Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. Collection - PP36

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

ca. 1917-1972

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, September 1999 



Dr. Thomas Granville Pullen, Jr. (1898-1979) was born in Madison Court House, Virginia, to Annie Brown Hilldrup and Thomas Granville Pullen. Through his mother’s family, he was descended from the Taliaferro, Battaile, Grymes, Lindsay, and Walker families of Virginia, and of the Powers and Pinkney families of Maryland. A 1917 graduate of the College of William and Mary and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pullen earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Teachers College, Columbia.

Pullen first taught in Virginia public schools, then came to Maryland in 1926 as principal of the Catonsville High School in Baltimore County. In 1932, he began work in the area of school superintendency in Maryland, becoming State Superintendent in 1942, and presiding over desegregation of Maryland schools following the 1954 Supreme Court ruling. Upon his retirement of that post in 1964, he served as President of the University of Baltimore from 1964-1969.

A resident of Catonsville, Dr. Pullen was married to Louise Rowe Pullen, and they had a foster son, Thomas J. Stevens, who served in the Marine Corps.

Collection Origin

Provenance unknown (75541).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 34 photographs, 7 negatives, and 4 slides. Subjects are related to Dr. and Mrs. Pullen, their family and friends, and dates span from ca. 1917 to 1972. The photographs are largely uncaptioned.

Note: There are also 17 items of printed ephemera, which includes programs from various social, civic and educational events.

Note: There are nitrate negatives in the collection.

Note: Related materials are in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS. 2643, The Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. Papers; and in the Library of Maryland History Oral History Collection: OH 8026, Dr. Thomas G. Pullen.


The photographs are arranged in the following series:

Dr. Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. and family, ca. 1962-1972.

Williamsburg pictures, ca. 1917.

Houses and outdoor scenes, ca. 1935-1965.

Other subjects, n.d. and 1972.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 3 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
Dr. Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. and family. 16 items.

Dr. Pullen, ca. 1964. 2 items (1 photoprint and 1 35mm transparency).

Mrs. Pullen, ca. 1962. 5 items (3 photoprints and 2 35mm transparencies).

Dr. Pullen and (teenagers?), ca. 1970. 2 items.

Dr. Pullen with 2 unidentified individuals, ca. 1968. 1 item.

Mrs. Pullen (?) portrait, n.d. 1 item.

Dr. Pullen portrait, n.d. 4 items.

Dr. Pullen addressing group at Coppin Teachers College, n.d. 1 item.

Williamsburg pictures, ca. 1917. 9 items.
Set of modern prints labeled "Williamsburg Pictures, Bea Kopp, N(ewport) N(ews) Daily Press". Includes pictures of Dr. Pullen as a young man, posing in front of a monument to Pocohontas, and a group portrait (possibly of students at William and Mary College) with Pullen in the center of the last row.

Box 1, Folder 2
Houses and outdoor scenes. 17 items.

Unidentified house, ca. 1962. 1 item.

Shane House, ca. 1957. 1 item.

Unidentified house and person, ca. 1957. 1 item.

Unidentified person in garden, ca. 1957. 1 item.

Unidentified house, n.d. 1 item (nitrate negative).

Unidentified house, ca. 1965. 3 items (2 photoprints and 1 35mm transparency).

Unidentified house, ca. 1964. 1 item.

"Island Bird", sailboat owned by J. H. Caulk Kemp of McDaniel, Talbot Co., Md., ca. 1935. 1 item.

Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. garden, ca. 1962. 1 item.

Unidentified houses in snow, n.d. 3 items (nitrate negatives).

Field with mountains in background, n.d. 1 item (nitrate negative).

Unidentified house, n.d. 1 item (nitrate negative).

Trees, n.d. 1 item (nitrate negative).

Box 1, Folder 3
Other subjects. 5 items.

Senator George L. Radcliff on 95th birthday, 1972. 1 item.

Unidentified person, a Marine (possibly Pullen’s foster son Thomas J. Stevens), n.d. 1 item.

Painting on dining room wall, n.d. 2 items (1 photoprint and 1 35mm transparency).

Painting, Crucifixion by Dali, n.d. 1 item. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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