The purpose of the MARYLAND MANUAL is to present in concise form to
the citizens of Maryland a description of their government. Since it is a
publication of the State, the emphasis is primarily on the agencies of the
State Government; that part having to do with local government is not in'
tended to be more than a directory.
Essays devoted to individual governmental agencies contain at the very
least an account of the legal status of the agency, its function, the name of
the official in charge and the members of any governing body or commis'
sion, the number of persons employed, expenditures during the fiscal year
1949 and appropriations for 1950. A list of current publications of all agen'
cies is given in a separate section.
This edition of the MANUAL is the second compiled by the staff of the
Hall of Records. The cooperation of almost every State agency is gratefully
acknowledged. Special thanks are due the following: James P. Brock and
Mary L. Wilson of the Secretary of State's Office, who made available the
commission records of that office; the Clerks of the various Boards of County
Commissioners and the editors of several newspapers who checked the names
of local officers; Dr. Carl N. Everstine of the Department of Legislative Ref'
erence, who prepared a corrected version of the Constitution; John P. Trim'
mer of the Department of Information, who contributed "Maryland at a
Glance"; Dr. Elwyn A. Mauck and Mrs. Janet Hoffman of the Fiscal Re'
search Bureau who prepared the governmental charts. Of the members of
the staff of the Hall of Records who assisted, special mention is due John P.
Hively, Prances W. Hoot, Gust Skordas and Roger Thomas.
The reader's attention is cal]ed to the fact that the Index which formerly
contained references only to that part of the book devoted to State agencies
has now been enlarged to include all names of persons. As a result it has
been necessary to divide the Index into a "General Index" devoted to agen'
cies, subjects and functions and "An Index to Proper Names". Other addi'
tions are a tabulation of the results of the legislative elections of 1946, which
is not available elsewhere and which we thought would be especially useful
this General Election year, and a more informative treatment of State-aided
institutions. Our most ambitious addition to this MANUAL is the publication
of pictures of the members of the General Assembly.
We have, on the other hand, dropped the following sections as not being
useful enough to justify the space required: "Results of Senatorial Elections,
1913-1946," "Results of Gubernatorial Elections, 1871-1946," and "Battle
Flags of Maryland." The section called "Marylanders in Federal Government"
was omitted because it proved impossible to establish a firm criterion for deter-
mining who is a Marylander.
MORRIS L. RADOFF, Archivist.