The Mountgomery County Historical Society's (MCHS) Jane C. Sween Library serves as a repository for government and family records and a research facility for private and public researchers. MCHS government and family records include materials that are invaluable for understanding the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) in Montgomery Co. and MD, and they also serve as important sources for state and local African-American history. County antebellum tax lists, probate records, and census records reveal much about the patterns of slaveholding in Montgomery Co. and establish social and cultural context for UGRR. The MCHS collection of county newspapers record fugitive slave notices, sales of bondsmen, and other related information. Local African-American authors and genealogists have provided books, manuscripts, and oral histories which enhance the collections. MCHS has used these sources to create a teaching unit on UGRR for 5th and 6th graders. The library is open to the public and research assistance is avaialable through www.montgomeryhistory.org. The print collections are indexed and available through the public library's online catalogue.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 111 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, Montgomery, 20850
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Executive Director
Location Type: Facility