Library News & Updates 2013

12/26/13 - Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen Collection now processed. 

12/20/13 - Frank H. Robinson Collection now open to researchers. 

12/18/13 - Louis A.M. Krause Photograph Collection now available.

12/16/13 - New collections available to researchers. 

12/9/13 - Two collections now open for research. 

12/6/13 - N. Louise Young Photograph and Manuscript Collections now available to researchers.

12/3/13 - World War II correspondence collection now available to researchers.

12/2/13 - Shoemaker Family Printed Ephemera Collection now available.

11/25/13 - Baltimore magician ephemera collection now available.

11/18/13 - Finding aid created for the Alexander Hamilton Papers.

11/14/13 - The papers of Judge Morris Ames Soper now open to researchers by special appointment.

11/12/13 - Three new collections available relating to Baltimore City College.

11/7/13 - Despeaux-Mitchell Photograph and Manuscript Collection now available

11/6/13 - Clayton-Evans Family Papers now available

11/4/13 - Wilmer-Hoffman-Deford Photograph and Manuscript Collections now available.

11/1/13 - Bonaparte Book collection now available

10/30/13 - Cheston-Chew account books now available for research.

10/22/13 - Cohen Family Papers collection now inventoried.

10/21/13 - United States Sanitary Commission photograph collection now open to researchers.

10/18/13 - Sanford Family Photograph Collection now available.

10/15/13 - St. Mary's Govans Catholic Church and Cemetery record books now available.

10/10/13 - Julius Sangston Clarke Carte de Visite Collection now available

9/25/13 - Political ephemera collections now inventoried and open to researchers.

9/24/13 - Robert R. Hudson Governors of Maryland collection now available for research.

9/9/13 - The Robert Kniesche Manuscript Collection and the Sparrows Point Cyanotype Collection are now available.

9/5/13 - J. Reaney Kelly photograph collection now available.

9/3/13 - William Bose Marye photograph collection newly processed.

8/29/13 - New World War II collections now available.

8/16/13 - Dashiell Family Papers now open for research.

6/7/13 - Oral history listening station now available in the library

5/3/13 - Acosta, Moulton, Ridgely Family Papers collection now open to researchers.

4/24/13 - Manuscript on Baltimore's earliest Chinese families available for research.

3/28/13 - Inventory list now available for the Peale/BCLM Collection 8x10 Works on Paper.

3/22/13 - Collection of ship logbooks from the 1800's now available.

3/01/13 - Finding aid created for the Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe Collection. 

2/28/13 - War of 1812-related collection now open for research.

1/11/13 - New finding aid created for World War II-related collection.

1/08/13 - Extensive photograph collection of Baltimore City buildings now available.

1/02/13 - Two newly processed collections available for research use.


12/26/13 - Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen Collection now processed. 

The Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson Post Shippen collection (MS 3144) primarily contains correspondence written to Rebecca Shippen, as well as ephemera saved by the family. Shippen was a prominent member of Baltimore society, most known for her participation in the Brown Veil Club. 

12/20/13 - Frank H. Robinson Collection now open to researchers. 

The Frank H. Robinson collection (MS 3143) contains various items collected by the donor, Frank H. Robinson. 

12/18/13 - The Louis A.M. Krause Photograph Collection now available.

PP254, Louis A.M. Krause Photograph Collection contains photographs related to Baltimore Dr. Louis Krause's personal and professional life. Krause worked at many Baltimore hospitals including Provident Hospital, and was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. 

12/16/13 - New collections available to researchers. 

The Caleb Winslow Collection (MS 3142contains various passes and permissions for Dr. Winslow in Virginia and North Carolina during the Civil War. Winslow was a prominent family physician who practiced in North Carolina and Baltimore, Maryland. 

Robert W. Wayland Collection (MS 3145) contains correspondence and ephemera related to Robert W. Wayland’s participation in various yachting clubs in Maryland and his service to the North American Yacht Racing Union as an Executive Committee member.

