Baden Collection - PP126

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library

Not dated and 1870-1955

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, February 2000


Richard Thompson Baden (1868-1940) was born in Calvert Co., Md., the son of Dr. Joseph A. Baden and Maria Catherine Thompson Baden. A graduate of Baltimore City College, Baden married Elinor Williams Robertson Baden (1869-1949) in 1895, and they had a daughter, Elinor Robertson Baden (b. 1895); a son, Richard T. Baden, Jr. (1900-1902) died in infancy.

Richard Baden joined the Baltimore business community in 1886, working in the office of hardware firm Henry Keidel & Co. In 1898 he became office and financial department head for the firm, continuing in that role until 1916, when he organized the Holland, Baden & Ramsey company. Baden was active in both the Baltimore Association of Credit Men and the National Association of Credit Men, serving as president of the former in 1918-1920 and of the latter in 1925-1926.

The Nuttle family came from Denton, Md. Elbert Ray Nuttle (1884-1939) graduated from Dickinson College and from the University of Maryland School of Law, and came to work at the American Bonding Company in Baltimore in 1910, which was absorbed by the Fidelity and Deposit Company in 1926, at which time Nuttle became a vice president. His wife was Margaretta Pyles Nuttle (d. 1979), and their 4 sons are: William R., John Clagett (b. 1922), Elbert R. Jr., and Thomas O. The relationship of the Nuttle family to the Badens is not known.

Collection Origin

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Nuttle, 1980 (002069).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 7 folders containing 101 photoprints and 6 negatives, which are undated or dated 1870-1955. The collection includes ambrotypes, tintypes, and platinum prints among other photograph types. Many of the images are unidentified or only partially identified, and few are dated. The subjects are portraits of Richard T. Baden, his wife Elinor Williams Robertson Baden and his daughter Elinor Robertson Baden, as well as group portraits including Richard Baden in business settings.

Unidentified and partly identified portraits include members of the Nuttle and Baden families.

Note: The collection also contains 2 folders of printed ephemera including programs and news clippings related to the Baltimore and National Associations of Credit Men, greeting and calling cards, and maps and pamphlets pertaining to St. Mary’s Co. There is also 1 envelope containing clippings of human hair from Baden family members and a souvenir penny.

Note: Related materials are found in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS. 2608, the Baden Papers; and MS. 2629, the Baden-Robertson Papers.


The photographs are arranged by general subject.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 7 Folders

Folder 1
Unidentified portraits, cased or framed photographs, n.d. 3 items. Unidentified man and women. Includes ambrotypes.

Folder 2
Group portraits with Richard T. Baden, other people unidentified, n.d. and 1910-1920. 11 items.

Folder 3
Richard T. Baden, n.d. 16 items. Includes 1 negative.

Folder 4
Elinor Williams Robertson Baden, n.d. 8 items.

Folder 5
Elinor Baden, n.d. 12 items. Includes tintype.

Folder 6
Baden family portraits, n.d. and 1924. 10 items.

Folder 7
Unidentified portraits, n.d. and 1870-1955. 47 items, including 5 negatives. Includes tintype. Includes John Clagett Nuttle, 1922. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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