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
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


Paintings; Landscape; Landscape--Water; Maryland, Western
Johnston, John R., 1826-1895
Landscape scene shows stream or pond meeting shore at center ground. Figures stand on shore and row canoe in water. Rocks and brush appear at lower left and along a slope at right. Rocky cliffs and mountains are seen in left background. Oil on canvas by John R. Johnston.
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1872
MA3348


Paintings; Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827.; Peale Family (artists); Animal remains (Archaeology); Portrait group; Landscape
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827.
Scene shows numerous figures around a water-filled pit. Triangular wooden frame structure appears in center, to which buckets are attached on a pulley system. Artist and his family are represented center; other figures work in water, around waterwheel. Tents are seen in background. Oil on canvas by Charles Willson Peale.
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1806-1808
MA5911


Paintings; Maritime; Baltimore City Life Museum Collection; Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843.; Star-spangled banner (Song); Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)
Moran, Edward Percy, 1862-1935
By Dawn’s Early Light. Oil on canvas by Edward Percy Moran. Depicts Francis Scott Key standing on boat, arms outstretched toward a United States flag above Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.
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ca. 1912
CA562


Allegory--Place--America; Occupation--Service--Firemen; Paintings; Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Curlett, Thomas
Allegorical Female Emblematic of Independence (Fire Engine Panel). Oil on panel by Thomas Curlett, ca. 1842. Image depicts woman in classical dress with red cape at center, holding sword in right hand. Sword points to large piece of paper rolled at bottom with preamble to the United States Constitution inscribed on it.
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ca. 1842
CA133


Occupation--Service--Firemen; Paintings; Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Barnes, Jno. H.
Directions for the Bellringer in case of Fire. Oil on panel by Jno. H. Barnes. Painted sign shows seated man at top of composition, with words below him. Cartouches are seen around composition, with a cart appearing at lower center.
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ca. 1851
CA137


Maps; Baltimore (Md.)--Maps.; Maps--Maryland
Poppleton, Thomas H.
Plan of the City of Baltimore by Thomas H. Poppleton, 1822 [1852].
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1852
[Map 1852]


Maps; Baltimore (Md.)--Maps.; Maps--Maryland
Warner & Hanna, Publisher
Warner & Hanna's Plan of the City and Environs of Baltimore.
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1801
[Map 1801]


Maps; Maps--Maryland; Maps--Maryland--Annapolis; Harbor
Unknown
The Harbor of Annapolis, 1846.
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1846
[Map 1846]


Maps; Maps--Maryland
Griffith, Dennis
Map of the State of Maryland, 1794 [1795] by Dennis Griffith. Griffith
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1794 [1795]
[Map 1794]


Maps; Maps--Maryland
A New Map of the Province of Maryland in North America, 1780.
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1780
[Map 1780]


Maps; Maps--Maryland; Maps--Virginia; Maps--Delaware
Map of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, 1794.
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1794
[Map 1794]


Maps; Baltimore (Md.)--Maps; Maps--Maryland
Folie, A.P.
Plan of the Town of Baltimore and It
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1792
[Map 1792]


Maps; Willard Hackerman Map Collection; Maps--Virginia; Maps--Maryland
Speed, John, 1552-1629
A Map of Virginia and Maryland by John Speed, 1676. Reflects new information from Augustine Herman
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Copy of original owned by the Maryland Historical Society. No reproduction or use without permissionfrom Willard Hackerman. Please contact the Department of Imaging Services: imagingservices@mdhs.org
1676
[]Map 1676]


Maps; Maps--Maryland; Maps--Virginia
Homann, Johann Baptist, 1664-1724
Map of Virginia and Maryland by Johann Baptist Homann, 1719.
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1719
[Map 1719]


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


Carroll Family; Manuscripts; Industry
Baltimore Company Iron Works
Iron Works Corporation Agreement, 1731. Dr. Charles Carroll formed the Baltimore Company Iron Works on 1800 acres to the west of Mount Clare, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Carroll formed the company in partnership with Benjamin Tasker, Daniel Dulany, Daniel Carroll of Duddington and Charles Carroll.
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1731
MS2018


Manuscripts; Manuscripts--Pictorial works; Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820; Latrobe Family
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820.
New Orleans, March 8, 1819. [Drawing of tombs.] Benjamin H. Latrobe Journal V, February 27, 1819 through March 9, 1819 (Number 20).
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1819
MS2009