Archives and Special Collections

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is the repository for the University Archives, which are the institutional records of Bowie State University. It is also the home of Special Collections, which includes other materials relevant to the education and history of African Americans in Maryland and Prince George's County, books on Maryland history, and rare books.  You will also find photographs documenting Bowie State University's history here.

For more detailed descriptions of our collections, please see our LibGuides.

For just a few of our many photographs (most of which are not processed and not digitized), see HBCU Library Alliance Digital Collections.

 The Department of Archives and Special Collections is open by appointment only. If you have questions, please call the Archivist, Katherine Hayes, at (301) 860-3851 for further information, or email

University Archives

Records include

  • Office of the President;
  • Board of Trustees;
  • Office of Academic Affairs;
  • Director of the Library and Library Administration;
  • Seminar papers;
  • Academic Skills/Learning Resource Center;
  • Public Relations Department;
  • Course Syllabi;
  • Early Student Records;
  • Senior Theses;

and some faculty records.  Collections are unprocessed but some have inventories. Please inquire for dates of materials and more information.

Also undergoing reorganization is the collection of University Publications, which includes

  • Catalogs;
  • Yearbooks;
  • Commencement Programs;

and other materials published by Bowie State University. Our holdings are not complete, but inventories for parts of these record groups are available. Please inquire for more information. 

The photograph collection covers the early history of Bowie State University, as well as Presidents; Speakers and Visitors; Faculty and Staff; Students; Alumni; Athletics; Department Events; and Buildings and Grounds. This collection is not yet processed. Please inquire for more information.

Special Collections

Some records and papers of organizations and individuals from the region can be found here, including

  • AAUW Lanham-Bowie Chapter;
  • Prince George's County Women's Political Caucus;
  • Prince George's County NAACP;
  • Maryland Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development;
  • Broadus N. Butler;
  • Clark F. Norton.

Additional materials that serve as reference tools include histories of Bowie State University; histories of Bowie, MD; pamphlets, scrapbooks, and sheet music; nineteenth century documents relating to the history of slavery in the antebellum south. You will also find a collection of books on Maryland history, and rare books.

All materials are being added to the USMAI Online Catalog, starting in 2011.  For additional information please contact the archives.