12/9/13 - Two collections now open for research. 

The William M. Andersen World War I collection (MS 3140) contains documents relating to Andersen's service with the Quartermaster Corps during World War I. 

The Diary of Frank Rush Webb (MS 3141) chronicles the composer's time at the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, Ohio during 1877. This diary fills in some of the gaps in MS 1015, the Frank Rush Webb diaries collection. 

12/6/13 - N. Louise Young Photograph and Manuscript Collections now available to researchers.

Two collections, PP283, N. Louise Young Photograph Collection and MS 3137, N. Louise Young Manuscript Collection, related to Dr. N. Louise Young, the first practicing female African-American physician in Maryland are now processed.

12/3/13 - World War II correspondence collection now available to researchers.

The George Blakiston World War II collection (MS 3139) contains letters from Captain George Blakiston to his friend, William Hughlett Naylor from 1942 to 1944 about his military service in World War II.

12/2/13 - Shoemaker Family Printed Ephemera Collection now available.

The Shoemaker Family Printed Ephemera Collection, MS 3138 consists of cards and invitations collected by the Shoemaker Family of Baltimore. The Shoemaker family gained local and national notoriety as partners and owners in the Adam’s Express Company. 

11/25/13 - Baltimore magician ephemera collection now available.

The Arthur D. Gans Magician Ephemera collection (MS 3136) contains ephemera related to professional, semi-professional, and amateur magicians collected by Gans. The majority of the materials in this collection are business cards and letterheads from magicians who Gans met and corresponded with. Programs for various performances across the country and internationally are also included.

11/18/13 - Finding aid created for the Alexander Hamilton Papers.

The Alexander Hamilton Papers (MS 1301) consist of materials relating Alexander Hamilton’s work in the tobacco trade between Maryland and Glasgow, Scotland. Hamilton worked as a tobacco factor in Port Tobacco and Piscataway, Maryland for Glasgow, Scotland-based trading firms. He served several firms operated by the “Tobacco Lords” of Glasgow, including those of James Brown, John Brown, and John Glassford, for which he purchased tobacco from Maryland growers to be sold across Europe.

11/14/13 - The papers Judge Morris Ames Soper now open to researchers.

The Morris Ames Soper collection (MS 3121) contains material related to the personal and professional life of Judge Morris Ames Soper (1873-1963). The 282 box collection illuminates a judicial career that spanned more than a half-century and features Soper's work with many other prominent Marylanders. To learn more about the collection, visit our blog. Until this collection is fully processed it may only be accessed after receiving permission from special collections staff.

11/12/13 - Three new collections available relating to Baltimore City College.

The Baltimore City College Photograph Collection, PP278 contains almost 3000 photographs of the school dating from 1868-1988. The Baltimore City College Ephemera Collection, MS 3131contains documents and ephemera relating to alumni activities, sports, clubs, and more. TheBaltimore City College-Baltimore Polytechnic Institute 100th Game Manuscript Collection, MS 3135 contains materials realted to to the 100th Anniversary City-Poly football game held in 1988.

11/7/13 - Despeaux-Mitchell Photograph and Manuscript Collection now available

The Despeaux-Mitchell Photograph and Manuscript Collection, PP282 contains photographs and manuscript items related to various Maryland families: Despeauxs, Gores, Mitchells, Steens, and Ecclestons. There are also materials related to the world War II army service of James I. Mitchell.

11/6/13 - Clayton-Evans Family Papers now available

The Clayton-Evans Family Papers, MS 3097 consists of documents related to the Clayton-Evans families of Eastern Maryland and Northern Delaware.The collection also includes journals from prominent war figures like Amos Evans, Surgeon Gen. of the USS Constitution.

11/4/13 - Wilmer-Hoffman-Deford Photograph and Manuscript Collections now available.

