Library News 2011

12/15/11 - Louise Kerr Hines Collection and Kenneth Elsworth Stewart Papers added

Ms. Hines' lawsuit against the Enoch Pratt Library in the 1940s helped open the doors to fellow black librarians who were barred from working there as part of long standing practice. She also taught in the segregated city schools, reported for the Afro, and worked for the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP. The finding aid can be viewed at:

Kenneth Elsworth Stewart Kenneth Elsworth Stewart, a resident of Baltimore, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of Paris. The collection (MS 3083) consists primarily of military records from Mr. Stewart’s time in service, as well as correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous items. It can be viewed at:

12/07/11 - Recently uploaded: Subject Guide to the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project

Library staff have recently uploaded a Subject Guide to the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project in order to provide some direction for research in the main subject areas of the collection. This is by no means an exhaustive list and further exploration of all interviews is suggested. Subjects include African Americans on the police force, the Afro-American newspaper and Dr. Carl Murphy, Baltimore Commission Self-Survey, Black Panther Party, Buy Where You Work Campaign, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), riots of 1966-1968, college entry for African Americans, and much more. To learn more about the project, go to the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project page. 

11/19/11 - Baltimore City Teachers Association Collection among 3 new finding aids posted

3 new finding aids were made available this week:

Baltimore City Teachers Association Collection, 1849-2001, MS 3060

Carey and Kimber Families Manuscript Collection 1847-1953, MS 3063

Cary-McHenry Family Papers Collection 1770-1990, MS 3085

* additionally, over 100 photographs were added into the Photograph Vertical Files, including photographs of Baltimore's urban homesteading of the late 1970s, a penny-farthing, and even an eclipse from 1869!

11/11/11 - Over 20 new finding aids available!

Over 20 new finding aids have been completed, uploaded to our website, and catalogued in the last two months. Some of the newly accessible collections include:

The Schooner Mammoth Logs, 1814 and The Schooner Independencia del Sud, November, 1817 – January, 1822, MS 3082

Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project Oral History Collection, 1978-1980, OH 8297

 Oaths of Allegiance and Oaths of Fidelity Collection, 1775-1778, MS 3088

Sidney Hollander Collection, 1926-1972, MS 2044

and more!

Look for more updates in the coming months as the Special Collections staff continues to span the centuries, making collections available to our patrons.

11/10/11 - MdHS films to be screened at AMIA conference in Austin, TX

The Siebert family movies, from the MdHS collection, will be screened at the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference in Austin, TX , on  November 17 and 18 . The Fair of the Iron Horse and The Druid Hill Park Zoo, two silent home movies from 1927, were recently preserved through a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) grant received by the MdHS. Special thanks to MdHS volunteer Siobhan Hagan for making this happen! Follow the link to the AMIA site for more information

11/03/11 - McKeldin-Jackson Oral Histories Project page updated

The McKeldin-Jackson Project (1969-1977) description along with a link to the inventory (as PDF) has been updated. The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid 20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by Lillie May Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin. Lillie May Jackson (1889-1975) was a pioneering civil rights leader beginning in the 1930’s and an organizer of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP. Theodore R. McKeldin (1900-1974) was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959) and an advocate for civil rights.

10/31/11 - Last of Henderson Photograph Collection inventory lists uploaded

The last inventory list of the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection (crate nine, 8 x 10 inch film negatives) has been uploaded. The entire negative portion of the the collection has been entered in to inventory lists and are available as PDFs. With over 6,000 negatives in the collection, this has been quite the task. All negatives are available as positive reference images in the Special Collections Department. Now we are working on the Paul Henderson Manuscript Collection (MS 3089), coming soon. 

10/24/11 - Newly Uploaded Prints & Photographs Inventory Lists

The following P&P Collections have been added to both the library catalog and to the finding aids section of the library page: 

PP238 Claire McCardell Photograph Collection, ca. 1923-1995
PP243 Kenneth Elsworth Stewart Photograph Collection, 1899-1956
PP247 George M. Anderson Photograph Collection, 1861-1969

10/12/11 - New Acquisition: Daguerreotype and Tintype of Patty Atavis, Baltimore City Slave; Bill of Sale

MdHS has recently acquired a daguerreotype and tintype of Martha Ann "Patty" Atavis, a slave described as a nurse, owned by Dr. John Whitridge of Baltimore. The tintype (CSPH 546) shows Patty holding Alice Lee Whitridge, daughter of Dr. Whitridge and the daguerreotype (CSPH 545) shows Patty alone. Photographs of identified slaves are extremely rare. MdHS is pleased to hold these two items in the collection and looking forward to further research in to the life of Patty Atavis. Along with the photographs, MdHS has also acquired Patty's Bill of Sale (from Ruth McCubbin to John Whitridge). 


08/01/11 - MdHS Photographs tumblr Wins Best Tumblr Feed in Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore Magazine named the MdHS Photographs tumblr Best Tumblr Feed in 2011 Best of Baltimore! The MdHS Photographs tumblr is a blog curated by Jennifer A. Ferretti, Digitization Coordinator, and highlights the photographs in the MdHS collection. The blog is updated each week day with an iconic photograph of Maryland. Thanks, Baltimore Magazine!  

MdHS Photographs tumblr screen shot

06/30/11 - Paul Henderson Photograph Collection Inventory Lists Now Online

The Paul Henderson Photograph Collection consists of over 6,000 black and white negatives and a few hundred prints taken in Baltimore in ca. 1940-1960. The collection focuses on the African American community and contains a significant amount of portraits. The negative portion of the collection consists of nine main boxes, eight of which are available online in container lists. See the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection in the Projects & Partnerships section of the library page to learn more. 

HEN.00.A2-161 Protesting segregation of teacher training programs. July 1948. Photograph by Paul Henderson.
HEN.00.A2-161 Protesting segregation of teacher training programs. July, 1948.Paul Henderson.


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