Welcome to the FSU Ort Library Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections Guide. This LibGuide connects you to a wide variety of materials to aid you in researching regional history, genealogy and history of Frostburg State Universtiy.
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Services and Instruction
- House rare and unique items
Maintain materals related to Frostburg State University, Western Maryland and contiguous counties in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
- Assist with local history questions
- Assist with genealogical research. Please refer to our Obituary Copy Policy for more details, including the cost of the service.
The instruction team can provide training sessions for entire classes in the Library's Instruction Center. Instruction specific to Special Collections is held in the Special Collections Room and taught by the Special Collections librarian. Refer to the information literacy page for details about instruction, student learning goals, and assessment. Faculty should fill out the online library instruction request form, or call x4888 to schedule a class. Times fill up quickly, so it is recommended you make arrangements early in the semester.
The history of the area is steeped in coal and coal mining. Lumbering, railroads, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, and economic growth found its beginning in the first lump of coal dug from a farmer's field in the late 1700s.