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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!
The William M. Andersen World War I collection (MS 3140) contains documents relating to Andersen's service with the Quartermaster Corps during World War I.
The Diary of Frank Rush Webb (MS 3141) chronicles the composer's time at the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, Ohio during 1877. This diary fills in some of the gaps in MS 1015, the Frank Rush Webb diaries collection.
Two collections, PP283, N. Louise Young Photograph Collection and MS 3137, N. Louise Young Manuscript Collection, related to Dr. N. Louise Young, the first practicing female African-American physician in Maryland are now processed.
The George Blakiston World War II collection (MS 3139) contains letters from Captain George Blakiston to his friend, William Hughlett Naylor from 1942 to 1944 about his military service in World War II.
The Shoemaker Family Printed Ephemera Collection, MS 3138 consists of cards and invitations collected by the Shoemaker Family of Baltimore. The Shoemaker family gained local and national notoriety as partners and owners in the Adam’s Express Company.
The Arthur D. Gans Magician Ephemera collection (MS 3136) contains ephemera related to professional, semi-professional, and amateur magicians collected by Gans. The majority of the materials in this collection are business cards and letterheads from magicians who Gans met and corresponded with. Programs for various performances across the country and internationally are also included.
The Alexander Hamilton Papers (MS 1301) consist of materials relating Alexander Hamilton’s work in the tobacco trade between Maryland and Glasgow, Scotland. Hamilton worked as a tobacco factor in Port Tobacco and Piscataway, Maryland for Glasgow, Scotland-based trading firms. He served several firms operated by the “Tobacco Lords” of Glasgow, including those of James Brown, John Brown, and John Glassford, for which he purchased tobacco from Maryland growers to be sold across Europe.
The Morris Ames Soper collection (MS 3121) contains material related to the personal and professional life of Judge Morris Ames Soper (1873-1963). The 282 box collection illuminates a judicial career that spanned more than a half-century and features Soper's work with many other prominent Marylanders. To learn more about the collection, visit our blog. Until this collection is fully processed it may only be accessed after receiving permission from special collections staff.
The Baltimore City College Photograph Collection, PP278 contains almost 3000 photographs of the school dating from 1868-1988. The Baltimore City College Ephemera Collection, MS 3131 contains documents and ephemera relating to alumni activities, sports, clubs, and more. The Baltimore City College-Baltimore Polytechnic Institute 100th Game Manuscript Collection, MS 3135 contains materials realted to to the 100th Anniversary City-Poly football game held in 1988.
The Despeaux-Mitchell Photograph and Manuscript Collection, PP282 contains photographs and manuscript items related to various Maryland families: Despeauxs, Gores, Mitchells, Steens, and Ecclestons. There are also materials related to the world War II army service of James I. Mitchell.
The Clayton-Evans Family Papers, MS 3097 consists of documents related to the Clayton-Evans families of Eastern Maryland and Northern Delaware.The collection also includes journals from prominent war figures like Amos Evans, Surgeon Gen. of the USS Constitution.
The Wilmer-Hoffman-Deford Photograph Collection, PP281 and the Wilmer-Hoffman-Deford Manuscript Collection, MS 3079 contain photographs and manuscript materials related to Maryland families including the Wilmers, Hoffmans, Defords, Dallams, Welds, and De Silles.
The Bonaparte Book Collection, MS 3134 contains books from the personal libraries of Elizabeth Patterson Bonapart, her son Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, and other members of the Bonaparte family. Many have autographs and annotations.
Cheston-Chew account book collection (MS 3133) contains account books related to the personal and business finances of the Cheston and Chew families.
The Cohen Family Papers collection (MS 3132) consists of documents relating to several members of the Cohen family collected by Margaret Cohen. It includes material connected to Jacob I., Israel I., Colonel Mendes, Joshua I., Harriett, and Catharine Cohen.
The United States Sanitary Commission photograph collection (PP279) contains photographs related to the Commission's activities during the Civil War.
The Sanford Family Photograph Collection (PP280) consists of 19 photographs and other items mostly related to John L. Sanford Jr. and Sr. John L. Sanford Jr. was States Attorney for Worcester County, Md in the 1950s-60s.
The St. Mary's Govans Catholic Church and Cemetery record books collection (MS 3130) contains two record books kept by St. Mary's Govans Catholic Church and Cemetery of burials and graveyard expenses.
The Julius Sangston Clarke Carte de Visite Collection (PP272) consists of two boxes of 141 Carte de Visites, ca 1860s. There are portraits of civil war generals, as well unidentified portraits.