Alonzo J. May Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1960, PP172

Finding Aid to the Alonzo J. May Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1960, PP172

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Alonzo J. May Photograph Collection

Creator

May, Alonzo J.

Call number

PP172

Inclusive dates

ca. 1860-ca. 1960

Bulk dates

ca. 1860-1900

Extent

5 boxes

Abstract

Contains the photographs related to May’s “Men and Women of the Stage” and “Dramatic Encyclopedia of Baltimore, 1750-1904,” which document the history of theater in the Mid-Atlantic. The collection illustrates the places and people written about in May’s book.

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

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page.

Provenance

Gift of J. Richard Wilkins, November, 1977

Accession number

73389

Processing note

Processing completed by Lara Westwood, September, 2014

 

Biographical Note

 Alonzo J. May was a musician and music teacher in Baltimore. He taught private lessons in several instruments, including piano and parlor organ, at 10 Madison Avenue. He also published several arrangements of well-known songs. He wrote both “Men and Women of the Stage” and “May’s Dramatic Encyclopedia of Baltimore, 1750-1904,” which chronicle the history of theater in both Baltimore and across the United States and Europe.

Related Collections:

Alonzo J. May Papers, 1902-1911, MS 2300

May’s Dramatic Encyclopedia of Baltimore, 1750-1904, MS 995

 

Scope and Content

The Alonzo J. May Photograph Collection contains the photographs related to May’s “Men and Women of the Stage” and “Dramatic Encyclopedia of Baltimore, 1750-1904,” which document the history of theater. The collection illustrates the places and people written about in May’s books.

The collection is broken into six series: Actor Portraits; Children’s theater; Theaters; Baltimore Buildings; Miscellaneous; and Oversized Photographs. The photographs are organized within the series alphabetically by subject. Portraits of actors and actresses make up the bulk of the collection. The portraits vary in size but are primarily carte-de-visites and cabinet cards, and some of the photographs are autographed by the sitter. The collection also includes photographs of Baltimore theaters, such as the Holliday Street Theatre and Arnold’s Olympic Theatre, and other landmarks. Later photographs of children’s theater productions also are a part of the collection.

Container List

Contents 

Photographer 

Dates

Image ID # 

Box # 

Series I: Actor Portraits 

 

 

 

 

Adams, Blanche as “Greta” in “The Singing Girl”

Jeffres Studio, 6 & 8 E. Lafayette Avenue Baltimore, Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.001

1

Adams, Edwin

 

1862

PP172.002

1

Ahrendt, Carl as “Col. Sapt”

The Falk Studio, The Waldorf-Astoria, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.003

1

Albaugh, Mrs. J. W. as “Lucretia Borgia”

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.004

1

Albaugh, J. W.

Perkins, Baltimore, 21 E. Baltimore Street

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.005

1

Allison, C. W.

Conly, Boston

1892

PP172.006

1

Auston (?), Hilda

Auty Ltd., Tynemouth

1901

PP172.007

1

Askey, Joseph

Perkins, Baltimore, 21 E. Baltimore Street

 

PP172.008

1

“Master Askey”

 

1866

PP172.009

1

Ballauf, O. M., manager of Blaney’s Theater, Baltimore, Md.

Betz Studio, Baltimore

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.010

1

Barrett, Laurence

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.011-.012

1

Batemen, Kate

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.013

1

Beech, Emma

Brioen & Geisler

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.014

1

Bell, Digby

Marceau, Los Angeles, Cal.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.015

1

Bell, Laura Joyce

Marceau, San Fransisco

1898

PP172.016

1

Benn, Walter

Griffin's Art Gallery, Wilkes Barre, PA.

1895

PP172.017

1

Booth, Edwin

Union View Co., Rochester, N.Y.; Sarony, 87 Union Square, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.018-.021

1

Booth, Junius Brutus

J. Gurney & Son. 707 Broadway, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.022

1

Bowers, Mrs. D. P.

 

1947

PP172.023

1

Bradley, Leonora

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.024

1

Bryant, Dan

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.025

1

Burke, John T.

