Library News & Updates

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09/15/17 - Richard Q. Yardley Collection now processed and available

09/13/17 - Architectural Drawings Collection now inventoried and available

08/10/17 - New finding aid created for the Dulany Family Papers

07/19/17 - Gist Theatre Ephemera Collection now available

06/24/17 - Edward V. Coonan and Company Land Deed, Survey, and Plat Collection now available

06/22/17 - Ford Opera House Incorporated Collection now processed and available

06/20/17 - Keene Family Genealogical Collection now available to researchers

06/08/17 - George L. Van Bibber IV Photograph Collection now processed and available

06/08/17 - Highland Society of Harford County Papers now processed and available

06/06/17 - Francis King Foster Photograph Album of the 1904 Baltimore Fire now processed and available

05/22/17 - Hester Ann Wilkins Davis Manuscript Collection now open to researchers

05/19/17 - Views of Baltimore and Washington DC Photograph Collection now processed and available

05/04/17 - Robert Gilmor Collection now processed and available

04/22/17 - Joshua Theodore Fritz Manuscript Collection now available to researchers

04/17/17 - Richard Childress Photograph Collection now processed and available

04/11/17 - Two new collections now open to researchers

04/04/17 - William S. Marston School Photograph and Ephemera Collection now processed

03/23/17 - Bennard Bloch Perlman Scrapbook Collection now processed and available

03/23/17 - Lawrence J. Connolly Manuscript Collection now available to researchers 

03/22/17 - Clayton-Evans Family Photograph Collection now procesed and available

03/10/17 - Harold Williams Collection is now processed and available

3/03/17 - Thomas Family Photograph Collection now open to researchers 

02/18/17 - Milburn Family Photograph Collection now available

02/18/17 - Ephemera: Financial Documents now available

02/04/17 - Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection is now processed and available

01/25/17 - Douglas Hamilton Thomas Manuscript Collection now open to researchers 

01/12/17 - Ephemera: Valentines now available

01/19/17 - Ephemera: Trade and Business Cards now available

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09/15/17 - Richard Q. Yardley Collection now processed and available

The Richard Q. Yardley Collection consists of printed material, artwork, photographs, artifacts relating to Baltimore Sun illustrator and cartoonist Richard Q. Yardley (1902-1979)

09/13/17 - Architectural Drawings Collection now inventoried and available

The Architectural Drawings Collection consists of over 1200 blueprints, drawings, plans, renderings and other works on paper of buildings, architecture, furniture and other structures in Maryland. These range from the Maryland Historical Society’s buildings, the Athenauem, and the Baltimore Court House to rowhouse plans and renderings of furniture. Architects or artists include Wyatt & Nolting, Niernsee & Neilson, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Henry Powell Hopkins, Lawrence Hall Fowler, Thomas Machen, Mottu & White, Josias Pennington, Smith & May, Maximilian Godefroy, Edward H. Glidden, G. Van Bibber, Ayers/Meyer, A. Hoen & Co., George H. Dashiells, Laurence Ewald, Robert Carey Long, R. McGill Mackall, and others. 

08/10/17 - New finding aid created for the Dulany Family Papers

The Dulaney Family Papers, 1737-1920, MS 1919 contains the correspondence of the Dulany family. The bulk of the collection is composed of letters to and from Catharine (Kitty) Dulany Belt. The letters discuss personal matters of family and friends, such as illness, new marriages, and babies born, as well as business related estates and finance.

07/19/17 - Gist Theatre Ephemera Collection now available

The Gist Theatre Ephemera Collection consists of Maryland and non-Maryland theatrical playbills, programs, and other materials from 1949-2005. Theatres include the Morris Mechanic, Lyric, Ford's Theatre, Baltimore Opera House, and others.

06/24/17 - Edward V. Coonan Company Land Deed, Survey, and Plat Collection now available

The Edward V. Coonan and Company Land Deed, Survey, and Plat Collection, 1650-1950s, MS 3204, contains deeds, surveys, plats, and indentures predominantly Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City ranging from mid 1600s to mid 1900s.

06/22/17 - Ford Opera House Incorporated Collection now processed and available

The Ford Opera House Incorporated Collection, MS 3206 contains three ledger books of the Ford Opera House Incorporated of Baltimore from 1918-1928. Ford’s Grand Opera House, located on West Fayette Street in Baltimore, was a major theatrical venue from it’s founding 1871 by theatre manager John T, Ford until its closing in 1964. Ford also owned Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination by John Wilkes Booth on April 9, 1865.

06/20/17 - Keene Family Genealogical Collection now available to researchers

The Keene Family Genealogical Collection, 1863-1929, MS 3207, contains "The Book of the Keenes: Documents in Possession of the Descendants of Richard Keene, 1628-1675, Compiled for Mary Keene Troxell by Anna Keene William and Julia Tylden Carson, September, 1929," which includes information on family history and documents such as deeds and surveys, and a letter from John Richard Keene discussing his time in the Union Army (1st Regiment, Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry), July 30, 1863.

06/08/17 - George L. Van Beibber IV Photograph Collection now processed and available

The George L. Van Bibber IV Photograph Collection, PP323 consists of one box of 18 photographs related to George L. Van Bibber IV taken by photographer Stockton Todd Holden, a friend of Van Bibber’s.

06/08/17 - Highland Society of Harford County Papers now processed and available

The Highland Society of Harford County Papers, MS 3205 consists of one box of manuscript materials and ephemera related to the Highland Society of Harford County from 1966 - 1988. The Society was incorporated on March 7, 1967 for the “preservation of the spirit, dress, music and antiquities of the Scottish people and is dedicated to the promotion of these traditions among those of Scottish ancestry within Harford County and its environs.” 

