Baltimore City College Ephemera Collection, MS 3131

Finding Aid to the Baltimore City College Ephemera Collection, MS 3131

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society 

Collection summary 

Title

Baltimore City College Ephemera Collection

Creator

Baltimore City College

Call number

MS 3131

Inclusive dates

1867-1990

Bulk dates

1900-1960

Extent

8 boxes, 98 folders

Abstract

The collection consists of documents and ephemera relating to Baltimore City College High School. BCC is Baltimore’s oldest serving high school and 3rd oldest in the country.

Administrative summary 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Related Collection

PP278; MS 3135

Accession number

62947

Processing note

Processed by Ben Koshland, November, 2013

Historical Note

Baltimore City College, commonly referred to as City, is the nation’s third oldest active public secondary institution. The school opened in 1839 to an all male, all white student population with a curriculum centered on the liberal arts. As the number of accepted students increased, City continued to move to new buildings around downtown Baltimore until a permanent location for the school was found in the city’s northeast suburbs in 1927. The gothic structure, aptly nicknamed “the Castle on the Hill,” sits atop the highest point within the city limits. With a singular tower that stands over 200 feet high, the building and campus hold scenic views of the surrounding region.

Since its inception, City has remained a college preparatory institution with a liberal arts focus. Courses at the school mimicked those of higher learning, with classes meeting for prolonged periods of time only two or three times a week. However in 2006, the school switched to a more conventional high school schedule, hosting classes on a daily basis. In 1998, the school became and remains the only Baltimore City Public School to offer the International Baccalaureate Program in addition to its college prep and Advanced Placement courses.

In addition to its strong academic tradition, City has a storied athletic history, particularly in regards to its football program. The Black Knights of City and the Engineers of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute formed the oldest active athletic rivalry in the nation beginning in 1889, when the first City-Poly football game was held. While recent years have seen the strength of both programs fluctuate, the City-Poly game remains a highly anticipated annual event.

Famous graduates of the school include local politicians such as Representative Dutch Ruppersburger, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Senator Ben Cardin, former Governor William Donald Schaefer, and former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke. Other notable graduates include David T. Abercrombie, founder of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Charles P. McCormick, of McCormick Spices, and Robert Embry president of the Abell Foundation.

The school colors of City are black and orange and the school motto is “Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat” which translates to “Honor to he who earns it.” The school song is “The Castle on the Hill” and the more common fight song is “City Forever.”

Scope and Content

This collection is broken into four series based on content and order of acquisition.

Series I: Academic Functions (Box 1) consists of one box containing all ephemera related to commencements, graduations, and farewell programs held on behalf of the students.

Series II: Extracurricular Activities (Boxes 2 – 6) contains five boxes of materials related to student life outside of the classroom including clubs, sports, dances, plays, etc.

Series III: Alumni (Box 7) contains all items related to BCC graduates such as class reunions, hall of fame assemblies, and memorials.

Series IV: Miscellaneous (Box 8) contains materials such as handbooks, school ring patterns, reference materials, articles related to the school building, etc.

Container List 

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Academic Functions

 

 

 

BCC Commencement Programs (1860-1899)

1867, 1883, 1891

1

1

BCC Commencement Programs (1900-1915)

1901-1908, 1910-1912, 1914, 1915

1

2

BCC Commencement Programs (1917-1930)

1917-1922, 1924-1930

1

3

BCC Commencement Programs (1931-1939)

1931-1939

1

4

BCC Commencement Programs (1940-1949)

1940-1949

1

5

BCC Commencement Programs (1950-1955)

1951-1955

1

6

BCC Commencement Programs (1956-1969)

1956-1959, 1965, 1968

1

7

BCC Commencement Program Collection Booklet (1926-1941)

1926-1941

1

8

BCC Graduation Announcements (1895-1929)

1895, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1929

1

9

BCC Farewell Assembly Programs (1948-1959)

1948, 1952, 1953, 1955-1959

1

10

BCC Farewell Assembly Programs (1956-1960)

1956-1960

1

11

BCC Farewell Assembly Programs (1960-1968)

1961-1963, 1966-1968

1

12

 

 

 

 

Series II: Extracurricular Functions

 

 

 

BCC Chess Club

1904, 1905, 1910

2

1

BCC Collegian

1951, 1953

2

2

BCC Literary Societies' Annual Contest

1903, 1905-1911, 1913-1917, 1919

2

3

BCC Literary Societies' Banquet Menus

1902-1905, 1908-1911

2

4

BCC Literary Societies' Constitutions

1906, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1921

2

5

BCC Literary Societies' Debate Programs

1908, 1909, 1911, 1913-1917, 1920, 1959

2

6

BCC Literary Societies' Miscellaneous

1907, 1948

2

7

BCC Literary Societies' Reunions

1917, 1921

2

8

BCC Literary Societies' Serial Play Programs (1903-1920)

1903, 1906-1908, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1920

2

9

BCC Literary Societies' Serial Play Programs (1921-1950)

1924, 1926-1929, 1948

2

10

BCC Literary Societies' Tickets

1911, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1922-1924

2

11

BCC Modern Language Club Papers

1950-1953

2

12

BCC Quill & Scroll Papers (Membership papers, booklets)

1939-1955

2

13

BCC Quill & Scroll Papers (Constitutions, speeches, membership lists, etc.)