The Wilmer-Hoffman-Deford Photograph Collection, PP281 and the Wilmer-Hoffman-Deford Manuscript Collection, MS 3079 contain photographs and manuscript materials related to Maryland families including the Wilmers, Hoffmans, Defords, Dallams, Welds, and De Silles.

11/1/13 - Bonaparte Book collection now available.

The Bonaparte Book Collection, MS 3134 contains books from the personal libraries of Elizabeth Patterson Bonapart, her son Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, and other members of the Bonaparte family. Many have autographs and annotations.

10/30/13 - Cheston-Chew account books now available for research.

Cheston-Chew account book collection (MS 3133) contains account books related to the personal and business finances of the Cheston and Chew families.

10/22/13 - Cohen Family Papers collection now inventoried.

The Cohen Family Papers collection (MS 3132) consists of documents relating to several members of the Cohen family collected by Margaret Cohen. It includes material connected to Jacob I., Israel I., Colonel Mendes, Joshua I., Harriett, and Catharine Cohen.

10/21/13 - United States Sanitary Commission photograph collection now open to researchers.

The United States Sanitary Commission photograph collection (PP279) contains photographs related to the Commission's activities during the Civil War.

10/18/13 - Sanford Family Photograph Collection now available.

 The Sanford Family Photograph Collection (PP280) consists of 19 photographs and other items mostly related to John L. Sanford Jr. and Sr. John L. Sanford Jr. was States Attorney for Worcester County, Md in the 1950s-60s.

10/15/13 - St. Mary's Govans Catholic Church and Cemetery record books now available.

The St. Mary's Govans Catholic Church and Cemetery record books collection (MS 3130) contains two record books kept by St. Mary's Govans Catholic Church and Cemetery of burials and graveyard expenses.

10/10/13 - Julius Sangston Clarke Carte de Visite Collection now available

The Julius Sangston Clarke Carte de Visite Collection (PP272) consists of two boxes of 141 Carte de Visites, ca 1860s. There are portraits of civil war generals, as well unidentified portraits.

9/25/13 - Political ephemera collections now inventoried and open to researchers.

Inventory lists for all five boxes of the Political Ephemera collection are now available online. The collection contains election tickets, campaign literature and the like related to both regional and national elections and candidates. (Click here to view the inventories.)

The Political and Presidential Ephemera collection (MS 3126) is now available. The collection of 1,250 pieces of stolen ephemera was recovered from Barry Landau’s apartment by the National Archives and Records Administration in 2011. The provenance of these remaining orphaned items was never fully traced.

9/24/13 - Robert R. Hudson Governors of Maryland collection now available for research.

The Robert R. Hudson Governors of Maryland collection (MS 3122) is comprised of documents signed by the governors of Maryland from 1777-1987, including letters, autographs, and signed official documents collected by the donor, Robert R. Hudson.

9/9/13 - The Robert Kniesche Manuscript Collection and the Sparrows Point Cyanotype Collection are now available.

The Robert Kniesche Manuscript Collection (MS3129)contains correspondence, certificates, awards, and other items related to Kniesche’s career as a Baltimore Sun photographer from the 1920s to 1971.

The Sparrows Point Cyanotype Collection (PP177) consists of 89 prints of the Sparrows Point steel and shipyard, circa 1890s.

9/5/13 - J. Reaney Kelly photograph collection now available.

The J. Reaney Kelly photograph collection (PP265) contains photographs of various buildings relating to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

9/3/13 - William Bose Marye photograph collection newly processed.

The William Bose Marye Family album (PP276) portrays the Marye family at Bellevue Farm in Kingsville, Maryland, the Roslin (Roslyn) home, and Althea Lodge in Upper Falls, Maryland.

8/29/13 - New World War II collections now available.

The Marshall B. Holland photograph (PP19) and manuscript (MS 3128) collections document Holland's service during World War II, including letters to his family and photographs of his time in Europe from 1944 to 1945.

