Finding Aid to the Douglas Hamilton Thomas Manuscript Collection, 1798-1919, MS 3090

Finding Aid to the Douglas Hamilton Thomas Manuscript Collection, 1798-1919, MS 3090

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Douglas Hamilton Thomas Manuscript Collection

Creator

Thomas, Douglas Hamilton

Call number

MS 3090

Inclusive dates

1798-1919

Bulk dates

1877-1916

Extent

3 boxes, 64 folders

Abstract

Contains newspaper clippings related to the life and career of Douglas H. Thomas, Sr. The clippings document Thomas’ involvement in Baltimore politics, his banking career, and his interest in American history and genealogy, as well as obituaries for his family, friends, and colleagues. Documents related to the sale of enslaved woman Martha Ann “Patty” Atatvis and the Whitridge family, such copies of John Whitridge’s will, are also included in the collection.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Purchase from Crocker Farm, September, 2011

Accession number

2011-014-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, January, 2017

 

Biographical Note

Douglas Hamilton Thomas was born on January 1, 1847 to Dr. John Hanson Thomas (1813-1881) and Annie Campbell Gordon Thomas (1819-1886) in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended private schools in the city before enrolling at the University of Maryland. During the Civil War, he attempted to join the Confederate army but was caught by federal officials and returned to Maryland. He enlisted in the Fifth Maryland Regiment in 1867 and rose to the rank of major. Thomas worked in banking for the majority of his career and was employed by the Farmers and Merchants’ Bank, Marine Bank, and finally the Merchants’ National Bank where he was elected president in 1886. He was appointed to several government posts, such as the Baltimore Street Paving Commission, and considered running for mayor of Baltimore.

Thomas married Alice Lee Whitridge (1846-1918), the daughter of Dr. John and Catherine Cox (nee Morris) Whitridge, in 1870. Alice’s father moved to Baltimore in 1820 after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in medicine. The family owned several slaves, including Martha Ann “Patty” Atavis (ca. 1816-1874). Atavis was purchased in 1839 and cared for the family’s children until her death. She is buried next to one of her charges, Olivia Whitridge (1837-1839), in Green Mount Cemetery.

Thomas and Alice had three children, Douglas Hamilton, Jr., Hanson Thomas, and Alice Lee, who married Robert Hooper Stevenson, Jr. Their son, Douglas, Jr., a prominent architect, was killed in a car accident in 1915. At the end of his life, Thomas lived in apartments in the Belvedere Hotel and maintained a home at 1010 St. Paul Street, which he had built in the early 1890s. He died on March 12, 1919.  

 

Related Collections:

Dr. J. Hanson Thomas Manuscript Collection, 1861-1862, MS 3091

Atavis, Martha Ann "Patty", ca. 1816-1874, Cased Photograph Collection, CSPH 545

Atavis, Martha Ann "Patty", ca. 1816-1874; Whitridge, Alice Lee, Cased Photograph Collection, CSPH 546

Francis M. Jencks Papers, 1892-1893, MS 516.1

 

Scope and Content

The collection primarily contains newspaper clippings related to the life and career of Douglas H. Thomas, Sr. The clippings document Thomas’ involvement in Baltimore politics, his banking career, and his interest in American history and genealogy, as well as obituaries for his family, friends, and colleagues. They are pasted onto loose pages and generally relate to one person or topic. Scattered throughout the newspaper clippings are letters, invitations, and funeral programs, as well as occasional notes in the margins which pertain to the clippings. Some photocopies exist in the collection in place of the original newspaper clippings. Documents related to the sale of enslaved woman Martha Ann “Patty” Atatvis and the Whitridge family, such copies of John Whitridge’s will, are also included in the collection.

The collection is arranged into four series: Newspaper Clippings, Numbered Newspaper Clippings, Thomas Family, and Whitridge Family. The Newspaper Clippings series is organized topically into twelve subseries. The clippings within the subseries are organized alphabetically and/or chronologically. The Numbered Newspaper Clippings are organized numerically. It is unknown whether Thomas or someone else added these page numbers. Pages 67 to 100 are either missing or are clippings from Series I which were not numbered. Series III and IV are arranged chronologically.

