Columbia Archives’ online exhibits are designed to provide a virtual tour, enabling viewers to connect to diverse topics, images and materials featured within the archives’ collection. Currently, our exhibits feature an exciting retrospective of the more than 50 years of planning and development of Columbia, Maryland, and the speeches of James Rouse — the visionary and innovator championing the development of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland.

It is our goal to expand our online exhibits to provide greater access to the unique resources housed within the archives. We are confident you will find the content of these exhibits to be interesting and inspiring.

Celebrating Columbia at 50

Caption: More than 30 properties were settled by the end of June 1963. Land was being purchased as deals could be made, but the boundaries of Columbia were beginning to become evident. Colored areas indicate purchases through the end of June.

land purchase

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In His Words

Caption: When James W. Rouse started planning Columbia, he knew it was necessary to plan every detail ahead of time. Fifty years after Columbia’s dedication, Rouse’s handiwork is still visible throughout the community. The schools, churches, shopping centers, and parks are all evenly dispersed and easily connected by roadways and sidewalks.

diagram of roadway

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