Hoffman-Maryland Conservation Federation Collection - PP49

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

Not dated and ca. 1938-1951

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, October 1999



Harry Lee Hoffman, Jr. (1895-1980) was a nationally known conservationist. Charter member and first president of the Maryland Outdoor Life Federation, he chaired the organization’s first convention in 1934 at the Emerson Hotel in Baltimore. According to the organization’s 1939 Annual Report, their purpose was "to coordinate and stimulate interest in the State of Maryland’s outdoor life privileges and natural resources". Reorganized in 1950 as the Maryland Conservation Federation, the group promoted conservation legislation in Maryland, and organized outdoor life exhibitions (1938-1939 and 1960-1961). The shows in the 1930s drew over 300,000 visitors.

Mr. Hoffman was influential in the adoption of the Maryland Natural Resources Act, having overseen a statewide referendum on the issue of conservation. He served two terms on the Maryland Commission of Forests and Parks, which saw the establishment of Sandy Point, The Rocks, Susquehanna, and Gunpowder River state parks. Born in Baltimore, Hoffman attended the Maryland Institute, developing skills in advertising, printing, and public relations which proved useful in his conservation work. He ran his own firm known as H. Lee Hoffman Advertising, located at Charles and 22nd Streets.

A personal conservation project by Mr. Hoffman and his wife Charlotte Herbert Feast Hoffman was the establishment of their property, Ivy Hill Forest near Cockeysville, as a nature reserve. The land was sold or donated to Baltimore County, and is now known as Oregon Ridge Park.

Collection Origin

Gift of Charlotte F. Hoffman, 1981 (76053).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box containing 20 folders with 333 photoprints and 47 negatives. The main subject of the photographs is exhibitions sponsored by the Maryland Outdoor Life Federation and the Maryland Conservation Federation. These include the Outdoor Life Exhibition in 1939 and the Baltimore Flower Show in 1951, both at the Fifth Regiment Armory. The exhibit of 1951 includes many views of a proposed monument to conservation and restoration of land and water resources, which was in the shape of an oyster with several human figures, with the text: "As ye sow, ye shall reap". There are photographs of a Cherry Hill African American community meeting with Mayor D’Alessandro, ca. 1944. There are also images of the Ivy Hill Forest (Oregon Ridge Park), and a set of photographs taken in Maryland counties showing soil erosion and other conservation problems.

Note: Interfiled with the photographic materials are some non-photographic materials, including ephemera, printing proofs and advertisements.

Note: Related materials are found in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS. 2583, the Harry Lee Hoffman, Jr. Collection.


The photographs are arranged generally by subject, in the same groupings as when the materials came from the donor.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 20 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
From Envelope 1, marked "Plans & Maps for the Future Development.

14 items (5 negatives, 1 transparency). Includes Ivy Hill; negative photostats of architectural drawings and photographs of park buildings, shelters, markers, park bridges and campfire circles.

Box 1, Folder 2
From Envelope 2, marked "Photos Oyster Monument Balto. Flower Show 1951" (See also Envelope 4, below). 15 items (2 negatives).

Box 1, Folder 3
Outdoor Life Show, Not numbered, n.d. 14 items. Includes exhibition interior, with artificial pond, exhibits and people.

Box 1, Folder 4
Outdoor Life Show, Crohhardt "T-1" to "T-7", n.d. 7 items. Includes exhibits and people.

Box 1, Folder 5
Outdoor Life Show, "E1" to "E48", n.d. 48 items. Includes exhibits and people. (ONLY 37 PRINTS FOUND).

Box 1, Folder 6
Outdoor Life Show, "P4" to "P34", n.d. 24 items. Many close-up portraits of people connected with exhibition.

Box 1, Folder 7
Maryland Outdoor Life Show, "C2" to "C-13", 1939. 11 items. Exhibits and people, including igloos and people in Native American costumes.

Box 1, Folder 8
Outdoor Life Show, Sanders photographs 1-52, n.d. 48 items. Exhibits.

Box 1, Folder 9
Envelope 4, Flower Show, Photostats, 1951. 4 items. Plans and drawings of proposed monument (negative photostats).

Box 1, Folder 10
Envelope 4, Flower Show, Photos of drawings, 1951. 10 items. Plans and drawings of proposed monument.

Box 1, Folder 11
Envelope 4, Flower Show, 1951 (see also Envelope 2). 15 items. Groups of people in connection with proposed monument.

Box 1, Folder 12
"As ye sow. . . ". 2 items. Design for monument.

Box 1, Folder 13
Envelope 8, Conservation photos, n.d. 67 items. Sites of erosion and other conservation problems in Maryland counties including Baltimore, Washington, Frederick, and Anne Arundel (privately held farms identified by owner and town; some people included, usually identified). Includes Western Run and Bosley Merryman’s farm in Baltimore Co.

Box 1, Folder 14
Envelope 9, Cherry Hill Mass meeting, ca. 1944. 10 items. Meeting of African American community group at unidentified shopping center in Cherry Hill. Parade views with Mayor D’Alessandro.

Box 1, Folder 15
Envelope 10, 1939 Show. 48 items. Includes exhibits, artificial pond under construction, and many portraits of exhibition officials and exhibitors.

Box 1, Folder 16
Envelope 11, Negatives. 4 items. Port Covington, Scarlett Seeds ad, 1939 Outdoor Life Show ad, Daily Record Building.

Box 1, Folder 17
Ad for Scarlett Seeds. 1 item.

Box 1, Folder 18
Envelope 12, "As ye Sow. . . ". 1 item. Photo of plaque.

Box 1, Folder 19
Envelope 13, Chesapeake Bay proofs. 2 items.

Box 1, Folder 20.
Negatives. 35 items. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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