Figgins Collection - PP27

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library

1917-1970 (bulk 1917-1918)

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, July 1999


Lt. Bernard W. Figgins (1887-1963) was born in Washington, D.C. to Enoch and Corrie Figgins. He was educated at the Virginia Military Institute, serving during World War I in the U. S. Navy as Lt. j.g., and in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Married to Laura (Wise) Figgins, he later worked as a salesman and lived in the Baltimore area for 51 years, residing at 227 Mallow Hill Rd. at the time of his death. He was a member of the American Legion and the Maryland Militia Association.

Collection Origin

Gift of Mrs. B.W. Figgins, 1970 (63335).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with 7 folders containing 82 photoprints and 1 negative. The photographs are occasionally captioned, and most are understood to originate during Figgins’ service in the U.S. Navy during World War I, 1917-1918. There are a few photos made in 1964-1970.


The photographs are arranged by general subject in the following series:

Ships, 1917-1918. Identified.

Ships, 1917-1918. Unidentified, captioned.

Ships, 1917-1918. Unidentified, not captioned.

People, 1917-1918. Identified.

People, 1917-1918. Unidentified, captioned.

People, 1917-1918. Unidentified, not captioned.

Other subjects, 1964-1970.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 7 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
Ships, 1917-1918. Identified. 13 items.

U.S.S. Virginia. 1 item.

Destroyer Stockton. 2 items.

U.S.S. Pennsylvania. 1 item.

U.S.S. Massachusetts. Dressed ship in Baltimore, Dec. 5, 1918; ship’s bell. 2 items.

Old Ironsides. 1 item.

U.S.S. Von Steuben. 1 item.

U.S.S. Hopkins, convoy duty. 1 item.

Collier – Jason – coaled – Mass – 10/10/17. 1 item.

Cheyenne. 2 items.

U.S.S. Von Steuben, first entry to Hampton Roads. 1 item.

Box 1, Folder 2
Ships, 1917-1918. Unidentified, captioned. 15 items.

Includes overview and close-up images of ships and sea conditions. Scenes include convoys, locations like Lewes, Del., and a ship flag at half-staff for George Von. L. Meyer, Secretary of Navy.

Box 1, Folder 3
Ships, 1917-1918. Unidentified, not captioned. 15 items.

Includes overview and close-up images of ships in water and in dry-dock, and of sea conditions.

Box 1, Folder 4
People, 1917-1918. Identified. 14 items.

Ensign Bernard N. Figgins. 2 items (print and negative).

Montgomery’s men. 1 item.

Lt. Cook. 1 item.

"The one on each end of the 3 ensigns are my junior division officers" (Benoist and Ivory). 1 item.

Lt. Figgin. 1 item.

George Stoddard. 1 item.

"My boys, A2 Division, Maren 1918" (Kramer, Crooks, Towner, Hardy, Hill, Dushane, Beall, Francoriae, Linsenmeyr). 1 item.

Figgin, Phila., Naval home. 1 item.

Old Pop Rice. 1 item.

Coaling ship (Figgin toward center of picture). 1 item.

B.W.F., 1917-1918. 1 item.

B.F., 1917. 1 item.

Club von Felsenkeller (souvenir from Von Steuben). 1 item.

Box 1, Folder 5
People, 1917-1918. Unidentified, captioned. 16 items.

Various groups, individuals, and activities aboard ships. Included are troop inspections on the U.S.S. Von Steuben, ships complement (group portrait), and gun crew drill.

Box 1, Folder 6
People, 1917-1918. Unidentified, not captioned. 7 items.

Various groups, individuals, and activities aboard ships. Includes a photo of African American sailors and a rowing crew.

Box 1, Folder 7
Other subjects, 1964-1970. 3 items.

Includes photo of B.W. Figgins’ sword from the U.S. Navy, 1917-1918, and of Figgins’ grave marker in the Baltimore Cemetery. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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