Chandlee Collection - PP97

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


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, August 1999 


The Mottu family of Baltimore was headed by Theodore Mottu, whose birthplace was just North of Rogers Ave. between Park Heights Ave. and the Old Pimlico Road at Arlington (then Baltimore Co.). Theodore Mottu operated a lumber company at 1012-22 Pennsylvania Ave. which was later taken over by his sons, Thomas H. and Theodore Mottu, Jr. (1872-1952), being dissolved in 1930.

The Mottu family intermarried with the Chandlee family in several generations. Alexander W. Chandlee (1864-1920) married Mary A. Mottu Chandlee (1865-1938), and a Frances Chandlee married Theodore Mottu, Jr. Alexander W. Chandlee also headed a business, his in china and glassware wholesale, with quarters at the corner of Lombard and Hanover Sts. Alexander Chandlee's sons George Mottu Chandlee (b. 1887) and Theodore Mottu Chandlee (b. 1895) became president and vice-president of the firm, respectively, after Alexander's death.

Around the start of the 20th century, both families had members living within a few blocks in the Walbrook neighborhood of Baltimore.

Collection Origin

Gift of George M. Chandlee, Jr., 1979 (74532).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 18 folders containing 18 photoprints, and 12 nitrate film negatives, originating in years 1889-1909. The photographs are studio portraits and informal snapshots of Chandlee and Mottu family members and friends. One of the studio portraits is a "multigraph", wherein several views of the same person are imposed into one overall composition. There are scenes of tennis, boys eating watermelon at Walbrook, people with bicycles, and a football team at Baltimore City College in 1905. There are several shots of the 1904 Baltimore Fire, including some unusual ones of the fire in progress from Federal Hill across the harbor. There are also some photos made at Bradford's Grove, which may be in Washington Co., Md.

The nitrate negatives are not described on the inventory, so it isn't known whether they correspond to existing prints.


The photoprints are arranged according to PP catalog number. The negatives are housed in the nitrate storage area, arranged according to negative catalog number.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 18 Folders (folder level list; each item contained in individual folder unless otherwise indicated.)

PP97.1 - Baltimore Fire, viewed from wharf across harbor, 1904.

PP97.2 - Baltimore Fire, ruins, 1904.

PP97.3 - Baltimore Fire, ruins, 1904.

PP97.4 - Baltimore Fire, viewed from Federal Hill, 1904.

PP97.5 - Post Office building, 1891.

PP97.6 - Johnson, Boyd & Co. (hosiery, gloves, and underware store), 1904.

PP97.7 - Mottu house at Arlington (Baltimore Co.), 1909.

PP97.8 - Alexander Walker Chandlee, ca. 1894-1901. Multiprint.

PP97.9 - George Mottu Chandlee (infant), 1889.

PP97.10 - Boys eating watermelon at Walbrook Ave., ca. 1900. Includes George Mottu Chandlee, Henry Wilson Chandlee, and Theodore Mottu. Dup/copy neg Z24.1878.

PP97.11 - Chandlee family at Bradford's Grove, group portrait, 1893. Includes George Mottu Chandlee, Alexander Walker Chandlee, Henry Wilson Chandlee, and Mary A. Mottu Chandlee.

PP97.12 - Chandlee family at Bradford's Grove, group portrait, 1894. Includes Mary A. Mottu, Alexander Walker Chandlee, and Thomas H. Motttu.

PP97.13 - School children, group portrait, 1893. Includes George Mottu Chandlee, Henry Wilson Chandlee, Nettie Wilson, and Helen Troxell.

PP97.14 - Football group at Baltimore City College, 1905. Includes George Mottu Chandlee and Henry Wilson Chandlee.

PP97.15 - Football group at Baltimore City College, 1905. Includes George Mottu Chandlee and Henry Wilson Chandlee.

* * * PP97.16 - Tennis at Bradford's Grove, 1893. Includes Alexander Walker Chandlee. (PRINT NOT FOUND - SEE MPh?)

PP97.17 - Chandlee family, group portrait of women at Bradford's Grove, 1893. Includes Mary A. Mottu Chandlee.

PP97.18 - Katherine Elizabeth Chandlee Yates and Peter Price Yates, studio portrait, ca. 1899. Subjects are on bicycles.

Nitrate negatives:
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