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The Bard-Avon School Manuscript Collection, MS 2789, contains documents related the operations of the Bard-Avon School from 1922 to 1972.
The Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture Correspondence Collection, MS 2237, contains correspondence related to the acquisitions of rooms from Eltonhead Manor and Habre de Venture for the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The Nancy B. Waddell Girls Scout Collection, MS 2448, consists of reports of Nancy Waddell as County Director of the Girl Scouts in California from 1919-1920. The reports discuss forming new troops in different Californian cities and activities done by different troops, often related to war efforts during World War I.
The Baltimore Steam Packet Company Collection, MS 2622 contains correspondence and insurance policies for the Baltimore Steam Packet Company. Letters regarding free fare for the families of injured soldiers at Fort Monroe and bids to build a new steamer may be of particular interest.
The Baltimore City College Alumni Association Endowment Fund Papers, MS 2624 consists of a minute book of the Trustees of the Endowment Fund recording meeting minutes, and articles of incorporation, by-laws, financial records, and tax-exemption documents.
The Mary Virginia Randall Photograph Collection, PP190 consists of unidentified photographs, mostly cased, related to the Smith and Hickman families.
The Bay View Asylum Receipt Collection, MS 2532, contains receipts and cancelled checks for items purchased for the Bay View Asylum from 1866 to 1886.
The Homeland Photograph Collection, PP192 consists of 37 hand-colored photographs of Homeland, the Baltimore country estate of the Perine family, dating 1891, 1903 and 1920.
The William Duncan McKim Photograph Collection, PP186 consists of 138 photographs of members of the McKim family, including Lenora Jackson McKim and William Duncan McKim.
The Baltimore Marine Insurance Company Letterbook, MS 2214 contains copies of letters sent by the Baltimore Marine Insurance Company from January to June, 1866. The letters discuss claims made by merchants and captains for damage to their ships and cargo.
The Dorsey Family Land Patents Collection, MS 3164 is comprised primarily of land patents granted to the Dorsey family in Frederick County, Maryland during the 1750’s.
The Grishington Jones Photograph Collection, PP187 consists of 85 photographs relating to Baltimore born Grishington Spicer Jones, Sr. (1802-1879/80) and his descendants.
The Bertha Wooden Photograph Collection, PP185 include portraits of members of the Yoe, Wack, Kalben and Wooden families ca. 1890-1900 and views from around the state, including Baltimore and Western Maryland.
The Lydia Howard De Roth Photograph Collection, PP180 consists of photographs, printed ephemera, and prints relating to the De Roth, De Ford, Morris, and Howard families.
The Ruth and De Coursey Families Photograph Collection, PP181 consists of photographs relating to the Ruths, Nelsons, De Courseys, Phipps and other families, ca.1850‑1940's.
The Anne Margeretta Tilghman Marye Photograph Collection, PP182 consists of photographs of the Tilghman, Shreve, and Harrison families, ca 1890s – 1910.
The Berry, Edwards, Mattingly Families Photograph Collection, PP183 consists of photographs, and related items connected with the Berry, Edwards, and Mattingly families, ca 1850-1890.
The Cherry Hill Farm Photograph Album, PP184 consists of photographs from the “Shorthorn Field Day and Type Conference” sponsored by the Maryland Shorthorn Breeders’ Association held at Cherry Hill Farm on October 1, 1945.
The J. Reaney Kelly Historic Houses Photograph Collection, PP196 contains photographs of historic Maryland houses ca. 1890-1972, assembled by J. Reaney Kelly.
The Bernard Shapiro Photograph Collection, PP197 consists of nine photographs relating to the brothers Bernard and Joseph Shapiro and their recycling company, S. Shapiro & Sons.
The Joshua Fitze Photograph Collection, PP198 consists of photographic prints made from glass negatives taken by Joshua P. Fitze of Reisterstown, Maryland.
The Aileen Dannenburg Photograph Collection, PP199 consists of photographs of various Baltimore landmarks.
The Baltimore City College Commencement Program Collection, MS 3162 contains the school's commencement programs dating from 1982 to 2007.
The Alonzo J. May Photograph Collection, PP172 contains the photographs related to May’s “Men and Women of the Stage” and “Dramatic Encyclopedia of Baltimore, 1750-1904,” which document the history of theater in the Mid-Atlantic. The collection illustrates the places and people written about in May’s books.
The new finding aid to the John Eager Howard Papers, MS 469, provides a folder-level inventory of the collection. The collection is an artificial collection of various Howard family papers, centering around, but not limited to, Col. John Eager Howard, the Patriot.
