Library News & Updates

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09/22/16 - Two manuscript collections now available to researchers.

09/17/16 - John McGrath Print Collection now processed and available

08/25/16 - Two collections of stereoview photographs are now processed and available

08/24/16 - Chamber of Commerce Photograph Collection now available

08/19/16 - Two collections now open to researchers.

08/17/16 - Waldon Photograph Collection now available

08/11/16 - Byron C. Hall, Jr. Young Americans for Freedom Manuscript Collection now available.

08/04/16 - Ephemera: Calendars now inventoried and available

08/03/16 - Larry Kamanitz Collection now processed and available

07/28/16 - Elbert Kenneth Saxmann Photograph Collection now open to researchers. 

07/27/16 - Elbert Kenneth Saxmann Manuscript Collection now processed. 

07/09/16 - New photograph collection and updated finding aid available for researchers. 

07/06/16 - New material added to National League of American Pen Women collection. 

07/05/16 - Gilman-Paul Family Photograph Collection now open to researchers. 

07/02/16 - John Gilman D'Arcy Paul Manuscript Collection now processed. 

07/01/16 - Ephemera: Menus now inventoried and available

06/24/16 - Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection now available

06/15/16 - Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency Photograph Collection now available

06/15/16 - BCLM, Works on Paper, 11 x 14 now inventoried and available

06/08/16 - Large and Oversize Print Collection inventories now available. 

06/04/16 - Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper Collection now available

05/23/16 - Lowe Family Genealogical Collection now open to researchers. 

05/20/16 - Barney-Bonnycastle Photograph Collection now available. 

05/16/16 - Commodore Joshua Barney Manuscript Collection now processed. 

04/27/16 - Erma Davis Bates Print Collection available

04/26/16 - Hill Collection of Stereoviews available

04/22/16 - Small Print-Subject Collection now available

04/15/16 - New finding aids available for Eubie Blake collection

03/03/16 - Ephemera: Non-Maryland Business & Manufacturers now inventoried and available

02/23/16 - Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation Photograph Collection now processed and available

02/19/16 - David Bailie Warden Manuscript Collection now processed. 

02/16/16 - John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection now open to researchers. 

02/13/16 - Ephemera: Maryland State Government now inventoried and available

02/09/16 - Nursery and Child's Hospital Photograph Collection now open to researchers. 

02/08/16 - Nursery and Child's Hospital Manuscript Collection now available. 

01/28/16 - Kemp Family Manuscript Collection now available to researchers. 

01/15/16 - Ephemera: Lottery Tickets and Advertisements now inventoried and available

01/08/16 - Somerset County Prayer Book now available to the public.

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09/22/16 - Two manuscript collections now available to researchers.

The Woman's Eastern Shore Society Records, 1926-2007, MS 3189, spans from 1926, the charter year of the society, to 2007, and includes financial and membership records, as well as meeting minutes and scrapbooks documenting the group’s activities.

The "Information: Port of Baltimore," 1920, MS 3190, contains information on the history and function of the Port of Baltimore. 

09/17/16 - John McGrath Print Collection now processed and available

The John McGrath Print Collection consists of etchings, prints, ephemera, and other materials related to Baltimore artist John McGrath (1998-1942) McGrath was president of the Charcoal Club, the famous Baltimore arts club established in 1883.

08/25/16 - Two collections of stereoview photographs are now processed and available

The Keystone View Company Stereoview Collection, PP311 contains 557 stereovews taken by the Pennsylvania based Keystone View Company of various scenes from  around the world.

The Lehr Collection of Stereoviews, PP312 contains 237 stereoviews and cabinet cards depicting various landscapes, people, and decorative objects from the United States, Europe, and Asia.

08/24/16 - Chamber of Commerce Photograph Collection now available

The Chamber of Commerce Photograph Collection, 1966.6, consists of 282 photographs from the files of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. Subjects include Charles Center, the Baltimore Civic Center, Preston Gardens, the Holiday Inn on Lombard Street, and political events featuring Baltimore mayors Phillip Goodman, Thomas D’Alesandro, and Theodore R. McKeldin. 

