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The Robert L. Harris Photograph Collection consists 137 glass and film negatives, depicting life in Baltimore in the first half of the 20th century. topics include the Harris family, 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.
The Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency Photograph Collection consists of 225 images taken by Maryland photographer Marion E. Warren between 1962 and 1970. The images provide excellent architectural views and street scenes of neighborhoods in downtown Baltimore which have since been demolished. They include blocks razed for the Charles Center project and areas west of Baltimore’ Inner Harbor which late gave way to urban renewal.
The BCLM, Works on Paper, 11x14 collection contains over 775 prints, newspaper clippings, ephemera and other printed materials dating from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century.
The Large Print Collection contains over 250 depictions of people, places, and events. Etchings, lithographs, and drawings represent just some of the print formats included in the collection. These prints vary in size but are no larger than 24 x 36 inches. The prints are organized alphabetically by subject. Advertisements, Baltimore views, and Civil War prints are particular strengths of the collection.
The Oversize Print Collection holds over 75 lithographs, etchings, drawings, and other media illustrating Maryland’s historical people, events, and places. These prints vary in size but are primarily larger than 24 x 36 inches. The collection includes several prints of Baltimore views and locations. The prints are arranged alphabetically by subject.
06/04/16 - Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper Collection now available
The Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper Collection, MS 3185 contains issues of the Baltimore Chronicle, a free monthly alternative newspaper serving the Baltimore Community published by Larry Krause. The paper specialized in “airing different points of view on local as well as national issues” with a particular focus on “controversial stories that some of the bigger newspapers in town tend to overlook.” The collection contains nearly the entire run of issues from 1973 to 2002, before the paper transitioned to an online publication in 2003.
The Lowe Family Genealogical Collection, MS 3106, 1895-1997, contains extensive genealogical research on Lowe (Low) and associated families, includes manuscript of "Lowe Family Genealogy," compiled by Charles Ellet Rieman and edited by Joseph Rieman McIntosh (CS71.L913 1990) and some additional material.
05/20/16 - Barney-Bonnycastle Photograph Collection now available.
The Barney-Bonnycastle Family Photograph Collection, PP310, ca. 1815-ca. 1920, contains photographs, primarily cartes des visites and cabinet cards, of Commodore Joshua Barney’s relatives and descendants, including the Bonnycastle, Yoe, Harrison, and White families.
The Commodore Joshua Barney Manuscript Collection, MS 3168, 1711-1978, contains the papers of Joshua Barney and his descendants. This includes correspondence, financial documents, land records, business papers, military service records, and more. Commodore Joshua Barney, widely regarded as a naval war hero, served in both the American Revolution and War of 1812. His command of the Chesapeake Flotilla during the War of 1812 helped propel the Americans to victory over the British.
The Erma Davis Bates Collection consists of etchings by Lutherville artist Erma Davis Bates. Images include the Washington Monument, Homewood House, and Goucher College when it was located on St.Paul and 23rd Street in Baltimore.
The Hill Collection of Stereoviews, PP309 consists of 35 Stereoviews of various Maryland and Baltimore scenes, dating from ca 1860 – 1910s. Views include Druid Hill Park, Barnum’s Hotel, The Peabody Institute, harbor views and U.S. Naval Academy. There are also 3 cabinet cards of unidentified people.
The Small Print-Subject Collection consists of over 1,300 advertisements, woodcuts, etchings, drawings, newspaper images, newspaper clippings, small booklets, and other items.
The Eubie Blake Collection, consisiting of coorespondence, photographs, ephemera, and other items has been reinventoried and new more detailed finding aids have been created:
Three boxes of Non-Maryland Business & Manufacturers is available
The Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation Photograph Collection contains over 2400 photographs of buildings in various Baltimore neighborhoods, including Seton Hill, Bolton Hill, Union Square, Dickeyville, and others primarily in West Baltimore. The photographs were taken in the 1960s as part of an architectural survey of neighborhoods by CHAP.
The David Bailie Warden Manuscript Collection, MS 3184, 1812-1843, contains letters to David Bailie Warden from John Rodman, Peter Stephen Du Ponceau, and Jared Sparks. These letters discuss politics, such as United States political appointments in France and the War of 1812, literature, and literary and philosophical societies.
02/16/16 - John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection now open to researchers.
The John Stratton Gilman Manuscript Collection, MS 3183, 1846-2007, contains correspondence from John Stratton Gilman to his brother Eliphalet Gilman. The letters discuss family matters as well as their business in the iron industry.
Four boxes of Maryland State Government related ephemera including materials on Maryland Day, Maryland anniversaries (tercentary, etc.), Maryland State Archives, Maryland State Fair, Maryland Department of Economic Development (tourism), Maryland Homecoming Week (excluding Maryland).
The Nursery and Child's Hospital Collection, PP308, ca. 1880-1960 contains photographs of the buildings and children at the Nursery and Child’s Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Nursery and Child's Hospital Manuscript Collection, MS 3180, 1879-1970, contains the records of the Nursery and Child’s Hospital, including Board of Directors meeting minutes, patient rosters, and financial documents, which show the evolution of the hospital’s function and treatment styles over the years.
The Kemp Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3181, contains the correspondence and financial, legal, and genealogical records of the Kemp family, especially that of Thomas and John W. Kemp.
1 box of lottery tickets and advertisements dating from 1763-1997 has recently been inventoried and is available through our Ephemera Collections page.
The Somerset County Prayer Book, MS 3179, contains prayer book "for the use of Somersett-Parish in Somersett County in the Province of Mary-land by William Stoughton."