Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection, 1955.3; 1978.18 – Baltimore City Life Museum Collection

Maryland Historical Society
Special Collections Department
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-685-3750 x359; specialcollections@mdhs.org

Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection, 1955.3; 1978.18

Circa 1908 -1940s

BALTIMORE CITY LIFE MUSEUM COLLECTION

Finding Aid

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Processing note: Processed by Veronica Morales and Damon Talbot, June 2016.

Collection Origin

Collection was acquired in 1955 and 1978 by the Peale Museum from William Calder Harris: Acc# 1955.3; Acc# 1978.18. In 1997 the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding. Their collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.

Scope and Content

The Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection consists of six boxes of 137 glass and film negatives, depicting life in Baltimore in the first half of the 20th century. The negatives encompass photographs of special family moments, like opening Christmas gifts blowing out birthday candles and trips to the beach, photographs of women, home interiors and exteriors, construction sites, businesses and cityscapes of Baltimore during World War II. Most are unidentified. Identified locations include Towson Court House, Maryland Academy of Sciences, War Memorial Plaza, and Mt. Vernon Methodist Church.

Box 5 and 6 contain damaged glass negatives and are restricted from public use

Addition photographs from the Robert L. Harris collection were given the Item ID – MC####, and added to the BCLM Glass Plate Collection prior to the Peale Museum’s closing in 1998. These are noted in the finding aid and can be located through the MdHS library catalog and through the BCLM Glass Plate Negative Collection page.

Container List

Description

Date

Format

Item ID

Box

 

 

 

 

 

Towson Court House. Front Façade [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.1

Box 5

[Photographs not part of this collection, can be found in the BCLM Glass Plate and Film Negative Collections]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negatives, film negatives

1955.3.2 - .35 [MC####]

n/a

Maryland Academy of Sciences, Cathedral Street and Franklin Street, exterior [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED](related photographs-MC2801)

ca 1908

glass negative

1955.3.36

Box 5

[Photographs not part of this collection, can be found in the BCLM Glass Plate and Film Negative Collections]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negatives, film negatives

1955.3.37 - .63 [MC####]

n/a

Barye, Lion and Small Boy [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED] (related photographs - MC2902)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.64

Box 5

[Photographs not part of this collection, can be found in the BCLM Glass Plate and Film Negative Collections]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negatives, film negatives

1955.3.65 - .70 [MC####]

n/a

Merchants Club, Redwood Street [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED] (related photographs - MC2903)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.71

Box 5

[Photographs not part of this collection, can be found in the BCLM Glass Plate and Film Negative Collections]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negatives, film negatives

1955.3.72 - .133 [MC####]

n/a

Ox teams Suburban Setting

1921

film negative

1955.3.134

Box 1

Ox teams Suburban Setting

1921

film negative

1955.3.135

Box 1

Ox teams Suburban Setting

1921

film negative

1955.3.136

Box 1

Ox teams - Rural Setting

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1955.3.137

Box 1

Unidentified House Interior : Stairwell

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.138

Box 1

Stair: unidentified house interior Stairwell & Hall

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.139

Box 1

"jug bridge" near Frederick

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.140

Box 1

Coat of Arms (photographer notes on lower left corner )

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.141

Box 1

Unidentified exterior of building ; viewed from rear w/ fence

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1955.3.142

Box 1

War Memorial pose - small sculpture

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.143

Box 1

Annpolis - Building on state house cir.

 

film  negative

1955.3.144

Box 1

Painted Portrait of younf man

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.145

Box 1

Coat of Arms (same view as 1955.3.141 w/photographer notes on lower left corner )

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.146

Box 1

Doorway of Unidentified house - interior

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.147

Box 1

Middleham P. E. Church - Calvert County MD ( Id by comparison w/ similar 1937 HABS Photograph)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.148

Box 1

Unidentified building - 1 story greek revival Maybe bank? Notary public sign on window

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1955.3.149

Box 1

Middleham P. E. Church - Calvert County MD

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.150

Box 1

[PHOTOGRAPH MISSING]

 

glass negative

[1955.3.151]

n/a

Façade of building w/ads 9 federal period house)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.152

