The archives of the Nabb Research Center encompass a diverse group of historical collections found in the Local History Archives, University Archives, and Special Collections. These primary sources offer researchers a glimpse into the past lives of people in the Chesapeake region and beyond. Our Finding Aid Portal provides descriptions of the Nabb Research Center’s archival collections, as well as their affiliated artifacts, to help facilitate access to the materials.

Collections are non-circulating and may be used in our research room located on the 4th floor of the Guerrieri Academic Commons. For questions please contact us at

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Local History Archives
Freedom Ainsworth papers

The papers document the meticulous preservation and restoration activities of Freedom Ainsworth, who restored three historic properties along the Manokin River in Somerset County, Maryland, known as Almodington, Beckford and More and Case It, primarily from 1967-1994. Other highlights include accounting transactions of the Lankford family, and the movements of the sailing vessel, BRIG PEGGY, 1766-1767.

Special Collections
M.J. Harrison's Boulogne-sur-Mer, France Travel Diary

This travel diary was written by an unknown British man who visited Boulogne-sur-Mer, France from 1854 to 1857. He recorded detailed observations about Prince Albert and Emperor Napoleon III's visit and created small depictions of the townspeople and other scenes.

University Archives
Winifred Helmes papers

The papers document the professional activities of Dr. Winifred G. Helmes, primarily from 1954 to 1981, which includes her tenure as Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Bertha Adkins.