Philip H. Goodman Collection - PP104

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

ca. 1949-1965

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, December 1999


Philip H. Goodman (d. 1976) was a Baltimore Mayor and City Council member and a Maryland State Senator. Born in Poland, Goodman’s family emigrated to Baltimore when he was 6. He graduated from City College (1931) and earned a law degree at the University of Baltimore. As a student he was an accomplished athlete, competing in wrestling at the 1930 Olympic games in Palestine. He was also chosen to represent the United States at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, but Goodman, a Jew, declined to participate.

Goodman’s public service began in the 1940s with appointment as a police court magistrate. He ran for state Senate in 1950, unsuccessfully at first. Instead he was elected to the Baltimore City Council the following year from the Fifth district. He ran again for Senate, and won in 1954 and 1958. He resigned from the Senate in 1959, returning to the Baltimore City Council as its president on a ticket with Mayor Grady and Comptroller Graham. Goodman took over the mayoral post when Grady accepted a Supreme Court seat in 1959. Running for re-election in 1963, Goodman was defeated by McKeldin.

Goodman practiced law in Baltimore, founding the firm Goodman, Meagher and Enoch. He had one son, Gilbert Goodman, from his first marriage. His second wife was Dickee Howard Goodman.

Collection Origin

Gift of Gilbert Goodman, 1986 (001462).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 2 albums and 6 folders, containing a total of 74 photoprints dating from ca. 1949-1965. The first album contains 40 photoprints and is titled "Inauguration,Philip H. Goodman as President of the City Council of Baltimore, May 21, 1959". The second album contains 25 photoprints and is titled "Hon. Philip H. Goodman, Mayor of Baltimore, Dec. 6, 1962". Both albums contain newsclippings in addition to photographs and both lack captions and dates for the images included.

Images in the collection document the political career of Philip H. Goodman, Baltimore Mayor and City Council member and United States Senator, including the Dandy Fifth Democratic Organization and women participants in Goodman’s senatorial campaign. Goodman is pictured in many group, official, and ceremonial settings, with political figures and celebrities including Baltimore mayors Thomas D’Alessandro and William Donald Schaefer, Maryland governors Marvin Mandel and Theodore McKeldin, George Jessel, President John F. Kennedy, and Eleanor Roosevelt.


The photographs are arranged by subject in 2 albums and 6 folders. Most of the folders are labeled with an individual’s name, but often there are groups of people depicted in the photographs within.

Container List

1 Box

Folder 1: Leon Abramson
Abramson and Goodman at desk, n.d.

Folder 2: Thomas D’Alesandro
Group of men at Maryland Free State Ball, Lord Baltimore Hotel, 1955.

Folder 3: Marvin Mandel
Group of adults and children at unidentified groundbreaking ceremony, n.d.

Folder 4: Jack Portuey
Men at Dandy Fifth Democratic Organization banquet, 1949. 2 items. Both signed by Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr.

Folder 5: McKeldin
Group of men standing in field, some in uniform, wearing (military?) hardhats, 1955.

Folder 6: Unlabeled
Goodman with Georgie Jessel, n.d.; Group of women supporters for Goodman’s State Senate campaign, n.d.; Goodman and Eleanor Roosevelt, n.d. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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