The Baltimore Fire Publications Collection, 1904-1906, MS 3154

The Baltimore Fire Publications Collection, 1904-1906, MS 3154

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

 

Title

The Baltimore Fire Publications Collection

Creator

Baltimore City Life Museum

Call number

MS 3154

Inclusive dates

1904-1906

Bulk dates

1904

Extent

1 box, 8 folders

Abstract

This is an artificial collection of photographic pamphlets of the Baltimore Fire of 1904. It most likely came from the Baltimore City Life Museum.

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

None

Provenance

This was an uncatalgued collection transferred from the Baltimore City Life Museums in 1997. Seperated from PP179, the Baltimore Fire Photograph Collection

Accession number

Compiled from various unknown accessions.

Processing note

Processed by Eben Dennis, June 2014

 

 

Related Collections:

Baltimore Fire Photograph Collection, 1904-1906, PP179

 

History

 

The Great Fire of 1904 in Baltimore began at 10:48 a.m. on Sunday, February 7, 1904 with a fire alarm sounding at the Hurst Building, Liberty Street and Hopkins Place on the south side of German Street (now Redwood Street). The fire would continue until Monday at approximately 5 p.m. The Great Fire was the largest municipal disaster in American history up until that time. The cause of the fire has been speculated as beginning with a discarded cigarette or cigar butt falling through a two-inch hole in a glass deadlight in the sidewalk above the basement of the Hurst Building.

 

Brisk winter winds spread the fire easily and suddenly, Baltimore’s fire department realized that they would not be able to contain the disaster solely and help from the surrounding area, including Washington, D.C.  and Philadelphia, was requested. The fire destroyed 86 blocks and resulted in one direct fatality from the fire and four fatalities from illness attributed to the fire. More than $70 million in property loses were reported.

 

 

Scope and Content

The collection consists of various publications produced which document the devastation of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.

 

Container List

 

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

“While a Great City Burns” by Samuel H. Ranck

No date

1

1

“Realistic Photos of the Baltimore Fire

1904

1

2

Fireproof Magazine, vol. 4

March 1904

1

3

“The Baltimore Fire” published by J.E. Cahill

February 7, 1904

1

4

“Souvenir of Baltimore” published by the American Picture Company

1904

1

5

“The Baltimore Fire: Through a Camera” published by A.B. Benesch Co.

1904

1

6

“Photographic Views and Descriptions of the Great Baltimore Fire” published by E.D. Read and Son

1904

1

7

Report of the Burnst District Commission

1904-1906, no date

1

8