Mary Josephs Fowler Collection- PP66

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

ca. 1870-1915

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, November 1999



Mary Josephs Fowler (1883-1980) was born in New Orleans, and her family moved to Baltimore during her childhood, summering near Newport, R.I. Mary graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1902. As an adult, she worked as a volunteer for the Family Welfare Association and went to France during World War I, where she was a Red Cross canteen worker and an assistant nurse at the front line near Soissons. In 1926, she married architect Laurence Hall Fowler, and they lived in the Tuscany-Canterbury section of Baltimore.

Laurence Hall Fowler (1876-1971) was born in Catonsville, the son of Judge David and Mary Brinkley Fowler. He took degrees from the Johns Hopkins University (1898) and Columbia University (1902) and studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Best known in Maryland as the designer the War Memorial in Baltimore and the Hall of Records in Annapolis, Laurence Fowler’s architectural work included many private residences, and the Library at Evergreen House. He donated his collection of rare architectural books to the Johns Hopkins University in 1944.

Collection Origin

Bequest of Mary Josephs Fowler, 1981 (76138).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 9 folders containing 21 photoprints originating ca. 1870-1915. The subjects include historic houses in Maryland, and group portraits (many with people identified) made at the home of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Cornell in Coburg, Canada ca. 1893-1895. Another portrait depicts a Mrs. Spencer with Mary Josephs, made at the Caruso Theater ca. 1890.

Note: The collection also contains ca. 13 folders on non-photographic materials: 19th century engravings, and ca. 30 pieces of printed ephemera including Mary Josephs’ passport dated 1917, greeting cards, programs, calendars, and items pertaining to the Charcoal Club’s Bal des Arts.

Note: Related materials are found in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS.1876.3, the Laurence Hall Fowler Collection, 1878-1971; MS. 1940, the Fowler Papers; and MS. 2794, the Mary Josephs Fowler Papers.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 9 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
PP66.1 – Unidentified house, Annapolis, ca. 1890.

Box 1, Folder 2
PP66.2 – Frances Jacobs, ca. 1780 miniature (ca. 1870 copy).

PP66.4 – Unidentified woman with paisley shawl, ca. 1890.

Box 1, Folder 3
PP66.3 – Mrs. (Lorilad?) Spencer and Mary Josephs seated in tableau at Caruso Theater, ca. 1890.

Box 1, Folder 4
PP66.5 – Oaklands (house), interior, Laurel, Md., ca. 1915.

PP66.6 – Harrison Street, Baltimore, ca. 1915.

Box 1, Folder 5
PP66.7 – House of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Cornell, Coburg, Canada, ca. 1895.

PP66.8 – House of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Cornell, Coburg, Canada, ca. 1895.

Box 1, Folder 6
PP66.9 – House of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Cornell, dining room, Coburg, Canada, ca. 1895.

PP66.10 – House of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Cornell, entrance hall, Coburg, Canada, ca. 1895.

PP66.11 – House of Col. and Mrs. Douglas Cornell, parlor with people seated, Coburg, Canada, ca. 1895.

Box 1, Folder 7
PP66.12 – Group portrait at home of Col. Douglas Cornell, Coburg, Canada, ca. 1893. People identified; includes Col. and Mrs. Cornell and L.H. Fowler.

PP66.13 – Group portrait: "A trout breakfast at Baltimore (near Coburg) Canada", 1893. People identified.

PP66.14 – Group portrait, ca. 1893. People identified; includes Mary Carroll Hill and J.E. Howard Post.

PP66.15-.17 – Group portraits, ca. 1893. People not identified.

Box 1, Folder 8
PP66.18 – Belair (house), Prince George’s Co., Md., ca. 1915.

PP66.19 – Mt. Airy (house), Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s Co., Md., ca. 1915.

Box 1, Folder 9
PP66.20 – Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, ca. 1915.

PP66.21 – Unidentified landscape, ca. 1915. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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