 

Container List

Contents 

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Newspaper Clippings

 

 

 

Subseries I: Family

 

 

 

Thomas, Douglas H. obituary

1919, March 13

1

1

Thomas, Mrs. Alice Lee Whitridge

1897-1912

1

2

Thomas, Douglas H. Jr.

1878-1915

1

3

Thomas, John Hanson

1897, June 1

1

4

Thomas, Dr. John Hanson

No date; 1861-1901

1

5

Subseries II: Genealogy

 

 

 

Colston family

1910, March 25

1

6

Fairfax family

No date; 1884

1

7

Gordon family

No date; 1883-1901

1

8

Hanson family

No date; 1883-1908

1

9

Knox family

1901-1910

1

10

Magruder family

Ca. 1881-1882

1

11

Whitridge family

No date; 1882-1910

1

12

Subseries III: Civic Engagement

 

 

 

Finance Commission

1886-1894

1

13

State Treasurer candidacy

1891

1

14

Mayoral candidacy

1891-1895

1

15

Park Board

1891-1901

1

16

Agent of payment on interest on public debt

1892

1

17

Baltimore Street Paving Commission

1892-1894

1

18

Assay Commission

1892-1896

1

19

Park Tax

1894-1896

1

20

Democratic Party

No date; 1896-1904

1

21

Reform League

1897

1

22

Shellfish Commission

1902-1910

1

23

Subseries IV: Banking & Finance Work

 

 

 

Farmers’ National Bank of Maryland

1877

1

24

Marine Bank election

1878-1880

1

25

General banking

1880-1911

1

26

Bankers’ Convention

1881-1896

1

27

Merchants’ National Bank

1886-1895

1

28

Merchants’ National Bank and National Mechanics’ Bank merger

1912

1

29

Subseries V: Railroads

 

 

 

Western Maryland Railroad funding loan

1886

1

30

Airbrake case

1897-1898

1

31

Subseries VI: Military Service

 

 

 

Maryland Fifth Regiment

1877-1894

1

32

Subseries VII: Society

 

 

 

Social

No date; 1890-1911

1

33

World’s Fair events

1892

1

34

Subseries VIII: Sons of the American Revolution

 

 

 

Sons of the American Revolution

1891-1894

1

35

Subseries IX: History

 

 

 

Colonial history

No date; 1892-1903

1

36

National Centennial Commemoration

1876

1

37

Colonist Day

1894-1910

1

38

Civil War

No date; 1861-1911

2

39

St. Paul’s Church

No date; 1891-1906

2

40

Belvedere

No date; 1904

2

41

Subseries X: Tugboat Douglas H. Thomas

 

 

 

Tugboat Douglas H. Thomas

1888-1891

2

42

Subseries XI: Obituaries & Biographical Articles

 

 

 

Obituaries

1892-1912

2

43

Gorman, Arthur Pue

1906

2

44

Kossuth, Louis

1892-1894

2

45

Marshall, Charles

1901, April 21

2

46

Marshall, John

1901

2

47

Morgan, John Pierpont

1913

2

48

Wallis, Severn Teackle

1894

2

49

Subseries XII: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

No date; 1878-1879

2

50

Series II: Numbered Newspaper Clippings

 

 

 

Subseries I: Side Lights on Maryland History, Maryland Heraldry, Virginia Heraldry

 

 

 

Pages 1-22

1904-1906

2

51

Pages 23-47

1904-1907

2

52

Pages 48-66

1904-1908

2

53

Subseries II: Obituaries, condolence letters, funeral programs

 

 

 

Pages 101-111

1888-1914

2

54

Pages 112-132

1883-1915

2

55

Pages 133-152

1901-1916

2

56

Subseries III: History, genealogy, etc.

 

 

 

Pages 153-166

1798-1913

2

57

Subseries IV: Index

 

 

 

Index

No date

2

58

Series III: Thomas Family

 

 

 

Douglas H. Thomas, Jr. sketchbook

1896, October-November

3

59

“Pilgrim Illustrations” by Emma C. Brewster Jones

Ca. 1906

3

60

Architectural sketches

No date

3

61

Series IV: Whitridge Family

 

 

 

Patty Atavis bill of sale

1839, August 8

3

62

John Whitridge will and related correspondence

No date; 1851

3

63

Correspondence

1858, October 5

3

64

 

 

 

 

 

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