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Welcome to the Maryland Historical Society’s Collections Online Database. Browse through both Museum Department collections and the Special Collections Department of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library by subject or by medium. Here you will see paintings, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts pieces, lithographs, and more.

With well over one million items housed at MdHS, this database contains merely a fraction of what can be found in the combined collections. Information contained in the records of the Collections Online Database is subject to change as a result of ongoing research.

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PaintingsMining the Museum (exhibit)

Works on Paper

Emigration & immigrationMaritimePrints
War of 1812, 1812-1815; Paintings; Landscape; Maritime
Unknown
Battle of Baltimore. Pen, ink, and watercolor on cream wove paper by unknown artist. Early 19th Century.
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Unknown
MA480


Manuscripts; War of 1812, 1812-1815
Boyle, Thomas, 1775-1825
A proclamation of blockade of United Kingdom by Thomas Boyle, commander of the Chasseur. "By Thomas Boyle, Esq., Commander of the privateer armed brig Chasseur, &c., &c.,-Proclamation: Whereas it has become customary with the Admirals of Great Britain, commanding small forces on the coast of the United States, particularly Sir John Borlaise Warren and Sir Alexander Cochrane, to declare all the coast of the United States in a state of strict and rigorous blockade, without possessing the power to justify such a declaration, or stationing an adequate force to maintain said blockade. I do therefore, by virtue of the power and authority in me vested (possessing sufficient force) declare all the ports, harbors, bays, creeks, rivers, inlets, outlets, islands and seacoast of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in a state of strict and rigorous blockade. And I do further declare, that I consider the force under my command adequate to maintain strictly, rigorously, and effectually, the said blockade. And I do hereby require the respective officers, whether captains, commanders, or commanding officers, under my command, employed or to be employed on the coasts of England, Ireland, and Scotland, to pay strict attention to the execution of this my proclamation. And I do hereby caution and forbid the ships and vessels of all and every nation, in amity and peace with the United States, from entering or attempting to enter, or from coming or attempting to come out of any of the said ports, bays, creeks, rivers, inlets, outlets, islands, or seacoasts, under any pretence whatsoever. And that no person may plead ignorance of this my proclamation, I have ordered the same to be made public in England. Given under my hand, on board the Chasseur, day and date as above. Thomas Boyle. (By command of the commanding officer) J. J. Stanbury, Secretary."
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1814
MS1846


Manuscripts; War of 1812, 1812-1815
Item is a large folio of the Articles of Agreement between the captain of the Highflyer, a Baltimore privateer, and the crew. It gives specific terms of an 1812-1813 cruise of the Highflyer, including 109 seamen's names, stations, shares, and security. Also included are conduct regulations. The Highflyer was captured in February 1813 after taking eight British Vessels.
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1812-1813
MS1846


War of 1812, 1812-1814; Lithograph; Havre de Grace (Md.)
Charles, William, 1776-1820
Hambleton Print Collection. Admiral Cockburn Burning and Plundering Havre de Grace on the 1st of June 1813. Hand colored etching on laid paper by William Charles.
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ca. 1813
H151


Work on paper; History--United States--War of 1812, War of 1812, 1812-1815
Unknown
The Battle Monument, Baltimore, September 22, 1831. Pencil sketch on paper by unknown artist. Hambleton Print Collection.
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ca. 1831
H137


War of 1812, 1812-1815; Lithograph; Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)
Bower, J. sc.
Hambleton Print Collection. A view of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry. Color Aquatint by J. Bower, sc.
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ca. 1814
H89


Prints, Lithographs; War of 1812, 1812-1815; North Point, Battle of, Md., 1814
Ruckle, Thomas
Battle of North Point, near Baltimore, September 12, 1814. Designed, painted and published by Thomas Ruckle. Lithograph of Endicott and Swett. Hambleton Print Collection.
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1834
H84


Courthouses, Monuments, Photographs, Street scenes, War of 1812, Urban landscape, Exterior, Architecture, Baltimore (Md.), Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Youse, Frank W.
Battle Monument. Shows Baltimore City Courthouse and horse-drawn wagons. Calvert Street and Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Frank W. Youse, 1900-1901. 4 x 5 inch glass negative. Baltimore City Life Museum Collection.
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1900-1901
MC2706 .4


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