Collections Online

Welcome to the Maryland Historical Society’s Collections Online Database. Browse through both Museum Department collections and the Special Collections Department of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library by subject or by medium. Here you will see paintings, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts pieces, lithographs, and more.

With well over one million items housed at MdHS, this database contains merely a fraction of what can be found in the combined collections. Information contained in the records of the Collections Online Database is subject to change as a result of ongoing research.

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American Civil WarAfrican American HistoryPhotographs
War of 1812Women's HistoryBenjamin Henry Latrobe
PaintingsMining the Museum (exhibit)

Works on Paper

Emigration & immigrationMaritimePrints
Textiles; American Civil War, 1861-1865
Jacket, American Civil War.
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ca. 1864
1920.41.15.1


Textiles; American Civil War, 1861-1865
Artillery jacket belonging to Colonel Richard Snowden Andrews, 1st Maryland Artillery, Confederate States of America, American Civil War. Gift of Charles Andrews.
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ca. 1864
1920.15.1


Photographs, Street scenes, Baltimore (Md.), Fire, 1904, Portrait group, Men, Fire and explosions
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Fires & Explosions - 1904 - Business Establishments & Stores - Anderson & Ireland Hardware. Group of policemen/firemen standing in front of an ice covered ruin. Pratt and Light Streets. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.62.VF.
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1904
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Photographs, Street scenes, Baltimore (Md.), Fire, 1904, Fire and explosions
J.E. Henry
Baltimore - Fires & Explosions - 1904 - Business Establishments & Stores - Anderson & Ireland Hardware. Verso reads: "Baltimore's business district was wiped out by the big fire of February 7 and 8, 1904? The picture, taken by J.E. Henry, 1433 Edmondson Avenue, shows the Anderson & Ireland Hardware Store at the northwest corner of Pratt and Light Streets. Because of powder and dynamite stored in the building, it was necessary to keep streams or water playing on it constantly, and the water froze."
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1904
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Photographs, Street scenes, Baltimore (Md.), Fire, 1904, Men, Fire and explosions
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Fires & Explosions - 1904 - Streets - Liberty & Redwood Streets. 100-200 Block Liberty Street. Street scene with firefighters fighting fire. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.63.VF.
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1904
[SVF]


