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

Works on Paper

Emigration & immigrationMaritimePrints
Newspapers and periodicals; American Civil War, 1861-1865; Occupation--Military--Soldier
Guernsey, Alfred H. (Alfred Hudson), 1824-1902
Conduct of War
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May 1865
E468.7.G93


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Newspapers and periodicals; Occupation--Military--Soldier
Frank Leslie (March 29, 1821
Illustrated history of the Civil War by Well-known artists
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ca. 1800
E468.7.I631


Slavery.; American Civil War, 1861-1865; African American history; Broadsides.
Tilghman, Tench
Broadside for runaway slave, Phillip Adams, by Tench Tilghman. May 4th 1861.
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May 4, 1861
[Broadside 1861]


Broadsides.; American Civil War, 1861-1865; Occupation--Military--Soldier
Lee, Robert E. General
Proclamation of General Lee to the people of Maryland. Written from headquarters of Army, North Virginia near Frederick Town. September 8, 1862. Signed R. E. Lee, general Commanding.
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September 8, 1862
[Broadside 1862]


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Broadsides.
People of Baltimore! The hour of actions has arrived- let not the precious time be wasted in useless talk. April 21, 1861. 7 pages.
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April 21, 1861
[Broadside 1861]


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Newspapers and periodicals; Broadsides.
Baltimore Company American; Longnecker, J.H.
Baltimore Company American Extra. Towsontown, Maryland. Civil War is in Our Midst! [signed] This is J.H. Longnecker!
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1861
[Broadside 1861]


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Newspapers and periodicals; Broadsides.
Charleston Mercury, Publishers
The Union is Dissolved! Charleston Mercury Extra, newspaper extra. An ordinance to state the dissolution of the Union, South Carolina. 1:15 o'clock P.M. December 20, 1860.
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December 20, 1860
[Broadside 1860]


The Sun
American Civil War, 1861-1865; African American history; Abolitionists.; Baltimore (Md.) Newspapers and periodicals; Newspapers and periodicals; Slavery.; Broadsides.
The Sun, Publishers
The Sun- Extra Baltimore. Slave Insurrection at Harper's Ferry. The Defeat of Insurgents. Probably end of the battle, orders for troops countermanded. October 18, 1859. American Civil War.
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1859
[Broadside 1859]


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Newspapers and periodicals; Women's history
Harper & Brothers, Publisher
A Female Rebel in Baltimore, An Everyday Scene. Cover of Harper's Weekly, Volume V, Number 245. New York. Saturday, September 7, 1861. Medium Prints Collection.
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September 7, 1861
[74688]


American Civil War, 1861-1865; African American history; Flags
Fourth Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War Flag. Silk mounted on a wooden pole (with the eagle missing).
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1863
2004.22


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Memorials; Object
Smith, John Phelemon (1845-1912)
Antietam National Cemetery Memorial Shadowbox, ca. 1886. American Civil War.
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ca. 1886
2000.22


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Works on paper
Omenhausser, John I.
Illustration in John I. Omenhausser's sketchbook
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1865
1945.57.1


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Works on paper
Omenhausser, John I.
Illustration in John I. Omenhausser's sketchbook
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1865
1945.57.1


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Object--Weapons
Knife used in the American Civil War.
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ca. 1861-1865
1971.83.1


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Textiles
Coat used in the American Civil War.
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1984.2


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Works on paper
Omenhausser, John I.
Illustration in John I. Omenhausser's sketchbook
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1865
1945.57.1


American Civil War, 1861-1865; Works on paper
Omenhausser, John I.
Illustration in John I. Omenhausser's sketchbook
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1865
1945.57.1


Painting; Portrait male; American Civil War, 1861-1865
Waugh, Samuel Bell, 1814-1885
Oil painting on canvas of Isaac Ridgeway Trimble (1802-1888) by Samuel Bell Waugh (1814-1885.). Trimble was a West Point-trained engineer who specialized in railroad construction. This painting shows him examining plans for a bridge seen in the background. In 1861 at age 57, Trimble left Maryland to serve in the confederacy and rose to the rank of Major General. He lost his leg in the battle of Gettysburg and was taken prisoner by the Northern Army, but was exchanged one month before the war's end.
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1852
1956.86.45


Textiles; American Civil War, 1861-1865
Jacket, American Civil War.
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ca. 1864
1920.41.33.1


Textiles; American Civil War, 1861-1865
Peter Tate and Co., Manufacturer
Confederate jacket worn by Private William Harvey Harrison (1870-1922). The jacket was manufactured in great quality under contract by the Peter Tate and Co. firm of Limerick, Ireland, and run through the blockade to the South. Large numbers of this jacket were issued throughout the Confederacy late in the war and several features are unusual about it; it is nearly entirely machine-sewn, the lining is linen when virtually no linen was being produced domestically in the Confederacy, and faint markings of the British military sizing system are evident in the lining. Gift of Maryland Line Confederate Soldier's Home, Pikesville, Maryland.
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ca. 1864
1920.41.25


Games