Resource Center: A Place for State History & Genealogy

Visit the Resource Center located on the fourth floor of the museum; the Resource Center has a reference collection with a focus on African American history and culture.  Collections include the Maryland Wall featuring titles on the Maryland African American experience, children’s books, art history of the African Diaspora and the Mary Carter Smith Folklore Collection. The Center has public access computers, an exhibit case display and an oral history recording studio. The mission of the Resource Center is to promote research of Maryland African American history and culture through collections, programs and museum education.


Admission to the Resource Center is free; this does not include access to the museum’s galleries.

Please call for dates and times.


Contact Information

Wednesday - Sunday

Phone: 443-263-1875


Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Attn. Visitor Services

830 E. Pratt St

Baltimore, MD 21202


Lewis Catalog

Click to access the online catalog and enter search terms by “all words”, title, author or subject.


View Catalog

Guide to Marylandia Collection.

Guide to the Marylandia Collection

The Murray Guide lists the center’s reference books on the Maryland African American experience by subject.  It was created to assist users conducting state and local history research. The guide is named after Baltimore native Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) who was a bibliophile and an Associate Librarian at the Library of Congress.


View the Murray Guide




Stay Connected: Maryland African American History Websites (2012)

Download this updated website list on the Maryland African American experience covering over 20 subject areas.


View Stay Connected Maryland Websites


Maryland Slave Narratives

This collection of slave narratives documents the experiences of Maryland’s enslaved population from as early as the 18th century to the last generation of Marylanders who were enslaved. These narratives recount stories of family life, the “peculiar institution” of slavery in the country and city, religion, escape and life in freedom.

Pictured: Rev. David Smith (1784 - ?), from the Biography of Rev. David Smith of the A.M.E. Church.


Download Maryland Slave Narratives