Davenport Photograph Album, 1986.98.15 – Peale/BCLM Photograph Collection

Maryland Historical Society

Special Collections Department
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-685-3750 x359; specialcollections@mdhs.org

1986.98.15.44, MdHS (reference photo) 

[Two unidentified women], not dated,

Davenport Photograph Album, 1986.98.15.44, MdHS (reference photo)

Davenport Photograph Album, 1986.98.15

1920-1921

BALTIMORE CITY LIFE MUSEUM COLLECTION

Finding Aid

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Processing note: Processing completed by Lara Westwood, November, 2015

 

Collection Origin

The Davenport Photograph Album was donated to the Baltimore City Life Museums in 1986 by Barbara Davenport (accession number 1986.98.15). In 1997, the Baltimore City Life Museums/Peale Museum closed due to lack of funding. Its collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998. 

Biographical Note:

The Gray family lived in Baltimore, Maryland. James Frank Gray, an African-American wallpaper hanger, and his wife Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rogers Gray, a domestic servant, moved to Baltimore in the 1910’s from Exmoor, Virginia. They first lived at 765 West Mulberry Street and later moved to 1116 Argyle Street. Lizzie Gray worked for the James Tinsley family. Over the years, James Gray collected decorative art pieces, such as ceramics, which were broken or were discarded by the families for which he worked.

They had a daughter, Nannie Woodland Gray, who taught at Baltimore’s Henry Highland Garnet School (Public School #103), specializing in handwriting, for forty years. She received her education at Colored High and Training School (now Frederick Douglass High School) and graduated in 1910. She then attended Coppin Normal School, which was affiliated with the high school at the time. Nannie Gray began fostering Barbara Davenport in 1930.   

Scope and Content

The Davenport Photograph Album contains 92 photographs of the Gray family. The majority of the images are unidentified portraits which show the family in backyards, parks, and at the beach. Several of the portraits were taken in front Mattie B. Taylor Dressmaker shop, perhaps modeling her dresses. The photographs are primarily undated appear to be from the 1920’s and 30’s. The album was originally owned by Lizzie Gray and passed to her foster granddaughter Barbara Davenport. 

The collection retains the original order of the album. Individual numbers have been assigned to each photograph which is either written below or above or on the back of the photograph when it could be safely removed from the album page. The numbers were assigned left to right in a clockwise manner for each page. Some of the photographs have come off their pages but are retained in the folder with its page.  

Container List:

Description

Date

Image ID #

Album Page #

Box

Album cover

No date

1986.98.15.01

1

1

The Three of Us

August 1921

1986.98.15.02

2

1

Concord, Virginia

August 1921

1986.98.15.03

3

1

Dorothy, Christeal, Lillian

August 1921

1986.98.15.04

3

1

Cape Charles, Virginia

August 1921

1986.98.15.05

3

1

Brooksie Mae

Summer 1921

1986.98.15.06

3

1

Willie and Evelyn

1920

1986.98.15.07

3

1

[Two unidentified young women]

No date

1986.98.15.08

3

1

Cape Charles, Virginia; "Abe" and "Lill"

No date

1986.98.15.09

4

1

[Unidentified baby]

No date

1986.98.15.10

4

1

[Two unidentified boys and girl]

No date

1986.98.15.11

4

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.12

5

1

[Unidentified woman in front of Mattie B. Taylor Dressmaker shop]

No date

1986.98.15.13

5

1

[Two unidentified women]

No date

1986.98.15.14

5

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.15

5

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.16

5

1

[Unidentified baby, unidentified man in background]

No date

1986.98.15.17

5

1

[Three unidentified boys at the beach?]

No date

1986.98.15.18

6

1

[Mattie B. Taylor Dressmaker shop]

No date

1986.98.15.19

6

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.20

6

1

[Unidentified man]

No date

1986.98.15.21

6

1

[Two unidentified boys]

No date

1986.98.15.22

6

1

[Two unidentified women]

No date

1986.98.15.23

6

1

James Frank Gray?

