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Special Collections: Prints and Broadsides
Plan of Baltimore in 1729 containing 600 acres divided into 60 lots, ca 1823, MdHS, Hambleton Print Collection, H10.
How to Find Prints and Broadsides
The library has an extensive collection of prints, broadsides, and other works on paper. Inventories and finding aids for specific print collections are located below.
The Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum (BCLM) maintained a significant collection of historical material on Baltimore. The collection includes prints, manuscripts, maps, posters, and ephemera.
The T. Edward Hambleton Collection (ca. 500 items) is one of the most extensive assemblages of Baltimore-related prints from nineteenth-century views and maps to twentieth-century printmakers such as Don Swann and Gabrielle de Vincent Clements.
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 Small Print Collection consists over 3,000 advertisements, woodcuts, etchings, drawings, newspaper images, newspaper clippings, small booklets, and other items. Most date from the 18th and 19th century. The prints in this collection are less than 10 x 15 inches in size.
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 prints in this collection are no larger than 18 x 24 inches.
Prints and Broadsides can also be located through the resources below:
Lois B. McCauley, Maryland Historical Prints, 1752-1889 (available in the Reference Collection at Ref. MNE505.M123 and also in Special Collections)
Laura Rice, Maryland History in Prints, 1743-1900 (available in the main reading room at F182.R53 2002 and also in special collections). To buy this book from the MdHS Press, go to the Publications catalog. Also see the related online exhibit: More Than Meets the Eye: The History of Maryland in Prints