The Souvenir Album of the General Assembly of Maryland, 1898 Session, PP47 consists of 13 photographs of the Maryland State House and members of the General Assembly of Maryland
The McHenry Howard Photograph Collection, PP171 consists of 3 albums of 133 photographs related to McHenry Howard. Includes photographs of his summer home in Oakland, Md and the surrounding area, Urye, and photographs of unidentified people, possibly family members.
The Langenheim Brothers Stereograph Collection, PP6 consists of 13 glass stereographs from the 1850s created by Langenheim Brothers, a Philadelphia based Photography Company.
The Maryland Silversmiths Photograph Collection, PP211 consists of 18 negatives of photographs of silverware used in Maryland Silversmiths, 1715-1830, by J. Hall Pleasants and Howard Sill, published in 1930.
The Benjamin J. Dashiell Photograph Collection, PP212 consists of 30 photographs related to Benjamin J. Dashiell (1867-1943).
The Episcopo Collection of Carte de Visites, PP213 consists of nineteenth century carte de visites taken by Maryland area photographers collected by the donor.
The Zepp Baltimore Fire Photograph Collection, PP214 consists of copy photographs taken by Elmer and/or Simon Zepp, showing the aftermath of the 1904 Baltimore Fire.
The Jesse Slingluff Photograph Collection, PP207 consists of photographs collected by First Lieutenant Jesse Slingluff during his service with the 5th Maryland Regiment, U.S. Volunteers, National Guard prior to and during the Spanish-American War.
The Brunt Family Photograph Collection, PP208 consists of photographs of members of Brunt, Riepe, and Carpmail families.
The Montebello-Druid Conduit Photograph Collection, PP209 consists of four albums of photographs relating to the 1930s construction of the Montebello‑Druid Conduit, including Baltimore rowhouse neighborhoods Charles Village, Remington, and Waverly.
The Katherine Poole Photograph Collection, PP210 consists of nineteenth century photographs taken by Maryland area photographers collected by the donor.
The Captain Benjamin Jenne Papers, MS 1328 contains the business papers of Captain Benjamin Jenne. The materials represent the typical paperwork of the import and export business, such as bills of lading, invoices, and insurance claims.
The Ladies Relief of the Free Summer Excursion Society Manuscript Collection, MS 3161, contains annual reports for the Free Summer Excursion Society and a minute book for the Ladies Relief.
The Benjamin Williams Manuscript Collection, MS 3160 consists of the correspondence of Benjamin Williams. He frequently wrote to his sister, Susanna Williams, regarding his work, health, and family matters.
The Benjamin Chew Howard Manuscript Collection, MS 3159, includes correspondence from Benjamin Chew Howard to his wife, Jane Gilmor Howard, in which he recounts his work on legal cases and matters in Congress. The letters give detailed accounts of Howard’s daily life.
The Calvert Family Papers, MS 3157 includes a letter from Charles Calvert to Benedict Calvert regarding recently acquired property, February 18, 1745/6, a letter from Charles Steuart to Rosalie Webster discussing Calvert family genealogy, March 13, 1881, a list of Calvert property sold at auction in 1903, and a genealogy of the Calvert family written by Rosalie Webster.
The Forrest Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3158 contains correspondence between Forrest family members, which discuss health, travel, and schooling. Multiple letters from Moreau Forrest to his wife, Mary Leeke Dashiell Robinson Forrest, relate his work as a United States Marshal.
8/1/2014 - Two photograph collections now available to researchers.
The Linda Burger Photograph Collection, PP205 contains photographs related to the Duval (Duvall) family, including images of members who served in Maryland Military Regiments.
The William Maisel Photograph Collection, PP206 contains photographs of various construction projects in Maryland including the Calvert Distillation Company, Hutzler Brothers Company, and the Hospital for Women of Maryland in Baltimore City.
The S.S. Esso Hartford Photograph Album, PP292 includes photographs of the christening and launch of the ship built by the Bethlehem Steel Company at Sparrows Point in Baltimore on June 6, 1942.
The Ship Models Exhibition Photograph Album, PP293 is a photographic catalog of an exhibition of models and pictures of ships by the Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society that ran from December, 1924 to January, 1925. Includes models and paintings owned by the Maryland Historical Society and those lent to the institution for the exhibit.
The Ferguson Family Album Collection, PP200 consists of two albums of photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera related to the Ferguson family of Baltimore.
The Spencer D. Boblitz Photograph Album, PP201 contains photographs of the Baltimore Fire of 1904 and unidentified people and places.