Photographs, Street scenes, Baltimore (Md.), Fire, 1904, Men, Fire and explosions
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Fires & Explosions - 1904 - Views - During. View of firefighters on a rooftop fighting a burning building. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.64.VF.
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1904
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Exterior, Houses, Historic homes, Rowhouses, Charles Center
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Houses - Birckhead Mansion - March 1869. 48 North Charles Street (present day 216-218 North Charles Street) Verso contains two group photos of medical students with a cadaver in a morgue and in a formal setting. W.D. McKim is noted in both of these photos. "An imposing Federalist mansion on this was from 1827 through 1869 the home of the Birckhead family; first Hugh Birckhead(1788-1853), a shipping merchant, and after his death his widow, Mrs. Catherine Augusta (McKeevers) Birckhead (1795-1868). Their son, Lennox Birckhead (1839-?), a local realtor, was the house's last occupant; it was replaced by a pair of three-story office and store combinations, which survived the 1904 Baltimore Fire only to be demolished for the construction of the Charles Center development at the beginning of the 1960s."
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1869
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Houses, Portrait group, Men, Physician, Medicine,
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Houses - Birckhead Mansion - March 1869. 48 North Charles Street (present day 216-218 North Charles Street) Verso contains two group photos of medical students with a cadaver in a morgue and in a formal setting. W.D. McKim is noted in both of these photos. "An imposing Federalist mansion on this was from 1827 through 1869 the home of the Birckhead family; first Hugh Birckhead(1788-1853), a shipping merchant, and after his death his widow, Mrs. Catherine Augusta (McKeevers) Birckhead (1795-1868). Their son, Lennox Birckhead (1839-?), a local realtor, was the house's last occupant; it was replaced by a pair of three-story office and store combinations, which survived the 1904 Baltimore Fire only to be demolished fro the construction of the Charles Center development at the beginning of the 1960s."
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1869
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Exterior, Houses, Historic homes
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Houses - Clifton Mansion - Former residence of Johns Hopkins. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.39.VF.
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Ca. 1925
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Exterior, Portrait group, Men, Business, Business and Industry, Buildings, structures, etc., Horse-drawn wagons, Vehicles, Transportation
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Business & Industry - Carts & Wagons - Theodore Ludwig Wagon Builders - 1212 Bank Street. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.16.VF & Z24.197.
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Ca. 1895
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Horse-drawn wagons, Celebrations and parades, entertainers, Animals
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Parades - Ringling Brothers Circus Parade - Charles Street - Ca. 1904. Circus Parade on Charles Street. A note in the folder reads: "The dating of these two photographs may be determined as follows: The smaller, with the pencil note on the obverse reading 'Baltimore Street Views, N. Eutaw St.' is a photogrpah of a wagon of the Carl hagenbeck & Co. Circus which existed in 1904 and 1905 (in 1906 it became part of the Hagenbeck and Wallace Circus) - if street names indicate a post 1905 date then it is Hagenbeck and Wallace. The larger, printed on obverse 'Circus parade on Charles Street' is of Ringling Brothers Circus and must be dated between 1896 (the year this wagon was constructed) and 1903 (the year in which the bell on the top was lowered). -Stuart Thayer, 276 Sumac Lane, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 11, 1975". Note: Formerly designated as Z24.54.VF & Z24.456.
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Ca. 1904
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Horse-drawn wagons, Celebrations and parades, entertainers, Animals
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Parades - Carl Hagenbeck & Co. Circus Parade - N. Eutaw Street - Ca. 1905. Baltimore Street Views - N. Eutaw Street. A note in the folder reads: "The dating of these two photographs may be determined as follows: The smaller, with the pencil note on the obverse reading 'Baltimore Street Views, N. Eutaw St.' is a photogrpah of a wagon of the Carl hagenbeck & Co. Circus which existed in 1904 and 1905 (in 1906 it became part of the Hagenbeck and Wallace Circus) - if street names indicate a post 1905 date then it is Hagenbeck and Wallace. The larger, printed on obverse 'Circus parade on Charles Street' is of Ringling Brothers Circus and must be dated between 1896 (the year this wagon was constructed) and 1903 (the year in which the bell on the top was lowered). -Stuart Thayer, 276 Sumac Lane, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 11, 1975". Note: Formerly designated as Z24.37.VF & Z24.456.
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Ca. 1905
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Portrait group, Women, Parks and squares, East Baltimore
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Parks - Patterson Park Pagoda - June 28, 1893. Group photo of five women in front of the Pagoda. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.40.VF.
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June 28, 1893
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Parks and squares, Urban Landscape, Monuments, Washington Monument, Mount Vernon
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Parks & Squares - Mt. Vernon Place - East. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.1.VF.
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Ca. 1900
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Parks and squares, Urban Landscape, Mount Vernon
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Parks & Squares - Washington Place - View South to Centre Street. Verso reads: "Fountain, Charles Street & Monument" "Before Mayor Preston spoiled the vista with marbles and statues". Note: Formerly designated as Z24.10.VF & Z24.323.
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Ca. 1850
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Parks and squares, Children, Recreation,
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Parks & Squares - Carroll Park - Playground. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.44.VF.
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1909
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Urban Landscape, Railroads, Blizzard, 1899
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Railroad Stations - President Street Station - 1899. Street scene showing the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1899. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.55.VF.
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1899
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Urban Landscape, Railroads, Blizzard, 1899
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Railroad Stations - President Street Station - 1899. Street scene showing the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1899. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.56.VF.
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1899
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Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Urban Landscape, Railroads, Blizzard, 1899
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Railroad Stations - President Street Station - 1899. Street scene showing the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1899. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.57.VF.
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1899
[SVF]


Photographs, Baltimore (Md.), Street scenes, Urban Landscape, Railroads, Blizzard, 1899
Unidentified Photographer
Baltimore - Railroad Stations - President Street Station - 1899. Street scene showing the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1899. Note: Formerly designated as Z24.58.VF.
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1899
[SVF]


Games