No date

1986.98.15.24

7

1

[Unidentified man and woman]

No date

1986.98.15.25

7

1

[Two unidentified women]

No date

1986.98.15.26

7

1

[Unidentified man in car]

No date

1986.98.15.27

7

1

[Unidentified man

No date

1986.98.15.28

7

1

[Unidentified girl]

No date

1986.98.15.29

7

1

[Unidentified man in garden/backyard]

No date

1986.98.15.30

8

1

[Flowering tree/bush]

No date

1986.98.15.31

8

1

[Unidentified woman in garden/backyard]

No date

1986.98.15.32

8

1

[Two unidentified women seated on front porch]

No date

1986.98.15.33

8

1

[Unidentified man in garden/backyard]

No date

1986.98.15.34

8

1

[Unidentified woman in garden/backyard]

No date

1986.98.15.35

8

1

[Unidentified woman in garden/backyard]

No date

1986.98.15.36

9

1

[Flowering tree/bush]

No date

1986.98.15.37

9

1

[Unidentified man in front of brick wall]

No date

1986.98.15.38

9

1

[Unidentified baby, unidentified man in background]

No date

1986.98.15.39

9

1

[Mattie B. Taylor Dressmaker shop]

No date

1986.98.15.40

9

1

[Unidentified woman holding baby]

No date

1986.98.15.41

9

1

[Unidentified man]

No date

1986.98.15.42

10

1

[Unidentified man]

No date

1986.98.15.43

10

1

[Two unidentified women]

No date

1986.98.15.44

10

1

[Unidentified woman holding baby]

No date

1986.98.15.45

10

1

[Unidentified woman with child in garden]

No date

1986.98.15.46

10

1

[Unidentified woman on dock]

No date

1986.98.15.47

10

1

Uncle Earnest & I

No date

1986.98.15.48

11

1

[Unidentified group in front of car]

No date

1986.98.15.49

11

1

[Unidentified woman on dock]

No date

1986.98.15.50

11

1

[Unidentified girl]

No date

1986.98.15.51

11

1

[Two unidentified women in garden]

No date

1986.98.15.52

11

1

[Unidentified group in garden]

No date

1986.98.15.53

11

1

[Three unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.54

11

1

[Unidentified woman holding baby]

No date

1986.98.15.55

11

1

[Unidentified woman in winter coat]

No date

1986.98.15.56

12

1

[Unidentified elderly woman seated]

No date

1986.98.15.57

12

1

[Unidentified group]

No date

1986.98.15.58

12

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.59

12

1

[Unidentified woman and child]

No date

1986.98.15.60

12

1

[Dual portrait of unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.61

12

1

[Four unidentified women by water]

No date

1986.98.15.62

12

1

[Two unidentified girls seated]

No date

1986.98.15.63

13

1

[Unidentified group seated]

No date

1986.98.15.64

13

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.65

13

1

[Unidentified woman and child]

No date

1986.98.15.66

13

1

[Two unidentified women and child]

No date

1986.98.15.67

13

1

[Unidentified child]

No date

1986.98.15.68

13

1

[Unidentified man and woman]

No date

1986.98.15.69

14

1

[Unidentified woman and girl; card]

No date

1986.98.15.70

14

1

[Unidentified men in canoe]

No date

1986.98.15.71

14

1

[Unidentified woman by lake]

No date

1986.98.15.72

14

1

[Two unidentified women by lake]

No date

1986.98.15.73

14

1

[Unidentified woman by lake]

No date

1986.98.15.74

15

1

[Unidentified woman and girl]

No date

1986.98.15.75

15

1

[Unidentified woman and dog]

No date

1986.98.15.76

15

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.77

15

1

[Unidentified group]

No date

1986.98.15.78

15

1

[Three unidentified men in a boat]

No date

1986.98.15.79

15

1

James Frank Gray? [Two unidentified woman and man in carriage]

No date

1986.98.15.80

16

1

[N.Y. Electric Shoe Repairing Co.]

No date

1986.98.15.81

16

1

[Two unidentified woman sitting on porch]

No date

1986.98.15.82

16

1

[Two unidentified women]

No date

1986.98.15.83

16

1

[Three women at beach]

No date

1986.98.15.84

16

1

[Three unidentified women in bathing costumes]

No date

1986.98.15.85

17

1

[Three unidentified women in bathing costumes]

No date

1986.98.15.86

17

1

[Portrait of unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.87

17

1

Vieta Wright (hand-colored)

No date

1986.98.15.88

18

1

[Unidentified woman]

No date

1986.98.15.89

19

1

[Unidentified women]

No date

1986.98.15.90

19

1

[Unidentified group in front of Mattie B. Taylor Dressmaker shop]

No date

1986.98.15.91

19

1

Album back cover

No date

1986.98.15.92

20

1

 

Games