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Columbia Archives

Columbia Archives

The Columbia Archives' mission is to collect and preserve the history of the city.

Columbia Archives, a service of Columbia Association, collects, preserves and makes available to the public the history of Columbia,Maryland. The collection documents the planning, development and continuing physical, institutional, governmental and cultural growth of the community and the life of its founder, James Rouse. Our current collection contains personal papers, organizational records, photographs and prints, maps, land plats, development plans, posters, original artwork, audio-visual recordings, books, reports, builders' brochures, newspapers, reference files, and artifacts.

We hope you enjoy our work.

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