Columbia Association (CA) is thrilled to announce the launch of Columbia Maryland Archives. This new name and new platform allow researchers and residents to browse through the history of this planned community from the comfort and convenience of their own home, just as we wrap up American Archives History Month. is the latest derivation of what has been known for decades as Columbia Archives. While the physical archives will continue to exist and serve an important role in preserving the hyper-localized history of this unique place, the website opens those resources up to the masses. provides:

  • Real-time access to information (from a distanced space)
  • Self-directed research support
  • The ability to view the robust history of Columbia through archives and manuscripts
  • Guides to assist with research

“I’m excited to be able to bring this invaluable resource to the general public, allowing everyone to experience Columbia history to the fullest,” Archives Manager Lela Sewell-Williams said. “Columbians and the world wide community of researchers can use this database to discover how this community came to fruition and how they still play a crucial role towards its growth and development.”


The Archives digital collection will continue to grow to further support the needs of researchers and curious neighbors alike.
​​The Archives is also teaming up with the Howard County Public Library System to host a tutorial for students and teachers. The History at Home: Exploring the New Digital Database at Columbia Maryland Archives takes place Wednesday, December 16 at 11 a.m.


Scott E