06/06/17 - Francis King Foster Photograph Album of the 1904 Baltimore Fire now processed and available

The 06/06/17 - Francis King Foster Photograph Album of the 1904 Baltimore Fire, PP162 consists of one album of 116 photographs of the aftermath of the 1904 Baltimore Fire taken by Francis King Foster.

05/22/17 - Hester Ann Wilkins Davis Manuscript Collection now open to researchers

The Hester Ann Wilkins Davis Manuscript Collection, 1861-2007, MS 3203, contains the diary of Hester Ann Wilkins Davis during the Civil War years, as well as notes related to the Davis family.

05/19/17 - Views of Baltimore and Washington DC Photograph Collection now processed and available

The Views of Baltimore and Washington DC Photograph Collection, PP130 consists of 14 photographs of various Baltimore and Washington D.C. views from ca 1913, including Baltimore City Hall and Druid Hill Park.

05/04/17 - Robert Gilmor Collection now processed and available

The Robert Gilmor Collection, MS 3198 contains correspondence, manuscript materials, newspaper clippings, ephemera and photographs related to Robert Gilmor I – VI and the Gilmor family of Baltimore.

04/22/17 - Joshua Theodore Fritz Manuscript Collection now available to researchers

The Joshua Theodore Fritz Manuscript Collection, 1822-1948, MS 3202, contains correspondence and records related to Joshua Theodore Fritz and his time as a field clerk and translator with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. 

04/17/17 - Richard Childress Photograph Collection now processed and available

The Richard Childress Photograph Collection, PP177 consists of photographs taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Richard Childress. Childress worked at the Sun from 1961 until his death in 1984. He covered virtually everything newsworthy for the paper over his more than two decade career: protests, sports, social and cultural events, politics, automobile accidents, house fires, fairs, festivals, and parades, military events, and more.

04/11/17 - Two new collections now open to researchers

The Griffin-Murray-Studds-Douty Manuscript Collection, 1846-1992, MS 3201, contains correspondence and ephemera related to the Griffin, Murray, Studds, and Douty families. This includes such documents as letters between family members, birth certificates, and death notices. Of particular interest is correspondence from William M. Griffin to his mother and siblings during his service with the Union Army.

The Griffin-Murray-Studds-Douty Photograph Collection, 1839-1967, PP322, contains portraits of the Griffin, Murray, Studds, and Douty family.

04/04/17 - William S. Marston School Photograph and Ephemera Collection now processed

The William S. Marston School Photograph and Ephemera Collection, 1925-1931, PP320, contains photographs and ephemera related to the William S. Marston School. Photographs of individual students represent the majority of the collection, but teacher portraits and team and class photographs are also included.

03/23/17 - Bennard Bloch Perlman Scrapbook Collection now processed and available

The Bennard Bloch Perlman Scrapbook Collection, MS 3200 consists of 11 scrapbooks which contain letters, newspaper clippings, programs catalogues, ticket stubs, honor certificates and other assorted ephemera related to the career of Baltimore artist Bennard Bloch Perlman.

03/23/17 - Lawrence J. Connolly Manuscript Collection now available to researchers

The Lawrence J. Connolly Manuscript Collection, 1829-1974, MS 3199, contains correspondence of Lawrence J. Connolly during his service in World War I. He sent many letters to his mother and father while serving with the United States Army in France. Documents related to the Baker family, such as bills of sale for slaves, are also included.

03/22/17 - Clayton-Evans Family Photograph Collection now procesed and available

The Clayton-Evans Family Photograph Collection, PP261 consists of 52 photographs of members of the Clayton-Evans families of Eastern Maryland and Northern Delaware.

03/10/17 - Harold Williams Collection is now processed and available

The Harold Williams Collection, contains photographs and other materials related to Baltimore Sun writer Harold William's column "I Remember."

3/03/17 - Thomas Family Photograph Collection now open to researchers

The Thomas Family Photograph Collection, 1859-1966, PP255 contains portraits and photographs related to the Thomas family and associated families. The Duval and Whitridge families are also represented throughout the collection. Professional portraits, photographs of ancestral homes, and travel photographs comprise the collection.

02/18/17 - Milburn Family Photograph Collection now available

The Milburn Family Photograph Collection, PP193 consists of 544 photographs realted to the Milburn family of Maryland

02/18/17 - Ephemera: Financial Documents now available

Ephemera: Financial Documents consists of checks, receipts, drafts and other financial forms from various Maryland businesses

02/04/17 - Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection is now processed and available

The Jospeh Kohl Photograph Collection, PP284 consists of 88 boxes housing over 55,000 images produced by photojournalist Joseph Kohl who covered Baltimore’s cultural “underground” of the 1980s and 1990s, the city’s bohemian scene, nightlife of that era, politics, sports, and more.

01/25/17 - Douglas Hamilton Thomas Manuscript Collection now open to researchers

The Douglas Hamilton Thomas Manuscript Collection, 1798-1919, MS 3090, contains newspaper clippings related to the life and career of Douglas H. Thomas, Sr. The clippings document Thomas’ involvement in Baltimore politics, his banking career, and his interest in American history and genealogy, as well as obituaries for his family, friends, and colleagues. Documents related to the sale of enslaved woman Martha Ann “Patty” Atatvis and the Whitridge family, such copies of John Whitridge’s will, are also included in the collection.

01/19/17 - Ephemera: Trade and Business Cards now available

The Ephemera collection of Trade and Business Cards consists of two boxes of cards from Maryland businesses and manufacturers.

01/12/17 - Ephemera: Valentines now available

The Ephemera Collection of Valentines is now available, containing valentine cards dating from 1845 to the present.

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