Collections Online

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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American Civil WarAfrican American HistoryPhotographs
War of 1812Women's HistoryBenjamin Henry Latrobe
PaintingsMining the Museum (exhibit)

Works on Paper

Emigration & immigrationMaritimePrints
Works on paper; African American history; Slavery.
Unknown
Escape by night. Pen and ink over graphite on cream tracing paper by unknown artist.
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ca. Late 19th Century
1950.122.5b


Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820; Latrobe Family; African American history; Street scene; Portrait group; Latrobe Family
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820
Market Folks, New Orleans, 1819. Watercolor on paper by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
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1819
1960.108.1.14.17


Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820; Latrobe Family; African American history; Slavery; Works on paper; Portrait male
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820
Alic, a faithful and humorous servant. Watercolor and pen on paper by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
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1797
1960.108.1.3.12


Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820; Latrobe Family; Fredericksburg (Va.); African American history; Slavery; Works on paper
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820
An overseer doing his duty near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Watercolor on paper by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
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ca. 1798
1960.108.1.3.21


Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820; Latrobe Family; African American history; Slavery; Portrait group; Works on paper
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820
Preparations for the Enjoyment of a fine Sunday Evening. Watercolor on paper by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
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1797
1960.108.1.2.36


Portrait Male; Photographs--Cased object; American Civil War, 1861-1865; African American history
Unknown
James W. Sank. Sank enlisted into the Purnell Legion Infantry during the American Civil War. Sank served three years and returned to Baltimore as a letter carrier.
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ca. 1865
CSPH 338


Women's history, Photographs; Baltimore City Life Museum Collection; African American history; Rowhouses; Architecture--Interior; Portrait group--Family
Dubas, John
Alley house mother. Black and white photograph by John Dubas, 1916. The Arthur U. Hooper Memorial Collection.
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ca. 1916
MC9451


Paintings; African American history; Landscape
Williams, Alphonso
The Strawberry Checkout. Acrylic on board by Alphonso Williams.
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2001.29


Paintings; African American history; Slavery.; Perry Hall (Md.)
Guy Francis, 1760-1820
Perry Hall, Slave Quarters with Field Hands at Work. Oil on canvas by Francis Guy.
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ca. 1805
1986-33


African American history, Paintings; Portrait male; Portrait male--Occupation--Artist; Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Middleman, Raoul, b. 1935
Tom Miller (1945-2000). Oil on canvas by Raoul Middleman. Miller earned his undergraduate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and was an art teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools for 20 years. Miller returned to MICA 1987 for his graduate degree and from then on worked as a full-time artist. Miller is a renowned decorative furniture painter. Gift of Raoul Middleman and Steven Scott Gallery.
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1994
1995.22.1


Paintings; Portrait groups--Children; African American history
Peale, Sarah Miriam, 1800-1885
Family group shows children of Commodore John Daniel Danels. Five Danels children with two African American children. At left, a boy stands wearing brown skeleton suit. John Danels is seen in center wearing green jacket while at right, Lewis Danels is seated, wearing a brown skeleton suit. Eugenia Danels, seen on stool, wears salmon dress. Oil on canvas by Sarah Miriam Peale.
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ca. 1826
1973.12.1


African American history, Paul Henderson, Photographs, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, Portrait female, Women's history, Entertainers, Churches and synagogues, Baltimore (Md.)--Churches and synagogues
Henderson, Paul, 1899-1988
Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) performing. Possibly Gillis Memorial Church. Reverend Theodore Jackson. Audience in background. Photography by Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988), circa February 1959.
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ca. 1959
HEN.00.A2-270


Portrait male--Child; Paintings; African American history
Kühn, Justus Engelhardt
Full-length portrait shows Henry Darnall III as a boy in yellow-orange tunic and green cape holding a bow and arrow. To the left is an African American boy in an orange coat, holding a dead bird. Darnall stands in an architectural setting with balustrades at sides, and formal gardens and buildings behind. Oil on canvas by Justus Englehardt K
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ca. 1710
1912.1.3


Johnson, Joshua; African American history; Manuscripts
Pages 298-300 of Volume I of Baltimore County Chattel Records, 1773-1788, recording Joshua Johnson
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1773-1784
MS2865


Banneker, Benjamin, 1731-1806; Manuscripts; Manuscripts--Pictorial works; African American history
Banneker, Benjamin, 1731-1806.
Diagram of eclipse on April 3, 1701. From Benjamin Banneker
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April 3, 1791
MS2700


Banneker, Benjamin, 1731-1806; Manuscripts; Manuscripts--Almanacs; Manuscripts--Pictorial works; African American history
Banneker, Benjamin, 1731-1806.
Benjamin Banneker
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1795
MS2700


Abolitionists.; Manuscripts; African American history
Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Letter book by John Brown containing three chapters of autobiographical narrative of
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1859
MS155


African American history; Suffrage; Lithograph; Celebrations and parades
Metcalf & Clark, Publishers
The Result of the 15th Amendment and the rise and progress of the African race in America and its final accomplishment, and celebration on May 19th A.D. 1870. Published by Metcalf & Clark.
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ca. 1870
H85


PP1; American Civil War; 1861-1865; African American history; Celebrations and parades; Suffrage; Photograph
Chase, William
Baltimore's African American's celebrate the Fifteenth Amendment, Establishing the right of Suffrage. 1870. Stereoview taken in Monument Square celebrating the 15th Amendment. (Previously Z24.797)
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1870
PP1.2


American Civil War, 1861-1865; African American history; Slavery.; Sheet music
The Fugitive's Song illustration.
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MD12078


Games