Clara Lips Album - PP149

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, December 1999



Clara Lips was the daughter of Theodore Francis Lips (d. 1927) and Mary L. Lips. In 1898, the family lived in the West Arlington section of Baltimore, where Theodore was a well known figure in transportation, having worked for the B&O Railroad and later the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company. Clara, who later became a nurse, had two sisters - Emily and Mildred.

The selection of photographs in the album reflects the creator's enjoyment and interest in parks and country roads in Baltimore and the surrounding area. Locations documented by this collection include the Old Franklin (or Franklintown Rd.) leading from west Baltimore to Franklintown at the western edge of present-day Leakin Park. The road followed the course of Gwynn's Falls, which was the site of many 19th century mills, including five Calverton Mills, of which three were clustered north of Edmondson Ave. The Old Annapolis Road depicted is the predecessor of Ritchie Highway, a road that followed the general route of present day roads U.S. 301, Md. 178, and U.S. 50.

Collection Origin

Gift of Mrs. Augusta W. Lips, 1991 (003515).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 photograph album containing 64 gelatin silver prints from ca. 1898-1902. The album is inscribed on front cover: "To Clara / from A.J. Laciar / Xmas 1900". Most of the photos are captioned and dated. Images in Baltimore include several monuments and Druid Hill Park, with scenes of Silver Spring Road and Garrett's Bridge. Scenes in the Baltimore vicinity include Lake Roland and Loch Raven, a ravine at Stevenson, Md., and views of the Old Annapolis and Old Franklin Roads.

Many photographs depict people, who are unidentified. These include several groups of African American women and children photographed on the "Annapolis Pike". There is a group portrait from 1898 of Spanish Prisoners captured in the course of the Spanish American War. There are also several photos of buildings in Washington, D.C., both government buildings and businesses illuminated for the inauguration of President McKinley, 1901.


The photographs remain in the album.

Container List

1 Box

Album 1
Emery Grove, 1900. 2 unidentified women.

The Chestnut Hunt, n.d. 2 unidentified people.

Old Franklin Road, 1900. Unidentified woman.

On the Annapolis Pike, 1900. Unidentified group portrait of 15 African American children. Duplicate/copy negative Z24.1583.

On the Annapolis Pike, 1900. Unidentified group portrait of a woman and children, including African Americans. Duplicate/copy negative Z24.1580.

Christmas, West Arlington, Md., 1900. Unidentified child with Christmas tree and toys. Train and soldiers, toy castle, dolls, large map of United States on wall. Duplicate/copy negative Z24.1847.

On the Old Franklin Road, 1901. Unidentified group portrait of 5 African American children with a goat cart. Duplicate/copy negative Z24.1452.

President McKinley's Inauguration, illuminated buildings, Washington, D.C., 1901.

Looking up Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., 1901.

On the Old Franklin Road, 1901. Unidentified group portrait of African American women and children. Duplicate/copy negative Z24.1581.

Ham, Jr., J.H.U., Baltimore, Md., 1901. Photograph of monkey dressed in men's suit.

The Ruins on the Old Franklin Road, 1901.

On the Old Franklin Road, 1901. Unidentified woman.

Garrett's Bridge, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Md., 1901. Unidentified man and woman.

Silver Spring Road, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Md., 1901. Unidentified woman.

1st Spanish Prisoners captured S.S.S. Montaugan, Col. Contijo, Spanish American War, 1898. Duplicate/copy negative Z24.1582.

Betsy Ross Home, Philadelphia, Pa., n.d.

D.H. Park, 1901. Unidentified woman.

Federal Hill Park, 1901.

D.H. Park, George Washington monument, 1901.

Thomas Wildey monument, Broadway, n.d.

D.H. Park, 1901. Wallace monument.

Christopher Columbus monument, 1901.

D.H. Park, Druid Lake, 1901.

1st monument erected to Christopher Columbus (Oct. 1792), 1901.

Monument erected to the Heroes and __? of the Rebellion, 1901.

Unidentified house (Mt. Vernon, Virginia), n.d.

Annapolis Pike, 1901. Unidentified woman and bridge.

Unidentified man, 1901.

Saucon Creek, Pa., 1901.

Clover Mill Dam, Saucon Creek, Pa., 1901.

Buena Vista Hotel, 1901.

Pen-Mar, Blue Ridge, Pa. and Md., 1901.

Unidentified theatrical portraits, n.d. 2 items.

D.H.P., 1901.

Oaks in D.H.P., 1901.

A Walk in D.H.P., 1901.

Autumn Leaves, D.H.P., 1901.

D.H.P., 1901.

The Capitol, Washington, D.C., 1901. 3 items.

Washington Monument, D.C., n.d.

The Congressional Library, n.d.

Cupid's Fountain (Library), n.d.

D.H.P., 1902. 2 items. Unidentified woman in horse-drawn sleigh, winter scene.

D.H.P., 1902. Unidentified woman, winter scene.

Loch Raven, 1902. Unidentified woman.

Loch Raven, 1902. 2 items.

Loch Raven, 1902. Shows creek with mill building and wheel.

Ham, Jr. (J.H.U.), n.d. Monkey.

The Old Franklin Road, 1901. Shows building.

The Old Franklin Road, 1902. Winter scene.

Ravine at Stevenson, Md., 1902. 3 items.

Unidentified road, n.d.

Unidentified (dam at Lake Roland), n.d.

Unidentified road with trees, n.d.

Unidentified house, n.d.

Unidentified (view of Regent building and Washington Monument, D.C.), n.d. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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