Ullman & Co., 817 & 819 Broadway, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.026

1

Burke, Lizzie Creese

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.027

1

Burt, Laura

Duke's Cameo Cigarettes

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.028

1

Burton, William E., Comedian

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.029

1

Byron, Oliver D.

Morrison, Chicago

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.030

1

Chanfrau, Henry

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.031

1

Chester, S. K.

Pentz, York, PA.; O'Connor, N.Y.

1873

PP172.032-.034

1

Clarke, Creston

Cummins, Baltimore, Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.035-.036

1

Coghlan, Rose

Sarony, 87 Union Square, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.037-.039

1

Collins, Doctor; Owens, J. E.; Benson, Wood

Winder's Cartes de Visite Photograph Gallery, Cincinnatti, Ohio

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.040

1

Contoit, Grace (Mrs. Walter Benn)

Griffin's Art Gallery, Wilkes Barre, PA.

1895

PP172.041-.042

1

Craven, John T., Albaugh’s Lyceum Stock Co., Season 1897-1898, 1898-1899, 1899-1900

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.043

1

Cushman, Charlotte

Sarony, 87 Union Square, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.044

1

Davenport, E. L.

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.045

1

Davenport, Jean (Mrs. General Lander) as “Queen Elizabeth”

R. F. Adams, Saint Louis, Missouri

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.046

1

De Berry, Katherine

Ye Rose Studio, Providence, R.I.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.047

1

De Naucage, Anna

Mora, 707 Broadway, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.048

1

Dennis (?), Kate

Sarony, 87 Union Square, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.049

1

Donaldson, Walter A.

Davis Mahan, Pittsburg, PA.;

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.050-.052

1

Dudley, Maude

Bellsmith, Cincinnati, Oh.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.053

1

Fechter, Charles

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.054

1

Flood, John, Albaugh's Lyceum Stock Co., Season 1897-1898, 1898-1899

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.055

1

Franklyn, Beth, Albaugh's Lyceum Stock Co., Season 1897-1898, 1898-1899, 1899-1900

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.056

1

Fuller, Agnes

J. B. Wilson, Chicago

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.057

1

Glenn, Addie; Glenn, Lizzie

Buffham Bros., 116 S. Broadway, Balto., Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.058-.059

1

Glenn, Maggie Mitchell (Mrs. Charles Drew)

Egbert Guy Fowx Photograph Gallery, Over Robinson & Trail's Carpet Store, Baltimore, Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.060

1

Graham, Robert E.

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.061

1

Hamerick, Asqur

von Bosch, Frankfurt

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.062

1

Harcourt, William, Albaugh's Lyceum Stock Co., Season 1897-1898

Otto Sarony Co., 1177 Broadway, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.063

1

Harvey, Martin as Roger de Lille

London Stereoscopic Coy.

1902

PP172.064

1

Hastings, Ernest

Murray, Petersburg, VA.

 

PP172.065

1

Hennessey, Ja.

French, Auburn, N.Y.

1896

PP172.066

1

Hight-Smith, Jennie

Copelin & Melander, Chicago

1872

PP172.067

1

Hubbell, Walter as "Aquila" in "A Royal Slave"

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.068

1

James, Esther Le Compte

Jeffres & Rogers, 112 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.069

1

Jefferson, Jos. (?)

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.070

1

Johnson, Rida Louise

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.071

1

Johnstone, (?)

Eisennmann, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.072

1

Kalie

Auty Ltd., Tynemouth

1901

PP172.073

1

Keefer, Harvey

Wertheim Imperial Studio, 21 E. Balto. St. Baltimore, Md.

1893

PP172.074

1

Keene as "Richard III"

 

 

PP172.075

1

Keene, Thomas

Houseworth & Co. Photographers, San Fransisco

1892

PP172.076-.077

2

Kemper, Dolly

 

 

PP172.078

2

Kenmark, Jane, Albaugh's Stock Co., 1897-98-99

 

1897

PP172.079

2

Kennedy, (?)

R. A. Lewis, Photo-Artist, New York

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.080

2

Knowles, Mabel

Robinson Portraits, Geneva, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.081

2

Lehmayer, Maurice J., Manager of the Academy of Music, Baltimore

Jeffres, 6 E. Lafayette Ave., Balto.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.082

2

Lehr, Harry S.

