Evans-Perkins-Black Collection - PP103

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

ca. 1860-1955

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



J. Nelson Black (b.1851) was a farmer on land near the Principio Furnace in Cecil Co., Md. He was prominent in social, agricultural and church circles. Born in Charlestown (Cecil Co.), he was the son of W.W. and Catherine P. Evans Black. He married Mary G. Barnes in 1891, and the couple had two daughters, Edith C. and Mary. Members of the Black family lived at times in New Castle Co., Del. and Chester Co., Penn. in addition to Cecil Co. Related families were Alexander, Evans, Hasson, Moore, Patterson, Meek, and Tuft. Members of the Evans family lived near Rising Sun in Cecil Co. at the end of the 19th century.

The John W. Perkins depicted in the collection may have been the resident of Elkton, Md. who was vice president of the Historical Society of Cecil County in the 1960s. His relationship to the Black and Evans families is not known.

Collection Origin

 Gift of William B. Evans, representing the estate of Lilian Perkins, 1984 (000821).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 3 folders containing 17 photoprints dating from ca. 1860 to 1955. Subjects are portraits of Miss E. Black, Anna Tuft, Mary Alice Taylor, and John W. Perkins, as well as unidentified portraits. Some of the images are studio portraits and some are snapshots in rural or farm settings.

Note: The collection contains 8 folders of non-photographic materials, including invitations, funeral announcements for Evans and Black family members, matchbooks, breast plates, post cards, and calling cards. Other postcards from this collection depicting sites in Centerville, Md. were moved to the Postcard Collection of the Prints and Photographs Division, and a map of the USA was moved to the Map Collection (U.S.A. – 1831) of the Maryland Historical Society.

Note: Related materials are found in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS. 2745, the Black Family Papers.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Container List

1 Box

Folder 1
PP103.1 – Unidentified woman, albumen print, oval image in oval mount, ca. 1860.

PP103.2 – Unidentified woman, cabinet albumen print, ca. 1880.

PP103.3 – Anna Tuft, (toned platinum?) print, circular image, ca. 1890.

PP103.4 – Woman at desk, Christmas card, gelatin silver print, 1955(?).

PP103.5 – Mary Alice Taylor (?), gelatin silver print with Christmas card, ca. 1955.

PP103.6 – John W. Perkins with "Spottie" (dog), gelatin silver print, ca. 1942.

PP103.7 – Woman with cows, gelatin silver print, ca. 1945.

Folder 2
PP103.8-.15 – Miss E. Black (?), gelatin silver prints, ca. 1930.

PP103.16 – Unidentified woman with bun in hair, gelatin silver print, ca. 1930.

Folder 3
PP103.17 – Unidentified girl in churchyard with gravestones, n.d. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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