The Edward H. Nabb
Research Center houses an extensive collection of original
artifacts, documents, photographs, maps, and survey records
from the colonial era through the present day. Its
collection includes all media formats (paper, electronic,
film, objects, analog and digital formats of audio/video,
etc.). It contains over 4,000 volumes on the history of the
Chesapeake region and more than 2,000 reels of microfilm of
Delaware, Maryland and Virginia newspapers, census, land,
court and church records.
Among its notable
collections one can find early narratives from explorers who
sailed along Delmarva's coast, a rare 1790 surveyors compass
crafted by Goldssmith Chandlee sought by museums nationally,
first-hand accounts and letters of Clara Gunby's Civil War
memoirs, a collection of slave narratives, the survey papers of
Ballard Miles and a rich folklore collection documenting the
customs, traditions and beliefs of the people of Delmarva.
These resources are available on request at the Nabb Research Center
during open hours.
Collection by Subjects