08/19/16 - Two collections now open to researchers.

The William A. Cornbrooks Photograph Album, ca. 1899, PP318, contains photographs taken by William A. Cornbrooks of his life and travels. This includes photographs of sites in Maryland, New York, Rock Island, Illinois, and Wilmington, Delaware in particular.

The Margaret Howard Cookbook, ca. 1800-1850, MS 3188, contains the will of Margaret Howard and a manuscript cookbook, possibly owned by Howard, which includes various recipes for cakes, breads, and more.

08/17/16 - Waldon Photograph Collection now available

The Waldon Photograph Collection, PP317 contains 66 photographs, primarily of African-Americans, both identified and unidentified. Surnames include Waldon, Perkins, Groom, Huddle, Sims, Dorsey, Mackey and others. One item of note is a portrait of L.M. Sgt. Albert B. Clarkson, a member of the U.S. Army 10th Cavalry, the original Buffalo Soldier regiment, ca 1918.

08/11/16 - Byron C. Hall, Jr. Young Americans for Freedom Manuscript Collection now available.

The Byron C. Hall, Jr. Young Americans for Freedom Manuscript Collection, 1960-1980, MS 3187 contains papers related to Byron C. Hall Jr.’s involvement in the Maryland chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. These records include materials, such as administrative files, newsletters, and correspondence, and generally date from the period that Hall was chairman of the chapter.

08/04/16 - Ephemera: Calendars now inventoried and available

Ephemera: Calendars includes calendars published by business companies dating from 1776-2012.

08/03/16 - Larry Kamanitz Collection now processed and available

The Larry Kamanitz Collection, MS 3186 contains manuscript items, photographs, and ephemera related to anti-Vietnam War efforts and 1960s political culture. There are also prints by Baltimore political activist and artist Thomas Lewis, a member of the Baltimore Four and Catonsville Nine.

07/28/16 - Elbert Kenneth Saxmann Photograph Collection now open to researchers. 

The Elbert Kenneth Saxmann Photograph Collection, 1942-1969, PP315, contains photographs taken by or pertaining to Elbert K. Saxmann’s life.

07/27/16 - Elbert Kenneth Saxmann Manuscript Collection now processed. 

The Elbert Kenneth Saxmann Manuscript Collection, 1926-1963, MS 3101, contains documents and ephemera relating to the life of Cpl. Elbert K. Saxmann, focusing primarily upon World War II. 

07/09/16 - New photograph collection and updated finding aid available for researchers. 

The Bard Avon School Photograph and Ephemera Collection, 1939-1964, PP314, contains ephemera and photographs related to the Bard-Avon School from 1939-1964.The Bard-Avon Secretarial School was an all women’s trade school founded in 1892 by Miss Laura May Haughwout. The School was located at 805 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. The school offered two main programs for women to pursue: Secretarial work and Radio art & Broadcast; there were also at least two recreational programs: fencing and theater.

The finding aid to the World War II Collection has been updated to include new materials. The collection contains materials compiled by the World War II Records Division of the Maryland Historical Society. These materials include civilian and military documents, 1910-1970.

07/06/16 - New material added to National League of American Pen Women collection.

The National League of American Pen Women, Baltimore Branch Collection, 1921-1996, MS 1892 contains the records and scrapbooks of the Baltimore Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Members were asked to submit annual reports of achievements - their publications, awards, exhibitions, sale of works of art, performances of musical compositions, etc.

07/05/16 - Gilman-Paul Family Photograph Collection now open to researchers. 

The Gilman-Paul Family Photograph Collection, 1866-1967, PP313 contains photographs of the Gilman and Paul families and relatives.

07/02/16 - John Gilman D'Arcy Paul Manuscript Collection now processed. 