Perkins, Baltimore, 311 E. Baltimore Street

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.083

2

Lillian

 

1893

PP172.084-.085

2

Lister, Annie

Glines, Boston

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.086

2

Little Jeannette

John Betz, Jr., 107 New N. Washington Street, Baltimore, MD.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.087

2

Little Tuesday

Falle, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.088

2

Mahan, D.

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.089

2

Malloy, Louise

Bachrach Brs., Baltimore, Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.090

2

Mansfield, Richard as "King Richard III"

London Stereoscopic Coy.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.091

2

Mantell, Robert as "Othello"

Rosch, St. Louis, Missouri

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.092

2

Martinette, Julian

Bayley & Cramer's Fine-Art Gallery

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.093

2

Martinetti, Joe

C. D. Fredericks & Co., N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.094

2

Matthew, John

J. O'Neil, N.Y.

1892

PP172.095

2

Mayer, Natalie

H. G. Ruescher, N.Y.; Sciandra, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.096-.099

2

Mayers, Eliza Phillips

Grossman & Owings, Dayton, Ohio

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.100

2

McCullough, John E.

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.101

2

Mears, Ben

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.102

2

Mitchell, Lee

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.103

2

Mitchell, Maggie

Case & Getchell, Boston; J. M. Greene, Cleveland, Ohio; Gurney & Son, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.104-.107

2

Mordant, Edwin

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.108

2

Morella, Eileen

J. Benjamin Portraits, Cincinnati, Ohio

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.109

2

Nikita, Louise

 

1899

PP172.110

2

Mortimer, Edmund

B. W. Laurson, Columbus, Ind.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.111

2

O'Brien, Nora

Getz, 210 North Charles Street, Baltimore; E. B. Peddinghaus, Birmingham, Ala.; Schloss, N.Y.; Gawin & Geutzel, Halifax, Can.;

1904

PP172.112-.118

2

Olcott, Chauncey

Donovan, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.119

2

O'Neill, Nellie

Morison, Chicago

1899

PP172.120

2

Percy, Julia

McVaddeu, Paducah, KY.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.121

2

Ray, Mrs. C. F.

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.122

2

Richings, Caroline

C. D. Fredericks & Co., N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.123

2

Ripont, Adele

Nussbaumer, Buffalo, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.124-.125

2

Roberts, James Booth

The F. Cutekunst Co., Phila., PA.; Sisson & White, Boston;

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.126-.129

2

Roche, R.

Bradley & Rulofson, San Fransisco

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.130

2

St. Ann, Robert

Ashman Studio, 17 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, Md.

1900

PP172.131

2

Sothern, E. A.

Gurney

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.132

2

Southwick, F. Townsend

Falle, N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.133

2

Stedman, Marshall

Morrison, Chicago

1899

PP172.134

2

Striker, Gus A.

Robinson, Eutaw & Lexington Sts., Baltimore

1892

PP172.135

2

Tanner, Edwin

Elile, San Francisco, Cal.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.136

2

Taylor, Jas.

Copelin & Son, Chicago

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.137

2

Thorne, Blanch

Bennett & Co., N.Y.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.138

2

Tomlinson, Helen Wright

Jeffres & Rogers, 112 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.139

2

Tyson, Maryland

Jeffres & Rogers, 112 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.

1900

PP172.140

2

Unidentified  (Baltimore Photographers)

Perkins; Betz Studios; Jeffres & Rogers'; Ashmans

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.141-.149

2

Unidentified  (Florida Photographers)

Darnell

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.150

2

Unidentified (Illinois Photographers)

Morrison, Chicago; Gehrig; J. B. Scholl; Scott; Windeatts

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.151-.158

2

Unidentified (Louisiana Photographers)

G. Moses & Son

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.159

2

Unidentified (Maine Photographers)

Curtis & Ross Studio

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.160

2

Unidentified (Massachusetts Photographers)

Hardy; M. H. Albee

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.161-.164

2

Unidentified (New York City Photographers)

