some lines are censored...
Topics: World War II, Personal Correspondence, United States Navy
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by Elijah T.P. Gibbons
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The letters of Elijah T.P. Gibbons document the lives of several of his family members during the Civil War. Gibbons had a cousin, Alexander King who served in the Union Army, and other letters document the thoughts of friends and family on the Civil War, the draft, debts, and bond statements. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1990.028
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Kentucky, Tennessee, Military
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted with Lucille Snyder in Willis Wharf, VA. In this interview, Lucille describes her life growing up on a farm on the eastern shore of VA in the early 20th Century. She describes the farms she grew up on, some home remedies, the foodways of the time such as canning vegetables and "Chix and sausage", and using potato "kilns" to store root vegetables until they got a refrigerator. She also talks about the Keller Fair and the attractions it showed...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Willis Wharf (va.), needlework, quilting, foodways, family life, Cape...
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1964 Tom Tom details Wicomico High School's post-graduate program, which allowed graduated seniors to return to take a customized curriculum consisting of classes that they had an interest in taking but were not able to, or classes that they need to take for success in preparing them for college or trades.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1964
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The L.J. Wilson Ledger belonged to L.J. Wilson, who recorded the debits and credits of his customers in and around the town of Princess Anne, Maryland for his  general store. According to available census records, Wilson's store was in operation from 1880 to roughly 1910, and he had effectively retired from the business by 1920. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2006.313
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Victor and Bernice Simpson in Willis Wharf, VA. In this interview, they speak about James Victor Simpson and his life as well other crafts. Victor speaks about his father, James Victor Simpson, and the various boats he's built in his shop on the waterfront; everything from "Scow", "Chinco", row boats, dredge monitors, and outboard and inboard boats. He talks about the materials and features that he would include in the...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, water work, watermen, boat building, Willis Wharf (va.), family life,...
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed wills and deeds of gift dating between 1648 and 1845 for people who lived in lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center. The group of wills in this volume was intentionally chosen to represent a few select families: the Bishop (9), Claywell (4), Ennis (20), Johnson (6), Hudson (7), Poynter (4),...
Topics: wills, Maryland, Virginia
From 1970 to 1973, students in Dr. Polly Stewart’s folklore and folklife classes sought to capture the memory of lynchings on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These students interviewed 28 community members, typing or handwriting their stories in a methodology similar to oral histories. Although many of the stories capture vivid descriptions of local racial terror lynchings—specifically Matthew Williams in 1931—they also exemplify the fault of memory 40 years later. In fact, most of the...
Topics: lynching, racism, maryland, salisbury, matthew williams, folklore
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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On July 15, 2004, Anna L. Lee was interviewed by Penny Grande at Parkside High School in connection with the Teaching American History program. Lee worked as a teacher for 22 years at Bennett Middle School and Wicomico Middle School, serving for 15 years as an administrator. She details her childhood as an African American child in segregated Fruitland and Salisbury, including her experiences of Wicomico County's segregated schools and her decision to go into education. This interview is part...
Topics: Salisbury, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
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Anthony "Tony" Sarbanes was an educator and administrator in Wicomico County from 1961 until he retired in 1989. He was a teacher for four years before becoming an administrator in 1965 right before integration in 1966, and he speaks of the various challenges associated with that tumultuous time. He also speaks of his actions that helped establish Parkside High School in Salisbury.  Transcript available as PDF. 
Topics: Segregation, Race Relations, Integration, Wicomico County Sports Education, Wicomico County...
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William F. Robinson was a bootmaker from the Delmarva Peninsula during the mid-nineteenth century. Operating from Dorchester County, Maryland (1847-1854) before relocating to Sussex County, Delaware (1868-1872), these ledgers document Robinson's business transactions and customers. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.029
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In 1996, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 120 inventories dating between 1701 to 1720 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Henrietta Horner Wyeth
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This diary belonged to Henrietta Wyeth, and begins in 1861 with her recovering from an eye illness, and her observations during the Civil War. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2013.093
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Virginia, Medicine
The Bethlehem Methodist Church Records document the membership and activities of the Dorchester County church, as well as Taylor's Island's Methodist congregation before the official church's establishment in 1858. Included are baptisms and marriages from 1885 to 1977. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.004
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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On July 12, 2005, Randall Parker was interviewed by Charles and Karen Smith in connection with the Teaching American History program. In the interview, he discusses his experiences growing up near San Domingo and attending segregated schools, as well as serving in a segregated army unit in the Second World War. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid: ...
