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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 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.
The Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen collection (MS 3144) primarily contains correspondence written to Rebecca Shippen, as well as ephemera saved by the family. Shippen was a prominent member of Baltimore society, most known for her participation in the Brown Veil Club.
The Frank H. Robinson collection (MS 3143) contains various items collected by the donor, Frank H. Robinson.
PP254, Louis A.M. Krause Photograph Collection contains photographs related to Baltimore Dr. Louis Krause's personal and professional life. Krause worked at many Baltimore hospitals including Provident Hospital, and was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.
The Caleb Winslow Collection (MS 3142) contains various passes and permissions for Dr. Winslow in Virginia and North Carolina during the Civil War. Winslow was a prominent family physician who practiced in North Carolina and Baltimore, Maryland.
Robert W. Wayland Collection (MS 3145) contains correspondence and ephemera related to Robert W. Wayland’s participation in various yachting clubs in Maryland and his service to the North American Yacht Racing Union as an Executive Committee member.
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.