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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, rare books, and photographs documenting Bowie State University's history.

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

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

The Department of Archives and Special Collections is open by appointment only. 
Please telephone, email, or fill out the online form:
Archives and Special Collections Reference Request Form

If you have questions, please call the Archivist, Katherine Hayes, at (301) 860-3851 for further information, or email

New!! Now online, the College Eye (1935-1967) and the Ebony Tree (1968-1978)!

Bowie State University sesquicentennial logo In honor of the 150th anniversary of Bowie State University’s founding in 1865, we have scanned all the currently held editions of the Normal Eye/College Eye/College Ear, the earliest student newspaper held in the Bowie State University Archives, and the Ebony Tree, its successor.

For both papers, the original scanned images have been combined into PDF files. We've tried to make each one searchable by running OCR (optical character recognition) software on each PDF file. However, due to the inconsistent quality of the typed editions, those may present difficulties in searching.

Help us complete our files!, We are grateful for any loans or gifts of missing issues. If you have questions or problems with any of these files, please contact the Archives.