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Calvert papers

Identifier: MS 0174


The Calvert papers contain various legal documents and records related to land. The documents in the collection are dated between 1621 and 1775.


  • 1621-1775


Conditions Governing Access

Public use of the Calvert papers is restricted to microfilm: Manuscripts Department microfilm MS 174.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.


4.05 Linear Feet (1300 items, 27 microfilm reels)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Colonel F.H. Harford and John Roland Phillips in 1888 and 1894 respectively.

Scope and Contents

The Calvert papers are organized into four sections. The first section, Maryland colonial history, features Cecilius Calvert's instructions to first colonists, conditions of plantations in 1640, proclamations, orders, council records, assembly records, land grants, court records and wills, rent rolls from 1640-1761, Native American affairs, relations with Virginia, and letters from Philemon LLoyd, Edmund Jennings, Daniel Dulany, Benjamin Taskar, and Horatio Sharpe.

The second part of the collection, boundary disputes, features documents on land on the Delaware Peninsula, disputes with William Penn, land records, extracts from British and American records, court proceedings, appointments of commissioners, surveyor's reports, maps, letters and miscellaneous items.

The third section, Avalon, contains patents and bounds of the province.

The fourth and final section, the Calvert family, contains grants, deeds, and other documents relating to land, etc., in England, personal letters and heraldic documents.

Guide to the Calvert papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-07-10: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Micah Connor.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States