Facilities at the Nabb Research Center
Robert Lee Burton Jr. Reading Room
The Robert Lee Burton
Jr. Reading Room contains over seven thousand titles with topics covering
a wide range of topics related to Delmarva’s history and culture.
The room also contains approximately 2,500 sets of microfilm, which can be
viewed by one of our fifteen microfilm machines. An exhibit space
displays an extensive variety of ever rotating exhibits designed by staff,
students, and faculty alike highlighting the history of Delmarva.
Also housed in the reading room s the longest continuous set of court
records in the United States on microfilm.
The general public may also take an
interest in our prodigious collection of family history documents.
The Leslie Powell Dryden collection, also found in the reading room,
consists of 445 binders of names for genealogical purposes. Outside
researchers may also be interested in information pertaining to the
Underground Railroad and microfilm sets regarding the prominent Harriet
The reading room is used for several
purposes beyond general research. Salisbury University students
frequently attend class and local interest groups like Wicomico
Preservation Trust hold meetings. Amateur and professional scholars
can use the resources of the Nabb Research Center for their research
needs. Employees of the Nabb Research Center are always available to
provide their knowledge and assistance
to help the students succeed.
The Nabb Center’s archives are
comprised of over 600 linear feet of artifacts and documents and are
supervised by a professional archivist on staff. Some of the rich
materials collected include maps, newspapers, and a Folklore of Delmarva
section, begun by Dr. Polly Stewart. The archives are stockpiled in
an environment-friendly climate controlled space to preserve the materials
in the best condition possible. If you are interested in preserving
your valuable historical artifacts and would like to donate, please
contact us at 410-543-6312 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Nabb Center’s newspaper room
contains over 400 bound volumes, with a variety of collection including
African-American newspapers such as The Commonwealth, The Maryville
Republican, and The Afro American as well as local papers like The
Salisbury Advertiser, and The Broiler. We have newspapers
dating back as early as the 18th and 19th century.
Any particular newspaper can be located
within a few minutes via a finding aid located at the front desk.
Space is provided in the room for personal research. Like the
archives room, the newspaper room is climate
controlled to preserve the quality of the paper.
Located adjacent to the reading room
for easy access is the Nabb Research Center’s microfilm room, housing
over fifteen microfilm readers. We also offer electronic scanning
technology for you to make copies of any microfilm document for a nominal
by Matt Jankiewicz (5/09)