Subject Vertical File (SVF) Index

Special Collections Department, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Cataloging and digitization completed through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Special thanks to Anne Stricker and George Gammie.

[SVF] Maryland Theatre under construction, 1903.
[SVF] Maryland Theatre under construction, 1903. 

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“Vertical File” is a term used to describe collections of photographs, clippings, etc., arranged by subject matter and housed in filing cabinets. Unlike the numbered photographs collections, items in the Vertical Files are not arranged in collections by source, or assigned catalog numbers.

Items listed in the finding aids below are arranged by subject in a hierarchy that is alphabetical, geographical, and chronological.

Please note that some items listed in the Subject Vertical File may be restricted.


Click on the section name to view the finding aid. Maryland counties/major subjects are in bold.

Section: A
"Afro-Americans"; Airplanes; Alabama; Allegany County ; Antarctic Regions; Antietam Battlefield; Architecture; Army, U.S.; Astronomy; Autogiros; Automobiles

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County


Section: B            
Baby carriages; Balloons; Baltimore County; Bathing suits; Beaches; Bicycles and tricycles; Birds;  Bookbinding and bookbinders; Boundary markers; Buses; Business and industry


Baltimore City
View the listings below or Download the complete finding aid for Baltimore City
All subjects within Baltimore City, arranged alphabetically. 

Baltimore City: Subjects A - B

Baltimore City: Subjects C

Baltimore City: Subject D

Baltimore City: Subjects E - G 

Baltimore City: Subject H (Halls - Hotels)

Baltimore City: Subject H (Houses)

Baltimore City: Subjects I - M 

Baltimore City: Subjects N - R 

Baltimore City: Subject S (Schools-Street Railroads)

Baltimore City: Subject S (Streets-Synagogues)

Baltimore City: Subjects T - Z 


Section: C
Calvert County; Canals and canal boats; Caricatures and cartoons; Caroline County;Carriages and coaches; Carroll County; Carts and wagons; Case photographs; Cecil County; Celts; Charles County; Civil War; Clothing and dress; Costumes; Criminals and crime


Section: D
Daggers and swords; Dams; Death; Deep Creek Lake; Delaware; Dorchester County


Section: E
Eating and drinking; Emblems; Embroidery; England; Exhibitions;


Section: F
Farm machinery and implements; Farms and farming; Fences; Ferries; Fire hat; Fire; Firebacks; Fireman's Convention Parade; Firemen; Fishing; Flags; Floods; Formations; Forts; Founder's Day; Founding of Maryland; Fountains; Foxes; Fraternal organizations; Frederick County; Freemasons;  Frostburg, Md.; Fruit; Furniture


Section: G
Galleries and museums; Garden; Garrett County; Gazebos; Glass and crystal; Goat and pony  carts; Goats; Greenbelt, Md.; Grocery stores; Guns and weapons


Section: H
Hagerstown; Halethorpe airshow; Halls; Hancock views; Harford County; Harpers Ferry; Harundale;  Henlopen Point; Hessian Barracks; Historic houses; Historic markers; Holidays; Holtwood Power Station; Hooper's Point; Horse; Horticulture; Howard County; Hunting; Hyattsville


Sections: I; J; K
Ilchester; Indians; Industry; Interiors; Ireland; Islands; Ivanhoe, steam yacht; Jewelry; Kensington; Kent County


Section: L
Lake Roland; Landsdowne; Libraries; Light and science; Lighthouses; Lions; Little Italy; Loch Raven; Lony's Spring; Looms; Lord Baltimore's Spring; Lotteries


Section: M
Machinery; Manchester; Maps; Marine Corps; Marriage; Maryland; Maryland Day; Maryland Historical Society; Maryland Journal; Maryland State House of Correction; Massachusetts; Medals;  Melvale, Maryland; Methodist Episcopal book depository; Mexican news; Mexican War; Middle Atlantic  States; Middletown Valley; Mills; Monasteries; Money; Monocacy River; Montgomery County;  Monuments; Motion Picture stills; Motorcycles; Muddy Creek Falls; Musicians; Music


Section: N
National Guard; National Security Agency; Navassa Island; Navy, U.S.;  “Negroes”; New Windsor; Newspapers; North Carolina; Northumberland


Section: O
Ohio; Oregon; Organizations; “Oriental” Americans; Oxcarts and teams


Section: P
Parades and processions; Parkton views; Photography; Picnics; Piscataway Town; Plantation crops; Point of Rocks; Police; Political convention; Porcelain; Port Deposit; Port Tobacco; Post Offices; Postal Service; Potomac River; Pottery; Prince George’s County; Printing and printing presses; Prisoners and prisons; Prohibition; Pumps; Punishment and torture


Section: Q
Quarries; Queen Anne’s County


Section: R
Railroads; Reservoirs and waterworks; Revolutionary War; Riots; Rising Sun; Rivers and streams; Roads; Rockets


Section: S (minus "Ships")
St. Clements Island; St. Mary’s County; St. Michaels; Saranac Lake; School children; Schools and colleges; Sculpture; Seals; Servants; Sewage; Sewers; Sewing; Sharpsburg, Md.; Shipyard; Shot Tower; Silver; Slavery; Solomons Island; Somerset County; Songs; South Mountain Battlefield; Spanish-American War; Spinning and spinning wheels; Sports; Springs; Stables; Stadiums; Stage coaches; Star-Spangled Banner; Storms and cyclones; Street furniture; Street railroads; Street scene; Sugarloaf Mountain; Susquehanna River; Swallow Falls; Swimming


Section: Ships 


Section: T
Tailors; Talbot County; Taneytown; Taylor’s Island; Telegraph; Telephones; Ten Mile Creek; Tennessee; Thurmont (?); Tilghman Island; Toll gate; Toll house; Tombstones; Towson; Toys; Trees; Trotman anchor


Section: U
Unidentified; Union Bridge; Upper Marlboro


Sections: W; Y
War Industries Board; War of 1812; War, Spanish-American; Warehouses; Washington County; Washington, D.C.; Watch papers; West Point, N.Y.; West Virginia; Youghiogheny River