Box 1

Interior doorway, unidentified location

not date

glass negative

1955.3.153

Box 1

Unidentified Church and graveyard (rural)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.154

Box 1

Building being demolished on Courtland st. (see .152 probably a before shot)

not date

glass negative

1955.3.155

Box 1

Building being demolished on Courtland st. (see .152 probably a before shot) - rear

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.156

Box 1

[Dock Scene] [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

lantern slide

1955.3.157

Box 5

[Unidentified scene overlooking a river] [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.158

Box 5

Chase House, Annapolis, front steps [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

lantern slide

1955.3.159

Box 5

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1955.3.160- 1955.3.174]

n/a

Sculpture Show [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

1908

glass negative

1955.3.175

Box 5

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1955.3.166]

Box 5

Barrage Baloon over Balto. - First W. War

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1955.3.177

Box 1

Barrage Baloon over Balto. - First W. War

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1955.3.178

Box 1

Unidentified subarban road w/view of house -cracked)

not datd

glass negative

1955.3.179

Box 1

Unidentified subarban road w/view of house - cracked see .179)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.180

Box 1

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1955.3.181 - 1955.3.188]

n/a

Riggs National Bank, Washington, DC  [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.189

Box 5

Riggs National Bank, Washington, DC  [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.190

Box 6

Riggs National Bank, Washington, DC  [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1955.3.191

Box 6

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.01 - 1978.18.11]

n/a

Mt. Vernon Place - Mt Vernon Methodist at night

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.12

Box 1

Partial facade

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.13

Box 1

Unidentified Building - classical style

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.14

Box 1

Coffee shoppe Restaurant, original form (c.f. #16-17)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.15

Box 1

Coffee shoppe Restaurant, remodeled (1930s NRA sign in window)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.16

Box 1

Coffee shoppe restaurant (compare 15 and 16)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.17

Box 1

Store next Joe Lee Laundry (see 19 +20) on chestnut avenue

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.18

Box 1

Laudry of L.F. Joe, 3309 Chestnut Ave ( 1930 city directory see also #20)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.19

Box 1

Joe Lee Laundry, 3307 1/2 Chestnut ave now a brick building

not datd

film negative

1978.18.20

Box 1

Church in woods, unidentified

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.21

Box 1

Unidentified Rural church se also 23 + 24

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.22

Box 1

Unidentified Rural church se also

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.23

Box 1

Unidentified rural church

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.24

Box 1

unidentified rural church

not datd

film negative

1978.18.25

Box 1

Country house, not indentified (not in Swann's Colonial Historic Homes) ( Not in Formans early manor) see also 27 + 28

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.26

Box 1

Unidentified Country House

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.27

Box 1

Unidentified Country House

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.28

Box 1

Mt. Clare in South Balto ( no date no safety film)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.29

Box 1

House with spiral stairs

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.30

Box 1

Unidentified whatsit (bridge foundation, primitavie furnace) see also 32

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.31

Box 1

[PHOTOGRAPH MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.32]

n/a

Massive Art deco building - relief of agricultural activities unidentified

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.33

Box 1

Unidentified building (sante office in washington?)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.34

Box 1

Horse carriage and tall building in the background

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.35

Box 1

Skyscraper unidentified ( forground sugest NW city hall)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.36

Box 1

Architectural Elevation of church (interior signed and ted 1925. impressed stamp James C Zell, Balto)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.37

Box 1

Architectural drawing of trumphal arch signed by T.H. Yardley Jr. 1928 charcoal - club atelier

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.38

Box 1

Outdoor scene / buildings ( residences) cottage style craftsmen  unidentified

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.39

Box 1

Druid Hill Mansion house with a sailor, woman and two children

1917

film negative

1978.18.40

Box 1

Fountain in front of druid hill mansion with soldier woman and four children

1917

film negative

1978.18.41

Box 1

Mt. Vernon

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.42

Box 1

Stone houses on rural street

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.43

Box 1

Locomotive "pioneer", Penna RR

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.44

Box 1

Biplane in field with a crowd of spectators

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.45

Box 1

Unidentified interior, fireplace with Christmas décor [scratched and faded]