1939-1955

2

14

 

 

 

 

BCC Class Cheers (1905-1916)

1905-1916

3

1

BCC Class Cheers (1917-1928)

1917-1928

3

2

BCC Spring Sport Schedules (Baseball, Lacrosse)

1912, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1929

3

3

BCC Sports Schedules (Basketball, Soccer, Swimming)

1917-1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928, 

3

4

BCC Football Schedules (1916, 1920-1925)

1916, 1920-1925

3

5

BCC Football Schedules (1926-1931)

1926-1931

3

6

City-Poly Game Program (1920-1940)

1922-1925, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1937, 1938

3

7

City-Poly Game Program (1940-1952)

1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952

3

8

City-Poly Game Program (1953-1966)

1953-1957, 1966

3

9

BCC Sports Events Tickets (1908-1927)

1908, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1927

3

10

BCC Sports Miscellaneous Ephemera

1909, 1913, 1917, 1922

3

11

 

 

 

 

BCC Junior Play Programs

1929, 1930, 1964

4

1

BCC Senior Play Programs, Tickets (1913-1919)

1913, 1914, 1916-1919

4

2

BCC Senior Play Programs (1920-1926)

1920-1926

4

3

BCC Senior Play Programs (1928-1940)

1928-1931, 1933, 1939

4

4

BCC Senior Play Programs (1941-1950)

1941, 1945, 1946, 1948-1950

4

5

BCC Senior Play Programs (1951-1955)

1951-1955

4

6

BCC Senior Play Programs (1956-1958)

1956-1958

4

7

BCC Senior Play Programs, Papers (1959-   )

1959, 1960, 1963

4

8

BCC Christmas Play Programs (1905-1909)

1905-1909

4

9

BCC Christmas Play Programs (1910-1915)

1910-1913, 15

4

10

BCC Minstrel Program (1912-1924)

1912-1914, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1924

4

11

BCC Music/Musical Ephemera

1903, 1907-1910, 1913, 1921, 1923, 1950, 1951, 1955

4

12

 

 

 

 

BCC Banquet Programs & Menus (1904-1919)

1904, 1906-1913, 1915-1919

5

1

BCC Banquet Programs & Menus (1920-1931)

1920-1925, 1926-1931

5

2

BCC Banquet Programs & Menus (1949-1958)

1949, 1950, 1954, 1957, 1958

5

3

BCC Junior Class Dance Programs & Invitations (1920-1930)

1920, 1923-1930

5

4

BCC Class Day & Class Night Programs (1903-1910)

1903, 1906-1910

5

5

BCC Class Day & Class Night Programs (1911-1915)

1911-1915

5

6

BCC Class Day & Class Night Programs (1915-1920)

1915-1922

5

7

BCC Junior Class Dance Programs & Invitations (1920-1930)

1920, 1923-1926

5

8

BCC Junior Class Dance Programs & Invitations (1927-1930)

1927-1930

5

9

BCC Miscellaneous Dance Programs

1904, 1919-1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1928

5

10

 

 

 

 

BCC Senior Prom Programs (1907-1915)

1907-1915

6

1

BCC Senior Prom Programs (1916-1921)

1916, 1919-1921

6

2

BCC Senior Prom Programs (1922-1924)

1922-1924

6

3

BCC Senior Prom Programs (1925-1928)

1925-1928

6

4

BCC Senior Prom Programs (1929-1931)

1929-1931

6

5

BCC Senior Prom Programs (1932-1955)

1948, 1949, 1953, 1954

6

6

 

 

 

 

Series III: Alumni

 

 

 

BCC Class of 1868 Reunion Programs

1908, 1918

7

1

BCC Class of 1902 Reunion Papers

1951, 1952

7

2

BCC Class of 1905 Reunion Programs

1965

7

3

BCC Class of 1922 Reunion Programs

1952, 1962, 1972

7

4

BCC Class of 1923 Reunion Programs

1973

7

5

BCC Class of 1924 Reunion Programs

1974, 1979

7

6

BCC Class of 1925 Reunion Programs

1975

7

7

BCC Class of 1928 Reunion Programs

1973, 1978

7

8

BCC Class of 1930 Reunion Programs

1975, 1980

7

9

BCC Class of 1931 Reunion Programs

1976

7

10

BCC Class of 1933 Reunion Programs

1973, 1978

7

11

BCC Class of 1935 Reunion Programs

1975, 1980

7

12

BCC Class of 1938 Reunion Programs

1963

7

13

BCC Class of 1939 Reunion Programs

1979

7

14

BCC Class of 1940 Reunion Programs

1965

7

15

BCC Class of 1944 Reunion Programs

1974

7

16

BCC Class of 1949 Reunion Programs

1974, 1984

7

17

BCC Class of 1952 Reunion Programs

1977

7

18

BCC Roll of Honor

1953, 1955

7

19

BCC War Memorial Papers (Mass Memorial)

1955

7

20

BCC War Memorial Papers (Individual Plaques)

1953

7

21

BCC Hall Of Fame Assembly Programs

1959, 1961, 1967, 1968

7

22

BCC Alumni Association Miscellaneous

1893, 1909, 1954

7

23

 

 

 

 

Series IV: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

BCC Student Schedules

1886

8

1

BCC Student Directories (1875-1903)

1875, 1891, 1895, 1903

8

2

BCC Student Directories (1903-1953)

1914, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1953

8

3

BCC Class Ring Patten

1930

8

4

BCC Castle Ephemera

1926, 1928, 1980

8

5

Retirement Resolutions (Shmuhl, Carl E.W.)

1958

8

6

BCC Newspaper Reference 1

1962-1990

8

7

BCC Newspaper Reference 2

1962-1990

8

8

The Green Bag

1962

8

9

BCC Miscellaneous Ephemera

1939,1948,  1950, 1953, 1956, 1968

8

10

 

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