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The Acosta, Moulton, Ridgely Family Papers (MS 3120) contain personal and financial documents of these and many other important Maryland families. A majority of the records pertain to business conducted in England on behalf of these families. Letters between business partners and account records compose a large portion of the collection, but some personal materials, such as photographs of Hampton taken by John Ridgely and letters from Benjamin Galloway to his father Samuel, are also included.
"Early Baltimore Chinese Families," by Lillian Lee Kim (MS 2238) chronicles the first Chinese families to live in the city and includes the author's recollections on growing up in Baltimore.
The Peale/BCLM Works on Paper consists of a veriety of material, including, but not limited to, pamphlets, clippings, tickets, and prints, related to Maryland history, collected by the now-closed museum. An inventory of the items sized 8x10 has been completed and is now available online here.
The logbooks document the journey of the ship Isabella from Canton, China to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1829 and brig Consort from Philadelphia to San Francisco, Ca. in 1850. Other nautical materials are also a part of the collection (MS 3112).
The Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe collection (MS 1758) focuses primarily on Latrobe’s attempt to receive compensation under the French Spoliation Claims for losses incurred to her father. The bulk of the correspondence reflects this work, and the collection also includes several petitions to Congress from Alexander Mactier, regarding the property loss. View the finding aid here.
The Colonel John Barry collection (MS 3119) portrays his experience as an artillerist, who fought at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The papers include certificates, correspondence, and family history, as well as a letter from General Winfield Scott.
The Lydia Howard de Roth collection (MS 1906) documents her experience as an air raid warden during World War II.
The Baltimore City Buildings Photograph Collection (PP236) shows Baltimore’s city buildings from 1926-1927, including views of City Hall, fire and police stations, municipal markets, Enoch Pratt Free Library branches, monuments, parks, public squares, city waterworks and more. It is comprised of approximately 2900 3”x5” prints and negatives of city owned buildings taken for the Commission on Efficiency and Economy.
The Children's Fresh Air Society of Maryland Collection (MS 3093) consists of correspondence, administrative records, and financial material of the Fresh Air Society of Baltimore during the first half of the 20th century.
The John A. Courtney, World War Two Collection (MS 3116) holds personal histories, ephemera, and photographs of the members of the 2nd Division, 1st Battalion, 5th Naval District, U.S. Naval Reserve, who served in the Panama and the Pacific theater of World War II.