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.46

Box 1

Christmas Scene interior a child playing with blocks)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.47

Box 2

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.48-.1978.18.57]

n/a

Outdoor scene - group posed in rocks

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.58

Box 2

Outdoor scene - group posed in rocks

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.59

Box 2

Seascape (view of surf)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.60

Box 2

Seascape (view of surf)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.61

Box 2

Seascape (view of surf)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.62

Box 2

View of overlooking river

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.63

Box 2

Farmer cutting hay

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.64

Box 2

Hay Field

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.65

Box 2

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.66-.1978.18.67]

n/a

"Lion" Barye [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.68

Box 6

[PHOTOGRAPH MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.69]

n/a

Lion (Relief)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.70

Box 2

"military Courage" - statue  Mt Vernon Place

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.71

Box 2

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.72- 1978.18.77]

n/a

Sculpture from 1908 natl' Sculpture Soc. Exhibit see MxD for description woman holding youth wreath in raised hand

1908

glass negative

1978.18.78

Box 2

Sculpture from 1908 show

1908

glass negative

1978.18.79

Box 2

Graveyard - Moale family plot (?) includes tombstones for Richard Moale and John Moale

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.80

Box 2

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.81]

n/a

Key Monument Eutaw Place at night

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.82

Box 2

Lincoln Memorial ( detail of Lincoln ) DC

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.83

Box 2

Lincoln Memorial DC

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.84

Box 2

Washington Place South Fountain - Looking NW

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.85

Box 2

Washington Place South Fountain - before relandscaping in 1916, showing the "lily fountain" + Stafford Hotel

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.86

Box 2

Unidentified Monument DC

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.87

Box 2

Ceremony at unidentifed monument ( same as 1978.18.89)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.88

Box 2

Ceremony at unidentifed monument ( flaming sword) honoring veterans/dead, post WW II

ca 1940s

film negative

1978.18.89

Box 2

[Portrait of two elderly woman] [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.90

dam

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.91 - 1978.18.98]

n/a

[Portrait of a man] [DAMAGED] [RESTRICTED] [2 negatives stuck together]

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.99

Box 6

[PHOTOGRAPHS MISSING]

n/a

n/a

[1978.18.100 - 1978.18.117]

n/a

Portrait -  Woman, seated above waist

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.8.118

Box 2

Portrait -  Woman, profile above waist (we have 8x10 same view) 

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.119

Box 2

Woman - seated (interior) full size profile

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.120

Box 2

Woman - profile (head and schoulders)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.121

Box 2

Woman Portrait -seated at windows ( above waist)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.122

Box 2

Portrait - woman (head and shoulders)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.123

Box 2

Portrait - woman above waist

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.124

Box 2

Portrait Woman seated 3/4 length

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.125

Box 2

Portrait/Woman - standing  (above waist)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.126

Box 2

Portrait/Woman - standing  (above waist)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.127

Box 2

Portrait woman-head and shoulders

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.128

Box 2

Portrait woman - head and shoulders

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.129

Box 2

Portrait woman -kimono (seated) above waist 

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.130

Box 2

Portrait - woman (interior) standing dressed in gown

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.131

Box 2

Standing woman in long skirt in same room as 1978.18.196

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.132

Box 3

Portrait of woman (head and shoulders) wearing fur

ca 1908-1940s

glassnegative

1978.18.133

Box 3

Young woman standing 3/4 length in costume

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.134

Box 3

Seated woman with furs and long skirt

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.135

Box 3

Woman in evening dress, on sofa holding cigarrette

ca 1940s

film negative

1978.18.136

Box 3

Woman seated on couch wearing a gown

ca 1940s

film negative

1978.18.137

Box 3

Woman in evenign dress on stairs

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.138

Box 3

Woman on stairs wearing a full length gown

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.139

Box 3

young woman , bust length (not studio)

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.140

Box 3

Young  woman 1/2 length in blouse and skirt 

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.141

Box 3

Woman in hat and coat by plymouth car

1940?

film negative

1978.18.142

Box 3

Portrait woman (profile) old woman in glasses (head and shoulder)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.143

Box 3

Portrait (woman) duplicate of .143 old woman head and shoulder profile

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.144

Box 3

Portrait woman (see .143 - .144) old woman head and shoulders

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.145

Box 3

Portrait/Woman - seated - old woman in formal dress  3/4 length view in Harris' home?

