Columbia Maryland Archives – a service of Columbia Association – continues to be the primary resource on the history of the planned community of Columbia, as well as the life and career of its visionary founder, James Rouse. Columbia Maryland Archives serves researchers at every level and welcomes residents and visitors who wish to learn more about Columbia’s past, present, and future.
Columbia Maryland Archives remains true to its mission to collect, preserve, and make the documentation of Columbia’s early history and ongoing development available to everyone. Over the years, we’ve expanded our community outreach through public programs, exhibits, articles in local publications, and stories on Columbia Association cable TV productions. We continue to collect materials, including those related to community organizations and oral histories with residents.