Woodward Family Photograph Collection, PP305

Finding Aid to the Woodward Family Photograph Collection ca 1890s-1968, PP305

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

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Collection summary

Title

Woodward Family Photograph Collection

Creator

Thomas M. Bancroft, Jr.

Call number

PP305

Inclusive dates

Ca 1890s – 1968

Extent

1 box and 1 item in Medium Photographs

Abstract

The Woodward Family Photograph Collection consists of photographs of the Woodward family of Maryland. From 1898 – 1957, the Woodward Family owned Belair Mansion and estate, an important site for thoroughbred horse breeding for three centuries. Related manuscript materials can be found in MS 3177, Woodward Family Manuscript Collection.

Administrative summary 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Mr. Thomas M. Bancroft, Jr.

Accession number

7009

Processing note

Processed by Nicole Wise and Damon Talbot, October 2015

Related Collections

Woodward Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3177 

Historical Note 

The Belair Mansion in Bowie, Maryland was built for colonial Governor Samuel Ogle around 1745 and encompassed nearly 2,500 acres. New York banker and President of Hanover Bank James T. Woodward purchased the estate in 1898 and immediately revitalized it by including a new addition of the Belair stable building. James T. Woodward's nephew, William Woodward, Sr. inherited Belair after James’ death and continued the family's involvement in thoroughbred horse racing. Raising multiple prize thoroughbreds during this period, the Belair Estate was home for the 1930 and the 1935 Triple Crown winners, father and son Gallant Fox and Omaha, and the 1955 "Horse of the Year," Nashua. The Belair Mansion was sold by the Woodward family in 1956, placed on the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1977, underwent restorations in the 1980s, and opened as a museum in 1995. 

Scope and Content 

The Woodward Family Photograph Collection consists of 28 photographs of various members of the Woodward family, mostly William Woodward, Sr., his wife Elsie and their children. There is also a photograph of “Sunny” Fitzsimmons, William Woodward’s long time horse trainer, and images of Belair mansion. Mr. Thomas M. Bancroft, Jr., grandson of William Woodward, collected and donated the collection to the Maryland Historical Society. The photographs are arranged chronologically.

Container List

Description

Date

Image ID

Box

Elsie and Edith Cyder. Elsie would marry William Woodward

circa 1890s

PP305.01

1

Edith Woodward; She was William Woodward's sister

circa 1890s

PP305.02

1

The Three Cryder tripletss circa 1900, From Left to right - Edith - Elsie - Ethel; Elsie married William Woodward

circa 1900

PP305.03

1

William Woodward in Center

1904

PP305.04

1

William Woodward

1904

PP305.05

1

William Woodward on right, at Newport, RI

circa 1904

PP305.06

1

Southhampton, NY, summer of 1905, William Woodward and his wife Elsie Cryder Woodward, who is holding their oldest daughter Edith Woodward

Summer 1905

PP305.07

1

Two Woodward daughters, Edith Woodward - standing; Elizabeth Woodward - seated

1909

PP305.08

1

Mrs. William Woodward [Elsie Cryder]

circa 1910

PP305.09

1

Mrs. William Woodward [Elsie Cryder] at Newport, RI

circa 1910

PP305.10

1

Woodward house on Ruggles Avenue, Newport, RI, summer of 1913; Three of the Woodward daughters. From left to right, Elizabeth - Sara - Edith

Summer 1913

PP305.11

1

Left to right, Mrs. William Woodward - Count Von Bernstoff -  Mrs. Lathrop Ames at Newport, RI

1914

PP305.12

1

Mrs. William Woodward [Elsie Cryder] at Bailey's Beach, Newport, RI

1915

PP305.13

1

Mr. & Mrs. William Woodward with their five children. From left - Edith - Sally - William Jr. - Ethel - Elizabeth

circa 1921

PP305.14

1

William Woodward on vacation in Phoenix, Arizona

1930

PP305.15

1

William Woodward seated with his wife Elsie Woodward and his trainer "Sunny" Jim Fitzsimmons at Aqueduct race track [half of photograph missing]

1931

PP305.16

1

Mrs. William Woodward on the left and Mrs. Vera Whitehouse at Belmont Park race track

1932

PP305.17

1

Mrs. William Woodward with her daughter Ethel Woodward at Jamaica race track

Apr-34

PP305.18

1

Mrs. William Woodward on left with Mr. & Mrs. Widener at Belmont Park race track

Oct-35

PP305.19

1

William Woodward in center at Belair with his daughter, son-in-law and two of his grandchildren. From left William Woodward Bancroft - Thomas M. Bancroft - Edith Woodward Bancroft - Thomas M. Bancroft Jr. [color photograph]

circa 1939

PP305.20

1

Belair, from the drive in the 1940s (Photo image 326, Photo from City of Bowie Museums, Belair Mansion, Do not reproduce without the permission of the City of Bowie Museum)

circa 1940s

PP305.21

1

Belair, from the from driveway

circa 1950

PP305.22

1

"Sunny" Jim Fitzsimmons, William Woodward's long time trainer with jockey Eddie Arcarro

circa 1955

PP305.23

1

Belair, aerial view (Photo image 244, Photo from City of Bowie Museums, Belair Mansion, Do not reproduce without the permission of the City of Bowie Museum)

c. 1957

PP305.24

1

Mrs. William Woodward presenting the trophy to the winner of the Woodward Stakes at Aqueduct race track

September 29, 1962

PP305.25

1

Mrs. William Woodward and her grandson William Woodward, III at Saratoga race track to watch Damascus win the Travers

August 1968

PP305.26

1

Belair

not dated

PP305.27

1

Belair, Bowie, MD

not dated

PP305.28

Medium Photographs

Games