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Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections: Home

Houses materials about the region's history, geology, social and cultural events, and people as well as the history of Frostburg State University. Material written by students, staff, faculty, and area residents.


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. 

If you plan a visit to the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and the Rare Book Room, please call 301-687-4889 or email Liza Zakharova, Special Collections Librarian/Archivist for an appointment. 

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Services and Instruction

  • House rare and unique items
  • Maintain materials 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.

Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections

Contact Info
Lewis J. Ort Library
Room 411
Frostburg State Universtiy 
1 Susan Eisel Drive
Frostburg, MD 21532