The William Warthen Photograph Collection, PP202 contains 7 photographs relating to Dr. William Warthen’s tenure on the staff of the Baltimore City Health Department.
The Edwin F. Greene Photograph Collection, PP203 contains 11 photographs related to Captain Edwin F. Greene, a master of the Baltimore coffee fleet in the late 19th-early 20th century.
The Crawford-Frost Photograph Collection, PP204 contains photographs related to the Crawford–Frost family of Maryland.
The Emily Stone Barton Brune Manuscript Collection, MS 2877 contains correspondence of Brune, her husband, Frederick William Brune, and other members of their family. The letters primarily discuss personal matters, such as travel arrangements, school, and health. Some of the letters discuss church-related affairs and personal beliefs.
The Brenton Family Papers, MS 3072, contains correspondence between members of the Brenton family, including Alfred Brenton, Francis John Brenton, and Jane Grainger Brenton. The letters discuss the health and wellbeing of family members, as well as the political climate in Baltimore. Letters from Alfred to his brother, Francis, discuss the Know-Nothing riots. Also included is a surveyors' certificate for damages to Francis' barque, Ricot, and a chapter from a family history written by Maja M. Hess.
The Tobacco Ephemera Collection, GG1 contains trade cards and advertisements related to tobacco companies.
The George W. Dobbin Photograph Collection, PP175 contains 251 images from the collection of George Washington Dobbin, a lawyer, judge, founding member of the Maryland Historical Society, and amateur photographer. The majority of the photographs in the collection are stereoviews, with most created by Dobbin.
The McNeal, Watters, Preston and Munnikhuysen Photograph Collection, PP223 consists of 103 items, primarily undated photographs of various members of the aforementioned families.
6/16/14 - Mrs. W. Wallace Symington Ephemera Collection fully processed and available
The Mrs. W. Wallace Symington Ephemera Collection, MS 3096 consists of miscellaneous print ephemera relating to various Baltimore cultural institutions and organizations. The majority of the items are publications from Baltimore organizations, institutions, colleges, and invitations personally sent to Mrs. Symington. Organizations represented include the Baltimore Opera Company, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage, GBMC, John Hopkins University and Hospital, the Lyric Opera House, the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Maryland Historical Society, the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Pride of Baltimore, the Walters Art Gallery, and more.
An additional 1500 prints and negatives have been processed and added to the Robert Kniesche Photograph Collection, PP79. The collection now consists of over 6,000 photographs taken by Robert Kniesche over the course of his career as a professional photographer, primarily with The Baltimore Sun newspaper.
The Maryland Iron Furnaces Photograph Collection, PP228, contains almost forty images of iron furnaces. Michael Warren Robbins photographed the remaining above-ground structures of the Antietam, Catoctin, Gunpowder River, Nassawango, and Principio furnaces.
The Patapsco River Valley Photograph Collection, PP227, contains over 60 images of different views of the Patapsco River Valley across the state of Maryland.
The Dr. Charles F. Elvers Photograph Collection, PP218, contains over 60 images of Elvers, his airplane, aviation events, and trips around the Western United States and Mexico.
The Italian American Families Photograph Collection, PP219 features over thirty images of the Italian American community in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Bayard Papers, MS 109 consists mainly of last will and testaments, land papers, business (political) papers, and correspondence of the Bayard, Eager and Howard families.
5/27/14 - Transportation Ephemera Collection now inventoried.
The Transportation Ephemera Collection, X1-X5, contains items, such as tickets, schedules, souvenirs, and brochures, for many transportation companies, including the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company, and various local railways.
The Maritime Ephemera Collection, J1, contains items, such as tickets, time tables, and advertisements for various ships, steamship lines, and other maritime-related industries and organizations.
The William C. Steuart Photograph Collection, PP75, contains over 600 images of sail and steam ships and scenes of the Baltimore waterfront, as well as related ephemera.
The Charles J. and Ellen C. Bonaparte Collection, MS 3152, contains their correspondence with Ellen’s cousin, Mabel B. Whitney and her husband, Dr. David E. Wheeler. The letters discuss family matters, including travel arrangements and health.
The Otto Kamberger Theater Ephemera Collection, MS 3153 contains ephemera related to Otto Kamberger’s theatrical enterprises in Brunswick Maryland. There are also items related to other Maryland theaters and theatrical events.
The Jay Family Photograph Collection, PP257 contains 9 photographs of members of the Jay, Hood and Griffith family and one image of Maryland actor Edwin Booth.
