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The Mount Clare Library collections contain numerous volumes on genealogy, the colonial and revolutionary periods, and Maryland history. We have a large collection of rare books that belonged to Charles Carroll, Barrister and other notable families of the 18th and 19th century.

The bookcases in the Mount Clare Library are Chippendale Gothic style, made circa 1830 of red pine for the home of Dr. Brinton of Philadelphia. The bookcases and its contents were purchased in 1858 and moved to a 1787 house in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, called ‘Ivy Neck’, the historic Murray estate near Cumberstone. Ivy Neck was destroyed by fire in 1944; however, the library and bookcases were saved. They were transferred to Mount Clare.

In 1745 the Gothic revival movement began and lasted well past the Georgian period of art and architecture. Gothic and classical details were often used in combination. Mount Clare’s bookcases most closely resemble the library in the 1747 residence called “Strawberry Hill”, Twickenham on Thames, London, home of Horace Walpole, an English architect.


The Mount Clare Library is a private research library. We are not a lending library and do not participate in the inter-library loan system. Due to our small staff, we do not offer research for distant scholars at this time.

The Mount Clare Library is open by appointment only. Please contact the director by emailing or calling 410-837-3262 ext. 101.  Visits must be planned at least one week in advance.

Use of the Mount Clare Library is free to Friends of Mount Clare and NSCDA members. There is a $10.00 fee per day for non-members.

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