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Signature Collections

We've gathered a few of our signature collections from Classic WHILBR to a specialize custom view. Some of these collections include Allegany County African American History, Antietam National Cemetery, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. A few more collections will be added later. We hope that you enjoy viewing these collections! More Signature Collections will be added soon.

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The 1936 flood affected much of the Eastern US including Western Maryland. This collection comprises articles from the Cumberland and Hagerstown newspapers and minutes from the county council meeting.

More than 530 canal boats which carried cargo on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal were registered between 1873 - 1876 and 1878. In 1851, 223 boats were registered. William Bauman transcribed these lists.

This collection covers newspaper advertisements of slave sales and runaways from Western Maryland, together with opinions about slavery and emancipation . Newspaper articles from Hagerstown and Cumberland 1790 to 1864 are included.

A list of the historically important African American individuals, groups and organizations of Allegany and surrounding counties, created by Al Feldstein, Western Maryland historian and author.

A list of the historically important women of Allegany County, created by Al Feldstein, Western Maryland historian and author.

George’s Creek Coal and Iron Company, based near Lonaconing, was an important part of coal mining history in Allegany County. The company’s payroll for 1906-1907 lists the miners and other workers.

This is a collection of campaign buttons and election items from Allegany County, Maryland elections from 1950 to 2016. They have been collected and researched by Al Feldstein.

The Alleganian in 1864 reported a number of Civil War events, the Battle of Monocacy, the burning of Chambersburg, and the Battle of Folck's Mill, near Cumberland; and the passage of the Maryland Constitution, ending slavery in the state.