The John Gilman D'Arcy Paul Manuscript Collection, MS 3108, 1805-1969, contains the papers of John Gilman D’Arcy Paul. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence between Paul and his mother, Charlotte Abbott Gilman Paul.The correspondence covers the periods when he was away from Baltimore for school, work, and travel. In his letters, he vividly described the people he met and places he visited and was seldom shy in sharing his opinion. The letters from his time in the employ of the United States government discussed the major issues of the time, as well the major players. Locations represented in these letters include Massachusetts, Maine, Guatemala, France, Holland, Cambodia, and more.

07/01/16 - Ephemera: Menus now inventoried and available

The Ephemera: Menus collection consists of Menus and winelists of dinners given for famous persons and/or dinners given by organizations

06/24/16 - Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection now available

The Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection consists 137 glass and film negatives, depicting life in Baltimore in the first half of the 20th century. topics include the Harris family, home interiors and exteriors, construction sites, businesses and cityscapes of Baltimore during World War II. Most are unidentified. Identified locations include Towson Court House, Maryland Academy of Sciences, War Memorial Plaza, and Mt. Vernon Methodist Church.

06/15/16 - Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency Photograph Collection now available

The Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency Photograph Collection consists of 225 images taken by Maryland photographer Marion E. Warren between 1962 and 1970. The images provide excellent architectural views and street scenes of neighborhoods in downtown Baltimore which have since been demolished. They include blocks razed for the Charles Center project and areas west of Baltimore’ Inner Harbor which late gave way to urban renewal.

06/15/16 - BCLM, Works on Paper, 11 x 14 now inventoried and available

The BCLM, Works on Paper, 11x14 collection contains over 775 prints, newspaper clippings, ephemera and other printed materials dating from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century.

06/08/16 - Large and Oversize Print Collection inventories now available. 

The Large Print Collection contains over 250 depictions of people, places, and events. Etchings, lithographs, and drawings represent just some of the print formats included in the collection. These prints vary in size but are no larger than 24 x 36 inches. The prints are organized alphabetically by subject. Advertisements, Baltimore views, and Civil War prints are particular strengths of the collection.

The Oversize Print Collection holds over 75 lithographs, etchings, drawings, and other media illustrating Maryland’s historical people, events, and places. These prints vary in size but are primarily larger than 24 x 36 inches. The collection includes several prints of Baltimore views and locations. The prints are arranged alphabetically by subject.

06/04/16 - Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper Collection now available

The Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper Collection, MS 3185 contains issues of the Baltimore Chronicle, a free monthly alternative newspaper serving the Baltimore Community published by Larry Krause. The paper specialized in “airing different points of view on local as well as national issues” with a particular focus on “controversial stories that some of the bigger newspapers in town tend to overlook.” The collection contains nearly the entire run of issues from 1973 to 2002, before the paper transitioned to an online publication in 2003.

05/23/26 - Lowe Family Genealogical Collection now open to researchers. 

The Lowe Family Genealogical Collection, MS 3106, 1895-1997, contains extensive genealogical research on Lowe (Low) and associated families, includes manuscript of "Lowe Family Genealogy," compiled by Charles Ellet Rieman and edited by Joseph Rieman McIntosh (CS71.L913 1990) and some additional material.

05/20/16 - Barney-Bonnycastle Photograph Collection now available. 

The Barney-Bonnycastle Family Photograph Collection, PP310, ca. 1815-ca. 1920, contains photographs, primarily cartes des visites and cabinet cards, of Commodore Joshua Barney’s relatives and descendants, including the Bonnycastle, Yoe, Harrison, and White families.

05/16/16 - Commodore Joshua Barney Manuscript Collection now processed. 

The Commodore Joshua Barney Manuscript Collection, MS 3168, 1711-1978, contains the papers of Joshua Barney and his descendants. This includes correspondence, financial documents, land records, business papers, military service records, and more. Commodore Joshua Barney, widely regarded as a naval war hero, served in both the American Revolution and War of 1812. His command of the Chesapeake Flotilla during the War of 1812 helped propel the Americans to victory over the British.

