Established in 1967 and named an activist for the rights of African Americans and women, the Sojourner Truth Room is a collection of books, periodicals and other material on African American history and culture.
The collection consists of over 9,000 cataloged books, many of which are rare or out of print, and vertical files containing pamphlets, photographs, clippings and other material. Current periodicals are available, as well as extensive backfiles on microfilm or in bound volumes.
The collection covers religion, art, literary criticism, music, sports, sociology and politics. Subjects emphasized in the collection include the slave narrative (some original editions are owned) as well as many reprints and the 31-volume Writer's Project series of oral histories.
The room is currently undergoing an expansion, which will become one of the two largest African-American research collections in the state of Maryland. The 16,000 square foot wing will feature a lecture hall that will seat 125, a conference room, an exhibit hall and a reference room with a capacity for 50,000 secured volumes.