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Maryland Historical Society
Library of Maryland History

Prints and Photographs Department

Finding aid for Subject Vertical File Photograph Collection
Cataloging and Digitization completed through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Special Thanks to Anne Stricker and George Gammie
About the Mellon Photograph Cataloging Project


What is the Vertical File?

Libraries use the term “vertical file” to describe collections of photographs, clippings, etc. arranged by subject matter and
housed in filing cabinets. Unlike our catalogued photographs, those in the vertical file are not arranged in collections by
source, or assigned catalog numbers.

At MdHS, our photograph vertical file is arranged in two sections: the Subject Vertical File, and the Portraits Vertical File. The total number of  items contained in both Vertical Files is 23,151. That includes 16,257 photoprints and 6,894 negatives.

This finding aid deals with photographs arranged by subject in a hierarchy that is alphabetical, geographical, and chronological.
Browse these web pages or use the Search Engine to locate specific subjects.

In some cases, dates do not indicate when the photographs were created, but may represent the date of the original item in the case of a reproduction photograph of artwork, or, in some cases, a date related to the origin of the subject.

A separate finding aid deals with Portraits of Individuals and Groups. Click here to see Portraits Vertical File finding aid.

Subject Vertical File Index

Browse alphabetically:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | W | Y
Or go directly to section on:
Allegany Co.
Anne Arundel Co.
Baltimore City
Baltimore Co.
Calvert Co.
Caroline Co.
Carroll Co.
Cecil Co.
Charles Co.
Dorchester Co.
Frederick Co.
Garrett Co.
Harford Co.
Howard Co.
Kent Co.
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Montgomery Co.
Prince George's Co.
Queen Anne's Co.
St. Mary's Co.
Somerset Co.
Talbot Co.
Washington Co.
Wicomico Co.
Worcester Co.

Collection is arranged alphabetically, by geographic location, and chronologically.
Click on hyperlinks throughout to see digital images, where available.
See Summary of Subject Vertical File

Click here for information on ordering reproductions

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