04/27/16 - Erma Davis Bates Print Collection available.

The Erma Davis Bates Collection consists of etchings by Lutherville artist Erma Davis Bates. Images include the Washington Monument, Homewood House, and Goucher College when it was located on St.Paul and 23rd Street in Baltimore.

04/26/16 - Hill Collection of Stereoviews available.

The Hill Collection of Stereoviews, PP309 consists of 35 Stereoviews of various Maryland and Baltimore scenes, dating from ca 1860 – 1910s.  Views include Druid Hill Park, Barnum’s Hotel, The Peabody Institute, harbor views and U.S. Naval Academy. There are also 3 cabinet cards of unidentified people.

04/22/16 - Small Print-Subject Collection now available.

The Small Print-Subject Collection consists of over 1,300 advertisements, woodcuts, etchings, drawings, newspaper images, newspaper clippings, small booklets, and other items.

04/15/16 - New finding aids available for Eubie Blake collection.

The Eubie Blake Collection, consisiting of coorespondence, photographs, ephemera, and other items has been reinventoried and new more detailed finding aids have been created:

Eubie Blake Photograph Collection, PP301

Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection, MS 2800

03/03/16 - Ephemera: Non-Maryland Business & Manufacturers now inventoried and available.

Three boxes of Non-Maryland Business & Manufacturers is available

02/23/16 - Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation Photograph Collection now processed and available.

The Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation Photograph Collection contains over 2400 photographs of buildings in various Baltimore neighborhoods, including Seton Hill, Bolton Hill, Union Square, Dickeyville, and others primarily in West Baltimore. The photographs were taken in the 1960s as part of an architectural survey of neighborhoods by CHAP.

02/19/16 - David Bailie Warden Manuscript Collection now processed. 

The David Bailie Warden Manuscript Collection, MS 3184, 1812-1843, contains letters to David Bailie Warden from John Rodman, Peter Stephen Du Ponceau, and Jared Sparks. These letters discuss politics, such as United States political appointments in France and the War of 1812, literature, and literary and philosophical societies.

02/16/16 - John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection now open to researchers. 

The John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection, MS 3183, 1846-2007, contains correspondence from John Stratton Gilman to his brother Eliphalet Gilman. The letters discuss family matters as well as their business in the iron industry.

02/13/16 - Ephemera: Maryland State Government now inventoried and available

Four boxes of Maryland State Government related ephemera including materials on Maryland Day, Maryland anniversaries (tercentary, etc.), Maryland State Archives, Maryland State Fair, Maryland Department of Economic Development (tourism), Maryland Homecoming Week (excluding Maryland).

02/09/16 - Nursery and Child's Hospital Photograph Collection now open to researchers. 

The Nursery and Child's Hospital Collection, PP308, ca. 1880-1960 contains photographs of the buildings and children at the Nursery and Child’s Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

02/08/16 - Nursery and Child's Hospital Manuscript Collection now available. 

The Nursery and Child's Hospital Manuscript Collection, MS 3180, 1879-1970, contains the records of the Nursery and Child’s Hospital, including Board of Directors meeting minutes, patient rosters, and financial documents, which show the evolution of the hospital’s function and treatment styles over the years. 

01/28/16 - Kemp Family Manuscript Collection now available to researchers. 

The Kemp Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3181, contains the correspondence and financial, legal, and genealogical records of the Kemp family, especially that of Thomas and John W. Kemp.

01/15/16 - Ephemera: Lottery Tickets and Advertisements now inventoried and available

1 box of lottery tickets and advertisements dating from 1763-1997 has recently been inventoried and is available through our Ephemera Collections page.

01/08/16 - Somerset County Prayer Book now available to the public.

The Somerset County Prayer Book, MS 3179, contains prayer book "for the use of Somersett-​Parish in Somersett County in the Province of Mary-land by William Stoughton."

 

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