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.146

Box 3

Portrait woman in dress standing before a wooden fence (view above knees)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.147

Box 3

Painting /portrait - woman (photo of daguerretrype)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.148

Box 3

Woman and child (interrior) birthday cake 1 candle - 1st birthdaye

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.149

Box 3

Woman and child - 2-3 year old -standing Woman holding child 

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.150

Box 3

Woman an child (outdoors -bach) 4 exposures on plate see .150-.155) 

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.151

Box 3

Portrait at the beach -woman and child see.150-155 (broken /chipped - lower R hand corner)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.152

Box 3

Woman and child by the sea (see .150-.155)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.153

Box 3

Man and child at beach with boat

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.154

Box 3

Man and child at beach with boat

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.155

Box 3

Child at the sea shore on a boat

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.156

Box 3

Child at the sea shore with pail and shovel

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.157

Box 3

Child on rocking horse - baby (portrait)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.158

Box 3

Portrait /baby close up: baby on rocking chair

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.159

Box 3

Baby in chair with wheels budled up in clothing

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.160

Box 3

Portrait/baby in chair very young

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.161

Box 3

Portrait young boy - wearing a sweater above waist

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.162

Box 3

Portrait - child (in boat at beach)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.163

Box 3

Little girl at beach

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.164

Box 3

Standing child (wearing a hat by a teddy bear)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.165

Box 3

Little girl standing before a wood fence holding a dog

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.166

Box 3

Young girl in rocking chair

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.167

Box 4

Girl out of doors (hat and high buttoned shoes)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.168

Box 4

Half length young girl bow on chest

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.169

Box 4

Girl  seated at table working with pencil; checked smock

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.170

Box 4

little girl in low waisted dress

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.171

Box 4

Baby standing - profile of man pointing at camera

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.172

Box 4

Seated child with doll (interrior)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.173

Box 4

Young girl in garden holding umbrella

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.174

Box 4

Child picking flowers - backyard (harris' house?)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.175

Box 4

Little girl running out of doors

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.176

Box 4

Child at window by shelves on shich architectural record

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.177

Box 4

portrait of young girl standing

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.178

Box 4

Portrait of seated girl

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.179

Box 4

Girl same as in .179standing by rocking chair

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.180

Box 4

Girl in chair as in .179 and .180

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.181

Box 4

Child ("all dressed up" - hat and muff standing on rowhouse porch) 

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.182

Box 4

Two children, by house door in clown costumes - halloween ?)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.183A

Box 4

Girl in hat holding closed umbrella (lower L hand corner chipped)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.183B

Box 4

Girl in hat see. 183

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.184

Box 4

Girl in hat (bust length)

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.185

Box 4

Girl seated reading - lace collar and ribbon

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.186

Box 4

Girl seated hands in lap

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.187

Box 4

Teenage girl in polka dot dress 1/2 length

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.188

Box 4

Girl standing in interrior

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.189

Box 4

Half length girl in hat

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.190

Box 4

Roadside group (2 autos- 7 adults and 1 child 1915 on plate )

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.191

Box 4

painting of robed man -signed Marie Deford kellery

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.192

Box 4

Painting of seated man , moustach + rumpled hair signed Marie Deford Kelley

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.193

Box 4

Framed painting of peasants on road by jan Van Goyen

ca 1908-1940s

glass negative

1978.18.194

Box 4

Unsigned painting portrait of old man - head and shoulders

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.195

Box 4

Young man in 3 piece suit standing in living room

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.196

Box 4

Yooung man 3/4 length reading

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.197

Box 4

US army sergeant's uniform, Aleutian islands patch

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.198

Box 4

Head and shoulders marked unfinished

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.199

Box 4

Architectural rendering by John F Carne Jr. Charcoal Club Atelier end wing for an embassy building

ca 1908-1940s

film negative

1978.18.200

Box 4

Games