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Special Collections: Prints and Broadsides
Plan of Baltimore in 1729 containing 600 acres divided into 60 lots, ca 1823, MdHS, Hambleton Print Collection, H10.
How to Find Prints and Broadsides
The library has an extensive collection of prints, broadsides, and other works on paper. Inventories and finding aids for specific print collections are located below.
The Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum (BCLM) maintained a significant collection of historical material on Baltimore. The collection includes prints, manuscripts, maps, posters, and ephemera.
The Erma Davis Bates Collection consists of 1 box of 8 etchings. Images include the Washington Monument, Homewood House, and Goucher College when it was located on St.Paul and 23rd Street in Baltimore.
The T. Edward Hambleton Collection (ca. 500 items) is one of the most extensive assemblages of Baltimore-related prints from nineteenth-century views and maps to twentieth-century printmakers such as Don Swann and Gabrielle de Vincent Clements.
The James Doyle Print Collection contains etchings and prints created by Baltimore artist James Doyle. Doyle worked for various newspapers including the Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore News and was active in the Charcoal Club, Baltimore’s renowned arts club established in 1883.
The John McGrath Print Collection consists of etchings, prints, ephemera, and other materials related to Baltimore artist John McGrath (1998-1942) McGrath was president of the Charcoal Club, the famous Baltimore arts club established in 1883.
The Joseph St. Lawerence Print Collection contains 36 prints and other items created by Baltimore artist Joseph St. Lawrerence. Much of the works are portraits and figures, often nudes, based on biblical and mythological sources. St. Lawerence, an essentially self-taught printer, sculptor, and painter, was one of the first to make use of dry-plate lithography invented by Baltimore printer Harry Gipe in the 1960s.
The Small Print-Portraits Collection consists of nearly 1000 images of both Maryland and non-Maryland related figures including Francis Scott Key, John Eager Howard, William Paca, Edward Tilghman, Edgar Allen Poe, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Charles Calvert, and Napoleon Bonaparte. The prints in this collection are less than 10 x 15 inches in size.
The Small Print-Subject Collection consists of over 1,300 advertisements, woodcuts, etchings, drawings, newspaper images, newspaper clippings, small booklets, and other items. Most date from the 18th and 19th century. The prints in this collection are less than 10 x 15 inches in size.
The Medium Print Collection includes over 600 depictions of events, people, and places important to Maryland’s history. Lithographs, woodcuts, newspaper images, and advertisements represent just some of the various print formats contained in this collection. Images of famous houses, portraits, Baltimore city views, and Civil War fortifications and camps are particular strengths of the collection. The prints in this collection are no larger than 18 x 24 inches.
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.
Prints and Broadsides can also be located through the resources below:
Lois B. McCauley, Maryland Historical Prints, 1752-1889 (available in the Reference Collection at Ref. MNE505.M123 and also in Special Collections)
Laura Rice, Maryland History in Prints, 1743-1900 (available in the main reading room at F182.R53 2002 and also in special collections). To buy this book from the MdHS Press, go to the Publications catalog. Also see the related online exhibit: More Than Meets the Eye: The History of Maryland in Prints