Dr. Charles F. Elvers Photograph Collection, ca. 1900-1940, PP218

Finding Aid to the Dr. Charles F. Elvers Photograph Collection, ca. 1900-1940, PP218

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Dr. Charles F. Elvers Photograph Collection

Creator

Elvers, Dr. Charles F.

Call number

PP218

Inclusive dates

ca. 1900-1940

Bulk dates

ca. 1900-1940

Extent

1 box, over 60 negatives and prints

Abstract

Contains over 60 images of Elvers, his airplane, aviation events, and trips around the Western United States and Mexico.

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

Unknown

Accession number

Unknown

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, May 2014

 

Biographical Note

Dr. Charles Franklin Elvers was the first Marylander to fly an airplane in Maryland. Elvers grew up on a farm in Owings Mills, and from a young age, he was fascinated with aviation. He began building kites and eventually constructed a glider, named the “Undertaker’s Pet.” In 1909, he built his first fully functional biplane, which he was able to fly half a mile. An accident forced him to give up flying, and he decided to pursue medical research. During World War I, he travelled to France with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Unit. He returned to school in 1919 and studied at Hopkins’ School of Hygiene and Public Health. He had a varied career and was appointed as curator of American Anthropology for the Maryland Academy of Sciences. He died on April 8, 1954.

Related Collections:

Glenn L. Martin Aviation Albums, 1904-1940, MS 704

Scope and Content

The Dr. Charles F. Elvers Photograph Collection contains over 60 images of Elvers, his airplane, aviation events, and trips around the Western United States and Mexico. Of particular interest are sketches drawn by Elvers of the airplane he designed and flew.

The collection mostly contains 5” x 7” negatives with some prints. The photographs are arranged into ten series: Portraits of Elvers, Elvers’ plane, Aviation events and newspaper articles, Miscellaneous aviation, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Hospital group portrait, Trips to the Western United States, Sketches of Western life, Trip to Mexico, and Miscellaneous. They were then organized by chronologically when possible. Duplicate images were given the same image id number.

 

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Image ID #

Box 

Series I: Portraits

 

 

 

Charles Elvers in laboratory

No date

PP218.01

1

Portrait of Charles Franklin Elvers

No date

PP218.02a-c

1

Elvers with model of first Maryland plane

No date

PP218.03a-b

1

Portrait of Charles Franklin Elvers

No date

PP218.04

1

C. F. Elvers at Auto and Aero Exhibit at the Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore

February 22, 1910

PP218.05

1

C. F. Elvers, France

1917

PP218.06

1

Unidentified group portrait (Elvers third from left)

1939?

PP218.07

1

Series II: Elvers' plane

 

 

 

Elvers in Maryland’s first plane

1909

PP218.08-.09

1

Sketches of Elver’s plane

1909

PP218.10-.11

1

Model of Elver’s first plane

1909

PP218.12-.13

1

Series III: Aviation events and newspaper articles

 

 

 

Maryland Aviation Pioneers

No date

PP218.14a-.15

1

Hopkins Overseas Hospital Unit reunion

No date

PP218.16-.17

1

Johns Hopkins University Directory

1926

PP218.18

1

Aircraft show at Fifth Regiment Armory

1929

PP218.19-.20

1

Aviation Day

April 23, 1939

PP218.21-.22

1

American Airlines Presentation

June 15, 1939

PP218.23-.24

1

Series IV: Miscellaneous aviation

 

 

 

Hangar at Sims

No date

PP218.25

1

Elvers? with propeller

No date

PP218.26

1

First stratosphere balloon at Chicago World’s Fair

Ca. 1933

PP218.27a-b

1

Series V: Baltimore

 

 

 

Washington Monument, Baltimore

No date

PP218.28

1

J. E. Howard statue, Mt. Vernon Place, Balto.

No date

PP218.29

1

J. E. Howard tomb, Old St. Paul’s Church yard, Balto., Md.

No date

PP218.30

1

Old St. Paul’s Church yard, Balto., Md.

No date

PP218.31

1

Ivy Mill, Hillen Rd., Baltimore

No date

PP218.32a-d

1

Series VI: Johns Hopkins Hospital Group Portrait

 

 

 

Johns Hopkins Hospital Group Portrait

No date

PP218.33

1

Series VII: Trips to the Western United States

 

 

 

Man and horse near Death Valley

No date

PP218.34

1

Pat Olquin, son, wife, and daughter at Isleta, New Mexico

No date

PP218.35

1

My camping place near Signal Peak, New Mexico

No date

PP218.36

1

A camp pet and pest, New Mexico

No date

PP218.37

1

Major Filly buffalo herd, near Old Towne, Oklahoma

No date

PP218.38

1

Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

No date

PP218.39a-b

1

Pawnee Bill

No date

PP218.40

1

Driver of the “Deadwood” stage coach, Richard Clark—“Deadwood Dick”

No date

PP218.41

1

Wild Bill Hickcock’s watch fob

No date

PP218.42

1

“Dead Man’s Hand”

No date

PP218.43

1

Native Americans

No date

PP218.44-.45

1

Sitting Bull and family

Ca. 1907

PP218.46a-c

1

Dorelix Amafe, Cherokee medicine man

No date

PP218.47

1

Elvers? in Western U.S.

No date

PP218.48a-b

1

Howling coyote

No date

PP218.49

1

Series VIII: Sketches of Western Life

 

 

 

Sketch of Western life

 

PP218.50-.53

1

Series IX: Trip to Mexico

 

 

 

Elvers and palm thatched house in Southern Yucatan, Mexico

No date

PP218.54a-c

1

Palm thatched houses

No date

PP218.55

1

El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Yucatan

No date

PP218.56

1

Elvers at Chichen Itza

No date

PP218.57

1

“Corn god”—Centoyte, Yucatan

No date

PP218.58

1

Unidentified church

No date

PP218.59

1

Series X: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Newspaper article

No date

 

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