Maryland Traditions Archives
Housed in Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at UMBC since 2014, the Maryland Traditions Archives (MTA) is a partnership with Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. The collections are administered using a “shared stewardship” model, in which MTA staff collaborate with members of the communities represented within the collections (“source communities”) to share curatorial authority.
MTA collections are open to the public. They contain institutional records from the Maryland Folklife Program (1976-2000) and Maryland Traditions (2000-present), folklorist papers, and materials documenting and/or donated by practitioners of living cultural traditions. Materials are in a variety of paper, analog media, and digital formats.