The Director of the Maryland State Library persented us with
fifteen reels of scattered issues of the Morning Sun and a run of the
Maryland Gazette from 1745 to 1839 in Xidex copies. The publication
program of the Hall of Records Commission continued as usual; the Maryland
Manual appeared in February 1972 (1971-1972 edition). The Archivist
compiled and edited a new history of Maryland, The Old Line State, he
published his annual report which has a name change to Highlights' of 1972.
He also published "Captain Gordon of the Constellation" in the winter
edition, 1972 of the Maryland Historical Magazine.
The repair room was again plagued with absenteeism. The record
of laminating documents was fairly good, but binding books showed a trend
downward. However, the problem of rebinding manuscripts is a difficult one.
We sent a volume of the Ledgers of the Treasurer of the Western Shore
to be rebound at the Library of Congress, which we had agreed to do when
the Ledgers were deposited with us, and it is almost two years since it
has been there and it is not done yet!
The work of the photographic department was excellent both in
quantity and in quality which gives us great satisfaction because most of
the additions of Church Records is by film.
The work of the summer indexing project was also satisfactory.
Three counties remained to be done for the 1783 assessments of Maryland:
Calvert, Caroline and Somerset. The assessment was completed during the
first three weeks of the project. The rest of the project was devoted to
calendaring papers of the revolutionary period in our uncalendared executive
Two volunteer workers, Mrs. Irvin C. Brown and Mrs. Louise
Joyner Hienton, continued their much appreciated work throughout the year.
They indexed the Marriage Records of Prince George's County 1776 as well as
the Register of St. Paul's Baden, Protestant Episcopal Church, also in
Prince George's County. Had we many more such competent volunteer workers
our efforts to create finding aids to many of our records would be enormously