Baden-Robertson Family Manuscript Collection, 1924-1930, MS 2629

Finding Aid to the Baden-Robertson Family Manuscript Collection, 1924-1930, MS 2629 

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society


Collection summary


Baden-Robertson Family Manuscript Collection


Baden-Robertson Family

Call number

MS 2629

Inclusive dates


Bulk dates



1 box, 4 folders


Contains a scrapbook, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and genealogical notes on the ancestors of Elinor Robertson Baden.

Administrative summary


H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

[email protected]

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.


Gift of Elinor Robertson Baden, January 19, 1982

Accession number


Processing note

Finding aid created by Delaney Hochrein, May, 2015

Biographical Note

Richard Thompson Baden (1868-1940) was elected president of the National Credit Men’s association in May 1925. He worked at Holland, Baden & Ramsey, a firm which sold automobile and bicycle accessories in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born on May 16, 1868. Baden married Elinor Williams Robertson (1869-1949) on February 13, 1895. They had a daughter, Elinor Robertson Baden, born December 30, 1895, and a son, Richard T. Baden, Jr, who died in infancy. Baden’s wife was the daughter of Benson Bond Robertson and Anne Rebecca Allnutt. The National Association of Credit Men strongly endorsed the policy of economy introduced during the administration of President Coolidge. Sir Esme Howard, a member of the association, served as the British Ambassador to the United States.

The Baden-Robertson clan descended from many distinguished colonial ancestors. Originally, Richard Smith of Croft (or Craft) Hall, England, came to the Province of Maryland from London. He settled in the lower part of Calvert County, near St. Leonard’s Md., in February 1649. He was the first Attorney-General of Maryland appointed by Lord Baltimore and served for three terms. He was a lieutenant of provincial militia and a member of the House of Burgess 1660 to 1667. His son was a Captain of the Calvert militia in 1689 and a member of Christ’s Church Vestry from 1692 to 1714. Captain Richard Smith Jr. married three times. His last wife, Lady Maria Joanna Somerset, was the grandniece of Cecil Calvert, and through her Somerset lineage, a connection can be traced to Charlemagne the Great, King of the Franks. Richard’s daughter, Barbara Smith, married Thomas Holdsworth, a member of the Assembly of Maryland in 1681. Their daughter, Elizabeth Holdsworth, married James Heighe, who served as a Justice in Calvert County.

Scope and Content

The collection contains congratulatory letters and telegrams from various U.S. Senators and businessmen regarding Baden’s election to presidency of the National Credit Men’s Association. There are multiple news articles on the credit conditions of the nation and credit crime/fraud. There are programs for meetings or banquets that Bader was invited to attend, as well as programs and tickets for banquets of the National Association of Credit Men.

Collection contains genealogical records of the Baden and Robertson families, and more specifically the colonial descent of Elinor Robertson Baden. Handwritten notes include dates for births, deaths and marriages of the ancestors of Elinor Robertson Baden.

Related Collections:

Baden Photograph Collection, PP126

Richard T. Baden Papers, MS 2608

Dr. Joseph Baden Reminiscences, MS 2983

Container List





Baden-Robertson Papers - Scrapbook




Baden-Robertson Papers - Genealogical Notes

not dated



Baden-Robertson Papers - Elinor Robertson Baden’s notes on a trip to Southern Maryland

Oct. 15-16, 1930



Baden-Robertson Papers - News Clippings

not dated