The Maryland Historical Society’s poster collection consists of over 1300 posters from the 20thcentury and early 21st century. These range from propaganda posters, advertisements for cultural events in Baltimore and Maryland, political campaign posters, and more. The bulk of the posters in the collection are World War I and World War II era propaganda posters.
The Maryland State Board of Health Photograph Collection, PP259 consists of one box of eight, 8x 10 inch black and white portraits of members of the Maryland State Board of Health. Terms of service span the years 1932 to 1961.
The Paint and Powder Club Photograph Collection, PP195 contains photographs related to the Paint and Powder Club, an amateur theatrical club that performed original musical shows for charity. Organized in 1893 as a men's club, women were admitted in 1938.
The Charcoal Club Photograph and Ephemera Collection, PP288 contains photographs and ephemera related to the Charcoal Club, Baltimore’s famous and long running arts club established in 1883. The club’s annual “Bal des Arts” was a celebrated social and artistic event in Baltimore.
The Ezekiel Haynie Photograph Collection, PP289 contains 6 photographs related to Princess Anne physician Ezekiel Haynie (1770-1799) and the Haynie and Done Families of Maryland.
The James Doyle Print Collection contains etchings and prints created by Baltimore artist James Doyle. Doyle worked for various newspapers including the Baltimore Sun and theBaltimore News and was active in the Charcoal Club, Baltimore’s renowned arts club established in 1883.
The Worthington Family Papers, MS 3151 contains land deeds related to the Worthington family’s holdings in Baltimore County, Maryland.
The Martha Noyes Photograph Collection, PP253 contains 32 photographs related to Marcia Noyes (1869-1946), librarian for over fifty years at the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland (MedChi).
The Saint-Memin Print Collection consists of more than 250 portraits created by French engraver Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Mémin. The items span the years 1796-1809.
The Joseph St. Lawerence Print Collection contains 36 prints and other items created by Baltimore artist Joseph St. Lawrerence. Much of the works are portraits and figures, often nudes, based on biblical and mythological sources. St. Lawerence, an essentially self-taught printer, sculptor, and painter, was one of the first to make use of dry-plate lithography invented by Baltimore printer Harry Gipe in the 1960s.
The Medium Print Collection includes over 600 depictions of events, people, and places important to Maryland’s history. Lithographs, woodcuts, newspaper images, and advertisements represent just some of the various print formats contained in this collection. Images of famous houses, portraits, Baltimore city views, and Civil War fortifications and camps are particular strengths of the collection.
The Harry Hughes Gubernatorial Campaign Photograph Collection, PP287 contains photographs related to Maryland Governor Harry Hughes gubernatorial campaign and inauguration in 1978 -1979.
The Benjamin Henry Latrobe Collection, MS 1638 contains correspondence, diaries, journals, accounts, newspaper clippings, and sketches all relating to Latrobe’s family and work in architecture and design.
The Theodore R. McKeldin Photograph Collection, PP286 contains photographs from the personal collection of Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin (1970 -1974). The majority of the images were taken during McKeldin’s term as Governor (1951-1959) and his two terms as Mayor (1943-1947; 1963-1967).
The Mitchell Fur Company Scrapbook (MS 3149) contains photographs and newspaper clippings related to the opening of the Mitchell Fur Company's store in the Loch Raven Shopping Center at Loch Raven and Taylor Avenue in the Baltimore suburbs.
The manuscript of "Baltimore Steamboats, 1813-1954" (MS 3150) by William Calvert Steuart contains information about the various Chesapeake Bay steamboat lines that operated out of Baltimore, such as years of operation, company nicknames, etc. and descriptions of Baltimore-based steamers, including size, tonnage, ownership, and major events.
The Katherine M. Chin Collection (MS 3148) contains documents relating to Katherine and Calvin Chin's involvement in the Asian American community in Maryland. Materials highlight their work to strengthen business relations between Maryland and Asian countries, especially China, as well as educate Marylanders about Asian culture.
The Levin James Colston collection (MS 3147) contains manifests, receipts, and correspondence related to his shipping business.
The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Historic Houses Photograph Collection, PP 285 contains photographs of historic houses in Maryland from the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, a non profit organization that has provided tours of historic homes in Maryland since its founding in 1930. Close to 200 houses are represented in the collection including many that that are on the National Register of historic places such as the Hammond-Harwood House and Chase Lloyd House in Annapolis, Tulip Hill in Anne Arundel County, Wye House in Talbot County, and Doughoregan Manor in Howard County.