Edwin Defrain Taylor Collection - PP88

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 Cown with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, August 1999



The Honorable John E. Taylor (b. 1850) was well known in public life in Wicomico County in the early 1900s, representing the county for many years in the State Legislature. Born in Riverton, Md., the son of John B. and Mary Taylor, John Taylor was educated in public schools and at Bryant and Stratton’s Business College in Baltimore. A Democrat, he was elected to the office of County Commissioner in 1891, and to the House of Delegates in 1897. He was influential in the development of telephone infrastructure in the region, having overseen the building and served as manager of the Riverton-Delmar service line. Taylor married Miss Annie E. Defrain of Lewisburg, Pa.

Collection Origin

Gift of Edwin DeFrain Taylor, 1984 (000694).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 6 folders containing 6 photoprints, 1 album containing 12 photoprints, 2 larger format photoprints housed in the "medium photograph" area, and 13 glass negatives, some of which match photoprints. The dates are 1905-1923; subjects are Wicomico County views, incuding steamboat wharves, a schoolhouse and a church, and portraits of John Edwin Taylor, family, and friends ca. 1905-1912. There are also 2 images of the Maryland General Assembly, 1912.

Note: Related materials are found in the Papers of the Taylor and Bradley Families (Acc. 000694) in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society.

Note: The collection also contains 61 pieces of printed ephemera, including invitations and other memorabilia from contemporary places and events: Talbot County Fair, Maryland colleges and universities, student report cards and commencement materials, an almanac (1884-1885) by Chesapeake Guano Company, an 1886 schooner cargo order, and Maryland government pamphlets and stationery.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers, and the glass negatives are arranged according to negative catalog numbers. The two larger format photoprints are stored in the "Medium Photographs" area in the Print and Photographs Division, according to subject.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 1 Album and 6 Folders

13 x 16 cm. 12 photoprints. Some images have glass negatives, as indicated.

1 – Old Riverton Church, Riverton (Wicomico Co., Md.), 1905(?). Neg Z7.1871.

2 – Riverton School House, Riverton (Wicomico Co., Md.), 1905 (?).

3 – Interior, bedroom, 1905 (?). Neg Z7.1872.

4 – Unidentified individuals, group portrait, 1905 (?). Neg Z7.1873.

5 – Unidentified individuals, group portrait, 1905 (?).

6 – Unidentified individuals, group portrait, 1905 (?). Three women in a tree.

7 – Riverton School House, Riverton (Wicomico Co., Md.), 1905. Neg Z7.1874.

8 – Taylor, John Edwin and Annie,1905 (?)

9 – Two women near trees with carving, Red Bank, 1905 (?).

10 – Three women near unidentified river, Wicomico Co., 1905 (?).

11 – Woman near unidentified river, Wicomico Co., 1905 (?).

12 – Taylor, Alice C., 1905 (?). Neg Z7.1875.

Box 1, Folders 1-6: Each folder holds one photograph. Photographs with glass negatives are indicated.
PP88.1 – Group at Mr. Cooper's home, 1905. People identified on verso. Neg Z7.1876.

PP88.2 – Group of three posed on logs.

PP88.3 – Riverton M.E. Church, ca. 1915.

PP88.4 – Steamboat Wharves at Riverton (Wicomico Co., Md.), 1923.

PP88.5 – Taylor, John Edwin, 1911.

PP88.6 – Taylor, John Edwin, 1912.

Larger format photographs stored in "Medium Photographs" area
PP88.7 – Maryland Government – House of Delegates (Committees), 1912 – Maryland Ways and Means Committee Session.

PP88.8 – Maryland Government - General Assembly (Committees), 1912 – Maryland Agricultural Committee Session.

Inventory of Glass Negatives
Z7.1871 – Photoprint is no. 1 in album.

Z7.1872 – Photoprint is no. 3 in album.

Z7.1873 – Photoprint is no. 4 in album.

Z7.1874 – Photoprint is no. 7 in album.

Z7.1875 – Photoprint is no. 12 in album.

Z7.1876 – Photoprint is PP88.1.

Z7.1877 – Riverton School House, 1905 (?).

Z7.1878 – Interior, living rooms, 1905 (?).

Z7.1879 – Bradley, Ben, 1905 (?).

Z7.1880 – Taylor, John Edwin, 1905 (?).

Z7.1881 – Taylor, John Edwin, 1905 (?).

Z7.1882 – Old Riverton Church (?), 1905 (?).

Z7.1883 – Old Riverton Church (?), 1905 (?). © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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