Falk; Otto J. Frank; Pach Bros.; Ro. Weiss

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.165-.173

3

Unidentified (New York State Photographers)

Crandall Bros.; Rosch; Woodward

1897

PP172.174-.176

3

Unidentified (Ohio Photographers)

Baker's Art Gallery; Biddle Photo Co.; Meacham & Sabine

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.177-.180

3

Unidentified (Pennsylvania Photographers)

F. Corning; Griffin; Kough; The Late Dana Studio; Shaddle & Russer; Stevens & Wildermuth

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.181-.186

3

Unidentified (Texas Photographers)

F. Parker

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.187

3

Unidentified (Virginia Photographers)

Atlantic Photo Studio; Murray; Tennant

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.188-.191

3

Unidentified (International Photographers)

Hana Studios; Johnson

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.192-.193

3

Unidentified Men

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.194-.201

3

Unidentified Women

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.202-.204

3

Walsh, Blanche

Falk

1895

PP172.205

3

Wilder, Marshall

Marceau

1901

PP172.206

3

Wills, Norma

The DeMorale Studio

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.207

3

Wilmerz, Josie

Morrison

1892

PP172.208

3

Winston, Jeanne

Frank G. Abell

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.209

3

Woods, William

Ralph Mineart

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.210-.211

3

Young, James

Meltz; Otto Sarony Co.

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.212-.214

3

Young, James Jr.

 

ca. 1860-1900

PP172.215

3

Series II: Children's Theater

 

ca. 1860-1900

 

 

Children's Experimental Theatre

 

ca. 1950-1955

PP172.216-.249

3

Lakewood Children's Theatre School

 

1950

PP172.250-.251

3

Arts Club

 

1943

PP172.252

3

Unidentified Children's Theatre production

 

ca. 1940-1960

PP172.253-.262

3

Series III: Theaters

 

 

 

 

The Adelphi/"Mud Theatre"

 

 

PP172.263

4

Albaugh's Theatre

 

 

PP172.264

4

Arnold's Olympic Theatre

 

 

PP172.265

4

Ford's Opera House

 

 

PP172.266

4

Front St. Theatre

 

 

PP172.267-.269

4

Gay St. Theatre

 

 

PP172.270

4

Holliday St. Theatre

 

 

PP172.271-.272

4

Lehman's Hall

 

 

PP172.273-.275

4

Monumental

 

 

PP172.276

4

Peabody Concert Salon

 

 

PP172.277

4

Series VI: Baltimore Buildings

 

 

 

 

Academy of Music (and Natatorium)

 

 

PP172.278

4

Allston

 

 

PP172.279

4

Bank of Baltimore

 

 

PP172.280

4

Belvieu Gardens

 

 

PP172.281

4

Carroll Mansion

 

 

PP172.282

4

Circus

 

 

PP172.283

4

Court House (New)

 

 

PP172.284

4

Court House (Old)

 

 

PP172.285

4

Exchange Hotel (Former Customs House)

 

 

PP172.286

4

Fountain Hotel

 

 

PP172.287

4

Hand House

 

 

PP172.288

4

Jefferson's Residence, Hillen Street

 

 

PP172.289

4

Key Mansion

 

 

PP172.290

4

Masonic Temple

 

 

PP172.291

4

Old St. Paul's Church

 

 

PP172.292

4

Old Town Hotel

 

 

PP172.293

4

Poe's Grave

 

 

PP172.294

4

Seven Stars Tavern

 

 

PP172.295

4

Western Police Station

 

 

PP172.296

4

Series V: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

 

Photographs

 

 

PP172.297-.306

4

Theater programs

 

1951-1952

 

4

Correspondence

 

1910

 

4

Series VI: Oversized Photographs

 

 

 

 

Rignaud, James?

 

 

PP172.307

5

Battle Monument

 

 

PP172.308

5

Calvert Street, looking north

 

 

PP172.309

5

DesForge's Bookstore, Morgan's School, Light Street Church (Now German Street)

 

 

PP172.310

5

East Fayette Street from City Hall

 

 

PP172.311

5

Washington Monument

 

 

PP172.312

5

Albaugh's residence, Longbranch, New Jersey

 

 

PP172.313

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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