- Library Overview
- Library User Information
- Collections Overview
- Library Catalog
- Programs & Services
- Research Resources
- Collections Online
- Rights & Reproductions
- Donations and Support
- Projects & Partnerships
- Library News & Updates
- School Programs
- Teacher Resources
- Adult Education
- Family & Youth Programs
- Plan a Visit
- Support MdHS
Library News & Updates
Be sure to check out the library's blog, "underbelly: From the Deepest Corners of the Maryland Historical Society Library," for more news and to learn about the collections!
An additional 2500 + photographs taken by A. Aubrey Bodine, Maryland's most famous photographer have recently been inventoried and are now available. These have been added to the 2000 images previously available in a new finding aid for the collection.
The James Garfield Telegram Manuscript Collection, MS 2155 contains telegrams reporting the condition of President James Garfield during the summer of 1881 after an assassination attempt to Samuel Moor Shoemaker. Several were sent to Shoemaker via supervisors and clerks at his company, Adams Express Company.
The Bartlett-Hayward Company Manuscript Collection, MS 2216 contains bound files of account and order records of companies on file, customer ledgers with product orders and specifications, folder of detailed journal accounts describing operations of Bartlett-Hayward & Co, a manufacturing company operating in Baltimore, Maryland in the late nineteenth and late twentieth centuries who later merged with Koppers Company Inc.
The Latrobe-Swann Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3103 contains the personal correspondence of members of the Latrobe and Swann families. The majority of these letters were written to Ellen Penrose Swann Latrobe from her sons, Sherlock and Thomas Swann III.
The Vera R. Kaminski Manuscript Collection, MS 3110 contains documents and ephemera related to Vera R. Kaminski’s participation in Baltimore professional groups. This includes the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Women’s Society of the Engineers Club, and Women’s Auxiliary to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore's History seeks submissions. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016. View more information about the prize here.
The Cumberland Physician's Account Book, MS 3175, is a day-book and journal recording the accounts of a physician in Cumberland, Maryland. It includes information on patients treated, payments, patient deaths by year, and an obstetric record, as well as a list of doctors in town. The book does not contains the name of the doctor, but the dates correspond to that of Dr. Henry W. Hodgson.
The Otto Stude Manuscript Collection, MS 3111, contains correspondence and ephemera from the Stude family members which hold German language correspondence and ephemera during the World Wars, business papers for the Otto Stude Grain Company in Baltimore, military records, postcards and scrapbooks.
The Dyer Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3163 contains genealogical notes, documents, a journal and postcards of the Dyer Family of Maryland. The collection also contains documents of the Fells Point Rifle Company, commanded by Captain William B. Dyer, which was involved in the defense of Fort McHenry during the Battle of North Point.
The John Dubas Collection, 1977.20 contains over 3500 photographs taken by Baltimore photographer John Dubas between 1900 and 1971. The collection also includes manuscript materials related to Dubas' career. John Dubas (1889-1976) was a photographer in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's public relations department for three decades. Born in Vienna, Austria, his family immigrated to Baltimore in 1904, settling in East Baltimore. In 1928, the B&O railroad hired him as a photographer, and he remained with the railroad until retiring in 1960. In his spare time he documented the East Baltimore neighborhood where he lived in a straight forward, no frills style, capturing his friends and family, street scenes, architecture, and the everyday life of the city
The Lucas Brothers, Incorporated Photograph Collection, PP300, contains photographs related to the business ventures of Lucas Brothers, Incorporated.
The Lucas Brothers, Incorporated Manuscript Collection, MS 3174, contains business papers, ephemera, publications, and scrapbooks related to Lucas Bros., Inc., a stationery company in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Baltimore Heritage, Inc. Collection, 1963.1 consists of three boxes of more than 900 architectural surveys and photographs of parts of Fells Point, Little Italy and Old Town compiled by Robert Kahn for Baltimore Heritage, Inc. in the summer of 1963. Arranged alphabetically by street, most of the survey forms include: 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ black and white photograph, estimated construction date, architectural style, construction materials and present (1963) use.
The H. Graham Wood Manuscript Collection, MS 3173, contains research materials compiled by H. Graham Wood for his studies on steamboats and his book, “Steamboats out of Baltimore.”
The H. Graham Wood Photograph Collection, PP299, contains almost 1,000 images of steamboats that traversed the Chesapeake Bay.
The Baden-Robertson Family Manuscript Collection, MS 2629, contains a scrapbook, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and genealogical notes on the ancestors of Elinor Robertson Baden.
The Sadie D. Wilson Manuscript Collection, MS 3015, contains miscellaneous documents related to Wilson, including an autograph book and yearbook for Girls Latin High School.
The Lawrence Ewald, Jr. Papers, MS 2887, contains predominantly project files of Lawrence Ewald’s architectural work in Baltimore and Harford Counties and Baltimore, Maryland from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. Ewald’s work was mainly residential, and documentation for most projects consists of specifications, contracts, and correspondence.
