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Special Collections


If you plan to use the Special Collections Room for research, please email MaryJo Price at or call 301 687-4889 for an appointment. Hours for service are limited.

Special Collections is now working in conjunction with the Interlibrary Loan Office to fill orders for obituary copies for genealogical research. Please refer to our obituary copy policy for details.

Introduction to the Special Collections Department's Coal Mining Resources



Floor 4


-House rare and unique items
-Maintain materials related to FSU, Western MD and contiguous counties in PA and WV
-Assist with local history questions
-Assist with genealogical research


The instructional team can provide training sessions for entire classes in the Library's Instruction Center. Refer to the information literacy page for details about instruction, student learning goals, and assessment. Faculty should fill out the online library instruction request form, or call x4888 to schedule a class. Times fill up quickly, so it is recommended you make arrangements early in the semester.


Genealogy: This research resource is a listing of materials helpful for genealogy research available at the Ort Library including listings of sources dealing with church records, cemetery records, census information, marriage records, death records, Allegany County records, and military records. It also includes links to other local libraries and archives as well as helpful Internet genealogy resources.

Western Maryland: These materials contain works on Frostburg State University, items by and/or about Western Maryland citizens,local history and geography of Western Maryland and the surrounding counties in WV and PA. Also included are historical works on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) Canal, railroads (B & O, C & O, Western Maryland), and the coal mining industry. There are several selected original maps created prior to 1900, and journals and periodicals on Western Maryland.

FSU: these materials consist of University catalogs, yearbooks, student handbooks (The Pathfinder), faculty handbooks, University governance minutes, published materials (student newspaper, The Bottom Line, and University newsletter, StateLines) and more.

Jon C. Jansen Collection: Mr. Jansen was a local chemist, astronomer, and historian with an interest in classic science fiction who, in 1990, bequeathed his collection to the University. This gift included over 5,100 books and over 500 phonograph records including specialized works on astronomy, World War II, history, mammals, and mythology. The principle portion of the collection, however, is the rich assortment of over 1,000 titles of paperback and hardbound science fiction books from the 1950s and 1960s.

John Rutledge Collection: details the coal mining industry in Western Maryland. Topographical and mine maps of the George's Creek area and more. Also accident and fatality reports.