Finding Aid to the H. Graham Wood Manuscript Collection, 1812-1990, MS 3173

Finding Aid to the H. Graham Wood Manuscript Collection, 1812-1990, MS 3173  

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

H. Graham Wood Manuscript Collection

Creator

Wood, Howard Graham

Call number

MS 3173

Inclusive dates

1812-1990

Bulk dates

Ca. 1860-1960

Extent

4 boxes

Abstract

Contains research materials compiled by H. Graham Wood for his studies on steamboats and his book, “Steamboats out of Baltimore.”

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

Gift of H. Graham Wood, 1998?

Accession number

None

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, May, 2015

 

Biographical Note

H. Graham Wood (1910-1998) was a steamboat enthusiast who was devoted to documenting those that operated on the Chesapeake Bay. Wood was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in the Roland Park neighborhood almost his entire life. He attended the Gilman School and Johns Hopkins University. After he completed his law degree at the University of Maryland, he went to work as a trust officer at the First National Bank of Maryland, where he worked until his retirement in 1975. He married Clara Gertrude Beecher in 1939 and had two children, Robert G. Wood and Virginia Wood (Delauney). After the death of Gertrude, he married Florence Tottle Frey in 1977.

In his spare time, Wood studied steamboats. He had become interested in their history and mechanics after witnessing the burning of the “Three Rivers” as a teenager in 1924 from aboard the “Middlesex,” which helped rescue passengers from the burning boat. His passion led him to join the Steamship Historical Society of America, for which he served as treasurer from 1951 to 1999, and the Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society. He also helped found the Roland Park Little League in 1952 and played baseball, softball, and basketball into his 50’s. He was also involved with the Johns Hopkins and Elkridge Clubs.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains research materials compiled by H. Graham Wood for his studies on steamboats and his book, “Steamboats out of Baltimore.” This includes detailed notes on the various steamboat lines that operated on the Chesapeake Bay, including their routes, schedules, and captains. Wood also collected ephemera and publications on the topic of steamboats, which represent a significant part of the collection.

The collection is arranged in four series: Research Notes and Data, Steamboat and Transportation Ephemera, Articles and Publications, and Scrapbooks and Bound Volumes. The folder titles in Series I reflect the categories given by Wood. These documents were originally held in labeled manila envelopes. Series II is organized alphabetically by company names, and Series III is arranged by category of article. Photograph albums related to this collection were removed to the H. Graham Wood Photograph Collection, PP299.

Related Collections:

H. Graham Wood Photograph Collection, PP299

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Research Notes and Data

 

 

 

Steamboats

No date

1

1

Steamboat company flags

No date

1

2

Steamboat schedules by route

1820-ca. 1950

1

3

Steamboat schedules by years

1820-1940

1

4

Steamboat routes and schedules

No date

1

5

Baltimore steamboat schedules and captains

1820-1939

1

6

Baltimore steamboat schedules and captains

1820-1939

1

7

Steamboat captains, engineers, and pursers

No date

1

8

Wharves and piers

No date

1

9

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

10

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

11

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

12

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

13

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

14

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

15

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

16

Shipbuilders: Federal Hill and Locust Point – Enrollments, inspections, carpenters’ certificates, boats built in Baltimore; excerpts from The Sun and Niles Weekly Register

1812-1867

1

17

Tolchester Beach Import Company - Minutes of Directors and Stockholders

1898-1936

1

18

Miscellaneous research notes

No date

1

19

Miscellaneous photographs

No date

1

20

Series II: Steamboat & Transportation Ephemera

 

 

 

Baltimore and Eastern Railroad Company ephemera

1931

2

21

Baltimore and Philadelphia Steamboat Company ephemera

No date; 1911

2

22

Baltimore and Virginia Steamboat Company ephemera

No date

2

23

Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railway Company ephemera

No date; 1900-1920

2

24

Baltimore Steam Packet Company ephemera

No date

2

25

Chesapeake Steamship Company ephemera

No date

2

26

Claiborne-Annapolis Ferry ephemera

1930-1935

2

27

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad ephemera

Ca. 1947

2

28

Miscellaneous ephemera

No date

2

29

Norfolk, Baltimore and Carolina Line, Inc. ephemera

Ca. 1956

2

30

Queen Anne’s Railroad ephemera

1902

2

31

Streetcar ephemera

No date; 1984

2

32

Tolchester Company ephemera

No date; 1911-1936

2

33

Tolchester Lines ephemera

1937-1940

2

34

Weems Steamboat Company ephemera

Ca. 1898

2

35

Western Shore Steamboat Company ephemera

1935

2

36

Boat sales brochures

No date; 1959

2

37

Series III: Articles and Publications

 

 

 

Articles by H. Graham Wood

1947-1969

2

38

Baltimore harbor articles and publications

No date; 1894-1955

3

39

Shipbuilding articles and publications

1957

3

40

Steamship articles and publications

No date; 1943-1947

3

41

Steamship articles and publications

1951-1964

3

42

Steamship articles and publications

1969-1990

3

43

Football articles and publications

1959

3

44

Thomas Beck articles and publications

1985

3

45

Series IV: Scrapbooks and Bound Volumes

 

 

 

“Very Important Data on 312 Baltimore Steamboats” by H. Graham Wood

No date

4

 

“A History of the Steamboats on Chesapeake Bay,” articles by Emily Lantz

1907-1908

4

 

“Bay steamboats” by H. Graham Wood

No date

4

 

Steamboat ephemera scrapbook

Ca. 1860-1960

4

 

“City of Norfolk” cabin numbers

No date

4

 

 

Games