Topics: San Domingo, Maryland, World War 2, segregation
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This is the ledger of Marcellus Jones, a Whitehaven, Somerset County merchant. The ledger records the list of customers Jones served and their credits, debits, and goods transferred, and information about Jones and his family. Finding aid link:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.010
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James Edward Jensen transcribed land records from Somerset County, Maryland that detail the land grants given by the county. Of particular note is that the testifying purchaser had their name and age listed alongside other information about why the person might have been involved in the land dispute. This allows Jensen to unearth the disputes, people, and practices of a community.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, James Edward Jensen, Somerset County,...
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Ron Rue in Cambridge, MD. Ron is a decoy maker and hunting enthusiast. In this interview, he describes his early life and inspiration for carving, decoy making and hunting, often speaking of the Ward Brothers: well-known decoy makers in the area. He talks about the tools he uses for decoy making, where he gets his materials, and some of his memories of his first orders for decoys. He speaks often of his love for carving both hunting and...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, decoy making, woodcarving, hunting, muskrat trapping, regulation
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On July 12, 2005, Newell Quinton was interviewed by Jan Robinson in connection with the Teaching American History program. Quinton talks about his education in the segregated San Domingo school for African American children and, later, at Salisbury High School. In particular, he discusses how community life in San Domingo shaped his development and the differences between his experiences and the experiences of current youth. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For...
Topics: San Domingo, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
In this excerpt of an interview with WM Jackson conducted by George H. Corddry, circa 1980, the two discuss the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams (1993.18.05a). For more information on this collection, visit the finding aid:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1993.018
Topics: lynching, oral history, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Laura Genevieve Jones describes her experiences in growing up during segregation and her education during that time. She also comments on some lessons to be learned from the experience and how those lessons relate to modern day issues. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Project.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, Integration, Fruitland Elementary School, Salisbury MD
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Henry "Pipp" Pratt in North East MD on December 8, 1998. Henry Pratt is a fisherman originally from Dillingham, Alaska. He describes his work as a fisherman, including his methods, practices, and how he got into the business through his father. He speaks about "fyke netting" and pound netting and the changes in those practices through advancements and regulations. He laments the decline of the fishing business, noting that...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, watermen, water work, regulation, water ecology
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by Isaac Handy
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Isaac Handy's diary records his time as a servant in the Philadelphia home of Mrs. Frank Haseltine. Handy, an African American man who was a native of Wicomico County, Maryland, recorded events in and around the home as well as national events such as the election of Grover Cleveland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.125
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These two indexes provide references and abstracts of records documenting land records, court transactions, and more records in Somerset and Worcester counties (including present-day Wicomico County) before 1870. The document includes two separate indexes, originally handwritten by John E. Jacob Jr. and transcribed by Jane Burt: the first arranged by location and the second by surname.  The original indexes are found in the John Jacob Collection at the Nabb Research Center. For more...
Topics: land records, Maryland, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, colonial, Delmarva, court records
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James Turner is a long-time educator in Wicomico County, serving at WorWic Community College and Parkside high school. In this interview, he describes his upbringing in the midst of segregation as an African American and his experience with the desegregation of Salisbury, MD. He also describes his various employments including law enforcement, Principal of a night school, and being a Pastor.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the...
Topics: Segregation, Immigration, Desegregation, African American Education, Salisbury MD, Parkside High...
These meeting minutes of the Salisbury City Council from 1908 to 1916 were transcribed by Kate Harris. Meetings document various municipal programs and activities, including the 1909 Humphrey's Pond dam burst. The meeting minutes come from the Nabb Center's Wicomico Historical Society Collection (2001.007). 
Topics: city council, municipal, salisbury, maryland
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by Edgar Noble
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Edgar Noble fought for the Union Army in the Civil War, and this diary concerns his actions from January to July of 1863 including his participation in the Battle of Antietam. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.053
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Antietam, Falmouth, Virginia
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They Lived In Somerset is a four volume series compiled by Wilmer O. Lankford, late of Princess Anne, Maryland. They Live in Somerset is divided into four volumes published between 1990 and 1992, covering the families of Somerset County between the late seventeenth and beginning of the nineteenth century.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Wilmer O. Lankford
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In the early 2000s, T. Aaron Horner and Joan Barnhart transcribed the marriages, baptisms, and gravestones of St. John's United Methodist Church in Deal Island, Maryland. The original records remain at the church.