The Baltimore County Land Papers, MS 2648, contains plats, surveys, deeds, rental contracts, and court case documents concerning land in the Baltimore County area.
The Elenora Bowling Kane Dollhouse Album, MS 2987 contains ephemera and photographs of Kane's extensive dollhouse collection, compiled by Bradley Davis.
The Robert Ehrlich Inauguration Manuscript Collection, MS 3026, contains ephemera and documents related to the inauguration events for Governor Robert Ehrlich.
The Eastern High School Photograph Collection, PP298, contains photographs related to the activities of the high school. Several class photographs are included, as well as images of the school building’s exterior and interior.
The John Baker Account Book, MS 2760 contains entries regarding ground rent for properties in Baltimore on Conway Street.
The Amos Chesterfield Carr Account Book, MS 2808, contains account entries for produce and goods sold by the Carr farm in Waterbury (now Millersville), Maryland and hours worked by Carr and his employees on the farm, doing such work as potato digging and corn shucking. It also includes hours worked by Carr on outside construction projects.
The Anthony Gorton Manuscript Collection, MS 2809, contains contains documents related to Anthony Gorton’s work as a sea captain, including papers such as insurance claims, correspondence, and manifests.
04/16/15 - Greenfield Family Manuscript Collection now processed.
The Greenfield Family Manuscript Collection. MS 2980 contains correspondence between Greenfield family members which discuss religion, health, agriculture and politics. Multiple letters addressed to Samuel from his siblings, and later letters are addressed to Mary Elizabeth from her nieces and nephews.
The Brown Collection, 1967.11 consists of photographs taken by members of the Baltimore Camera Club between 1900 and 1918.The organization, founded in 1883, is the nation’s second oldest photography club..
The Baltimore Bicentennial Scrapbook, MS 2774, contains newspaper clippings and ephemera related to the celebrations.
The Baltimore Composers Ledger, MS 2641, containslist of composers active Baltimore. Some entries include titles of works written by the composer.
The Emily Spencer Hayden Photograph Collection, PP92, contains photographs taken by Hayden of her family, friends, and her home in Catonsville, Maryland, "Nancy's Fancy."
The Albert Zimmerman Manuscript Collection, MS 3171, contains papers related to Albert Zimmerman’s travels around the world to see the sights and investigate trade possibilities in the hardware manufacturing industry. This includes a travel diary and letters sent to his family in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Bureau of Recreation Photograph Collection, 1966.3, consists of photographs depicting activities sponsored by the Baltimore Bureau of Recreation, the Playground Athletic League, and the Children’s Playground Association from 1911 to 1936. The images encompass children from different ethnic and racial groups at parks, playgrounds, public schools, and public libraries engaged in various recreational and leisure time activities.
The Friedenwald Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3170, contains the correspondence of Moses and Jane Friedenwald to their family in Baltimore, Maryland. This primarily includes letters to Moses’ brother, Aaron Friedenwald, his wife Bertha, and their son Harry. Moses’ poor health dominates the earlier letters, in which he and Jane provide in-depth descriptions of his gallbladder and liver problems.
The Donald Reichle Photograph Collection, PP290 of photographs of historic structures in Maryland taken by Donald Reichle, a resident of Columbia, Maryland. Counties represented include: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Saint Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington. Images from Baltimore City, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, can also be found in the collection.
The Harry S. Scott Photograph Collection, PP297 contains photographs taken by Harry S. Scott of Baltimore City. Parks and open space in the city were Scott’s main subjects, but photographs of the Chesapeake Bay are also included.
The William N. Kolb, Jr. Photograph Collection, PP296, contains photographs of the Kolb family. It holds several portraits of family members, as well as photographs of places they visited and events they attended.
The Blanche Hungerford Latimer Photograph Collection, PP69, contains photographs taken by Latimer. Subjects range from scenes in New York City to portraits of her friends and family. The collection also includes her husband's, Walter R. Latimer, work on similar subjects. Other photographers represented in the collection are Paul L. Anderson, Alice Willet, Clarence H. White, and H. R. Neeson.
The Gustavus A. Dobler Collection, MS 3169, contains the journals of Gustavus A. Dobler, a Maryland State Senator, from 1861-1873. He discusses both personal and current events, such as his work in the paper industry and the Civil War.
The Jesse Tyson & Sons Records, MS 2371, contains documents relating to the family's business in the flour trade.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Collection, MS 2157 contains documents relating the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, primarily dealing with the creation of the Northwestern Virginia Railroad.
The Baden Papers, MS 2608, contain letters congratulating Richard T. Baden on his appointment to President of the National Association of Credit Men.
The Baltimore County Survey Memoranda Book, MS 2354 contains notes on properties in Baltimore County and their sruvey points and ownership, including land near Patapsco Road, Bark River, and Mount Hays.
The Baltimore City Historical Society is seeking submissions for the Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore's History for 2014. Deadline is February 16, 2015. Click here for entry information and further details.