8/16/13 - Dashiell Family Papers now available for research.

The collection (MS 3127) contains correspondence between members of the Dashiell family, Reverend Erastus Franklin Dashiell, his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Hull Dashiell, and her parents, Daniel and Caroline Hull, as well as documents from Rev. Dashiell’s studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

6/7/13 - Oral history listening station now available in the library

The Library has just set up a station for patrons to listen to recordings from MdHS’s collection of over 1200 oral histories. If you are interested in listening to a particular oral history, please email the Special Collections Department at specialcollections@mdhs.org at least a week prior to your planned visit. Only a small percentage of our oral history collection has been converted to digital format at this point, and staff will need time to digitize the recording from the original cassette format if it hasn’t yet been converted.

Digital copies of the oral history interviews, as well as photocopies of transcripts and other printed materials related to the interviews, can also be acquired through the Special Collections Department. Please visit our oral history page for ordering information.

5/3/13 - Acosta, Moulton, Ridgely Family Papers collection now open to researchers.

The Acosta, Moulton, Ridgely Family Papers (MS 3120) contain personal and financial documents of these and many other important Maryland families. A majority of the records pertain to business conducted in England on behalf of these families. Letters between business partners and account records compose a large portion of the collection, but some personal materials, such as photographs of Hampton taken by John Ridgely and letters from Benjamin Galloway to his father Samuel, are also included.

4/24/13 - Manuscript on Baltimore's earliest Chinese families available for research.

"Early Baltimore Chinese Families," by Lillian Lee Kim (MS 2238) chronicles the first Chinese families to live in the city and includes the author's recollections on growing up in Baltimore.

3/28/13 - Inventory list now available for the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum 8x10 Works on Paper.

The Peale/BCLM Works on Paper consists of a veriety of material, including, but not limited to, pamphlets, clippings, tickets, and prints, related to Maryland history, collected by the now-closed museum. An inventory of the items sized 8x10 has been completed and is now available online here.

3/22/13 - Collection of ship logbooks from the 1800's now available.

The logbooks document the journey of the ship Isabella from Canton, China to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1829 and brig Consort from Philadelphia to San Francisco, Ca. in 1850. Other nautical materials are also a part of the collection (MS 3112).

3/01/13 - Finding aid created for the Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe Collection. 

The Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe collection (MS 1758) focuses primarily on Latrobe’s attempt to receive compensation under the French Spoliation Claims for losses incurred to her father. The bulk of the correspondence reflects this work, and the collection also includes several petitions to Congress from Alexander Mactier, regarding the property loss. View the finding aid here.

2/28/13 - War of 1812-related collection now open for research.

The Colonel John Barry collection (MS 3119) portrays his experience as an artillerist, who fought at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The papers include certificates, correspondence, and family history, as well as a letter from General Winfield Scott.

1/11/13 - New finding aid created for World War II-related collection.

The Lydia Howard de Roth collection (MS 1906) documents her experience as an air raid warden during World War II.

1/08/13 - Extensive photograph collection of Baltimore City buildings now available.

The Baltimore City Buildings Photograph Collection (PP236) shows Baltimore’s city buildings from 1926-1927, including views of City Hall, fire and police stations, municipal markets, Enoch Pratt Free Library branches, monuments, parks, public squares, city waterworks and more. It is comprised of approximately 2900 3”x5” prints and negatives of city owned buildings taken for the Commission on Efficiency and Economy. 

1/02/13 - Two newly processed collections available for research use.

The Children's Fresh Air Society of Maryland Collection (MS 3093) consists of correspondence, administrative records, and financial material of the Fresh Air Society of Baltimore during the first half of the 20th century.

The John A. Courtney, World War Two Collection (MS 3116) holds personal histories, ephemera, and photographs of the members of the 2nd Division, 1st Battalion, 5th Naval District, U.S. Naval Reserve, who served in the Panama and the Pacific theater of World War II.

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