Topics: church records, Deal Island, Maryland
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by Anne Catherine Hoof Greene
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The Maryland Gazette was originally published from 1727 to 1734 by William Parks of Annapolis, before being published by Jonas Greene from 1738 until his death in 1767 when his wife, Anne Catherine Hoof Greene, assumed published duties. The Gazette would continue to be published by the Greene family until 1909, and in 1919 was bought by The Capital, which was in turn bought by the Baltimore Sun . The Gazette supported Greene’s positions on colonial freedom and opposition to the Stamp Act, and...
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Annapolis, Maryland, Jonas Greene,...
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The Beacon was the yearbook for Salisbury High School, Wicomico County Public Schools’ segregated high school for African American students. The yearbook includes faculty and staff, student portraits, club and athletic photos, and advertisements. Yearbooks were loaned to the Nabb Research Center by Shanie Shields for digitization in 2021.
Topics: salisbury, maryland, wicomico, education, yearbook, african american, segregation, Salisbury high...
These two ledgers record the transactions of a general store owned by John Nelms in Salisbury, Maryland. The first ledger is dated 1767 and the second is dated 1775. A typed transcription of the ledgers by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is available in the Nabb Research Center's non-circulating book collection.  The ledgers are part of the John Jacob Collection (1984.016) and more information can be found in the finding aid:...
Topics: ledger, colonial America, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Parsons Cemetery Committee
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These 26 ledgers comprise the handwritten records of Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury, Maryland, dating from the 1870s to 2011. Included are lot sale records, burial record ledgers, lot information booklets, lot owner binders, and more.There are both alphabetical listings of lot owners (binders) and lot-ordered listings for both single sites and family lots (ledgers). Listings include financial information for lot sales, internments, and names of deceased. Historic Parsons Cemetery is owned and...
Topics: cemetery, Parsons, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Carl Tyler, a 16 year old junior at Crisfield High School (CHS) who works on the water during summers. In the interview, he discusses life at CHS in everything from social life to sports, as well as career paths from high school. He discusses his plans for his future and the decline of potential watermen in his class, noting that most teachers try to push kids towards college.  This interview is part of the Crisfield Traditions in Time Project.  For more...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield High School, Watermen
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They Lived In Somerset is a four volume series compiled by Wilmer O. Lankford, late of Princess Anne, Maryland. They Live in Somerset is divided into four volumes published between 1990 and 1992, covering the families of Somerset County between the late seventeenth and beginning of the nineteenth century.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Wilmer O. Lankford
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The 1766 tax levy of Worcester County, Maryland was transcribed by G. Ray Thompson (professor in history at Salisbury University). It includes an introduction about the record.
Topics: taxes, colonial America, Maryland, Worcester County
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 80 inventories dating between 1721 to 1740 (with 12 inventories from the period 1693-1719) primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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In this interview, Betty Roberta Smith recalls her memories of growing up in the era of segregation in Salisbury, MD. She recalls her time at Fruitland Elementary and Salisbury High School as well as her memories of the Civil Rights movement and its legacy in Princess Anne, south of Salisbury.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, Integration, Desegregation, Fruitland Elementary School, Maryland State College...
This debt book, transcribed by Aaron Horner, documents the rents paid in Somerset County, Maryland by landowners. Each landowner's name as well as the tracts they owned are listed alphabetically and contain acreage.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Financial Records
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Ed Taylor describes his experiences with segregation and his tour of duty during the Korean War. He describes the segregated neighborhoods and schools of his youth, then his being drafted for the Korean War and the process of integration he experienced there. He also describes the circumstances that earned him two Bronze Stars for his valor.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid: ...
