Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.

Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.

Archives Specialist

B.F.A., Catholic University, 1981 M.A., American University, 1988

Research Specialties: 
  • Entertainment
  • Colonial Maryland and Virginia with an emphasis on the tobacco culture and Church of England
  • Agriculture
  • Genealogy
  • Film
  • LGBT

Completing work on "Monkeys in a Toyshop" a history on the Church of England in colonial Maryland and how it was entwined with the tobacco economy.

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

“The Prince George’s County Historical Society, Inc. Saint George’s Day Award, to Franklin A. Robinson Jr. for his work in preserving the Robinson and Via family papers collection now with the Smithsonian Institution.”

“Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Service Award, 2011”

“The Prince George’s County Historical Society, Inc. Saint George’s Day Award, to Franklin A. Robinson Jr. as co-author of the book The Naylors of Woodborough.”

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists-Screen Actor's Guild (AFTRA-SAG)
  • Actor's Equity Association (AEA)


Faith & Tobacco, A History of St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Washington, D.C.: Anchovy Hill Press, 2015

From the colonial era until well into the 20th century, the combination of faith and the income from tobacco built and sustained the Anglican parishes of Maryland.  This book examines the history of St. Thomas' Parish in Prince George's County-a parish whose roots reach back to one of the earliest congregations in the colony. The text covers not only the events and people at the local parish level but also gives insight into the necessary and practical business of managing a parish; supporitng a rector, maintaining church buildings, and nurturing the growth of congregations.

"The Correspondence of Charles Eversfield of Denne Park, and the Rev. John Eversfield of Maryland" Horsham Heritage, Issue No. 4, pgs. 41-49, Autumn 2001
"Bring Your Friends": A Brief History of the Chapel of the Incarnation, St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish, Brandywine, Prince George's County, Maryland Washington, DC, 2001
St. Thomas' Parish Register, Croome, Prince George's County, Maryland, 1849–1906. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, 1998.
For the Glory of God: A Brief History of Page's Chapel, Later Known as St. Thomas' Church, Croom, Prince George's County, Maryland, 1732-1995 Colonial Press, Birmingham, AL, 1995