Topics: Korean War, Segregation, Wetipquin MD
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Anne Dashield describes her experience growing up as an African American in the Salisbury area in the 1930's and 40's. She speaks of her education, the civil rights movement and strife in the 60's, as well as some of her experiences with discrimination.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, African American History, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Salisbury MD
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Christine Tyler, Executive Director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation in Crisfield, MD. In the interview, she speaks about her life on the Eastern Shore and in Crisfield, as well as her introduction to the Heritage Foundation, eventually becoming its Executive Director. She speaks about the various activities that the foundation sponsors, including the Oyster & Bull roast and the Hard Crab derby, each bringing quite a bit of participation from the...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield MD, Tourism, Crisfield Heritage Foundation
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Rachael Ann Alexander, curator of the Accohannock Indian Tribal Museum. In the interview, she describes how the museum came to be at its current location and plans to move to a new site at Bending River park in the next couple of years. She explains what it is like being Native American in Maryland, later describing some of the traditions of Native peoples that are often not understood. She also gives a brief history of the Accohannock peoples in the area, as...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Native American History, Native American Oral History, Accohannock
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Jessie Smiley describes her memories of her town of San Domingo; a small area northwest of Salisbury, MD. She describes her experiences as an African American woman during segregation, her education in segregated schools including Maryland State College (UMES), and her life after desegregation. She also describes some of the local activities and persons she can remember from her town.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information,...
Topics: San Domingo MD, Salisbury MD, Segregation, Desegregation, Maryland State College (UMES), African...
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The Beacon was the yearbook for Salisbury High School, Wicomico County Public Schools’ segregated high school for African American students. The yearbook includes faculty and staff, student portraits, club and athletic photos, and advertisements. This yearbook was loaned to the Nabb Research Center for digitization by Pearlean and Warren White in 2022.
Topics: salisbury, maryland, wicomico, education, yearbook, african american, segregation, Salisbury high...
In 1990, Wilmer O. Lankford transcribed Somerset County, Maryland court records from 1674, which are kept in the Maryland State Archives and accessible on microfilm at the Nabb Research Center. In addition to his transcription, Lankford wrote an introduction to the records.
Topics: Somerset, Maryland, court records, colonial America
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by James M. Bennett High School
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For the 1968 Voyager, elements from older yearbooks return. The county school board is profiled and photographed, and is the first yearbook to have portions presented in color photography. James M. Bennett High School also had their first male exchange student, this time from Australia.
Topics: James M. Bennett Senior High School, Yearbooks, Australia, Salisbury, Maryland, 1968
This "Sketch of the Early History of Wicomico County and Salisbury, Maryland" was written by Maria Louise Ellegood in April 1923 for the Wicomico Woman's Club. It includes a narrative history of Wicomico County and Salisbury.
Topics: history, Wicomico, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Mrs. Hortense Stanley describes her experiences of being an African American woman before, during, and after desegregation. She describes her education in segregated schools, her children's experiences during desegregation, and her life and experiences since then.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Desegregation, Segregation, African American Education, Wicomico County
Views and Estimates documents the lives of orphans from Somerset County, Maryland. Far from being a simple list of orphaned children, Jensen uses court records to provide descriptions of the land and nearby roads and stores.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Court Records, Maryland,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Austin Cox Sr. was a longtime resident of Crisfield, MD. In this interview, he speaks about his upbringing in Crisfield in the early 20th Century, what has changed since then, and his life surrounding work on the water. He speaks of his service in the Civilian Conservation Corps, then his service in the 29th Infantry Division during World War II. He also speaks of his life since then, becoming a master plumber and continuing to live in Crisfield as it changed around him.  This interview is...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, World War II, Crisfield MD, Family Life
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Kirkland Hall is a curator at the Oaksville Baseball museum in Oaksville, Maryland. In the interview, he describes the influence of baseball on his childhood and the various teams that used to exist all over Delmarva. He also shares his passion for his local baseball field and the efforts to restore it and make baseball a fixture in the community again.  Transcript available as PDF.
Topics: Baseball, Oaksville Eagles, Negro League, Eastern Shore Baseball League, Segregation, Preservation
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by Peninsula General Hospital Junior Auxiliary Board
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Founded in 1924, the Junior Auxiliary Board has been a volunteer organization for Peninsula General Hospital (now Tidal Health Peninsula Regional Medical Center) in Salisbury, Maryland. These meeting minutes document the early activity of the Junior Auxiliary board from 1924 to 1948. In addition to volunteering to help patients, the Junior Auxiliary Board also provides a restaurant and gift shop for the patients and their family and friends, with all proceeds being donated back to the...
Topics: hospital, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Delmarva Eastern Shore Association
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This March 1931 directory was created by the Delmarva Eastern Shore Association to promote the peninsula and its businesses. Included are businesses and general information about the part of Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia that comprise Delmarva.
Topics: city directory, delmarva