H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society The Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library enables researchers, students, teachers, and others to have access to the records of Maryland’s past while preserving irreplaceable historical materials for future generations.

The sizeable collection of books, journals, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, prints, oral histories, ephemera, photographs, and microfilm which the library makes available to the public is one of the nation's most extensive and important historical resources. MdHS members are not charged admission to use the Library.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our birthday with us. We are 175 years-young today! We look forward to s...
03/08/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our birthday with us. We are 175 years-young today! We look forward to sharing Maryland's heritage and empowering history lovers of all ages for many years to come. #marylandhistory #baltimore

Attention library patrons: Our Special Collections are temporarily available by appointment only beginning next week, Th...
08/08/2018

Attention library patrons: Our Special Collections are temporarily available by appointment only beginning next week, Thursday, August 16. Schedule appointments Thursdays, Fridays or second Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm, using this form: http://www.mdhs.org/special-collections-appointment-request.

The library’s main reading room and general collection are available, without an appointment, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. The library will close for lunch on Saturdays, 12 pm-1 pm.

This week in UNDERBELLY Sid Levy asks, "What happened to the movie business in Baltimore?"
04/14/2016
Lost City - Baltimore's Grand Theatres

This week in UNDERBELLY Sid Levy asks, "What happened to the movie business in Baltimore?"

What happened to the movie business in Baltimore? Between 1900 and 1970 about 235 movie theatres in Baltimore opened and closed. The technological advances that created this once popular form of en...

Please give a LISTEN to Lubov Breit Keefer, "a female Mencken with a Russian accent," in this week's Underbelly by Micha...
04/01/2016
Lubov Breit Keefer - Baltimore's Grande Dame of the Symphony

Please give a LISTEN to Lubov Breit Keefer, "a female Mencken with a Russian accent," in this week's Underbelly by Michael Mark. It features one of our amazing oral histories:

Lubov Breit Keefer - musician, scholar, teacher, arts activist - was born in 1896 in the industrial city of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine. In the 1910s, her father Alfred Breit came to the United St...

Listen to this great piece the Marc Steiner Show did on our Henderson exhibit at Morgan:
03/14/2016
Paul Henderson: Photographing Morgan :: The Marc Steiner Show

Listen to this great piece the Marc Steiner Show did on our Henderson exhibit at Morgan:

Marc Steiner Show producer Stefanie Mavronis takes us on a tour of an exhibit currently on display at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University called Paul Henderson: Photographing Morgan. A collaboration with the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), it features photographs by Paul…

Hope to see you tomorrow at Morgan, 1-4pm.
03/11/2016

Hope to see you tomorrow at Morgan, 1-4pm.

This week in underbelly: bona drag
03/03/2016
The Paint and Powder Club - "The Oldest Club of its Kind"

This week in underbelly: bona drag

The Paint and Powder Club, established in 1893 as a philanthropic and social club, is dedicated both to camaraderie among its members and assistance to local charities from monies raised with theat...

From cotton duck to parachutes to party tents, happy 200th Loane Bros!
02/26/2016
Loane Bros. reaches 200th year with 6th generation

From cotton duck to parachutes to party tents, happy 200th Loane Bros!

When he set up shop at what is now Harbor East, sailmaker Joseph Loane could not have dreamed where his business was headed.

Tonight at Morgan State University!
02/11/2016
Shooting Morgan: The Morgan State Photos of Paul Henderson

Tonight at Morgan State University!

From 1947 to  1955, photojournalist Paul Henderson documented the people and events of Morgan State University. The Maryland Historical Society, which houses his work began sifting through negatives and prints five years ago trying to ID the people in the photos.…

Save the date: The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 11, 4:30-6:30p at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in the Carl J....
02/02/2016
Exhibit highlights historic work of Morgan State photographer

Save the date: The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 11, 4:30-6:30p at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Building. We hope to see you at Morgan!

An exhibit about to open is encouraging you to be a part of history.

New paid internship opportunity at MdHS. Check out the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Archive Project internships & hel...
01/27/2016
Internships | Maryland Historical Society

New paid internship opportunity at MdHS. Check out the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Archive Project internships & help spread the word. (Photo credit: Jessica Baroody, "Walk to Downtown," April 25, 2015.)

Dating back to 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland’s premier history museum and library preserve and teach four centuries of exciting and dramatic stories to visitors of all ages.

Check out today's Underbelly by Special Collections reference archivist Debbie Harner:
01/21/2016
"White Enough to Pass": Uncovering the story of John Wesley Gibson

Check out today's Underbelly by Special Collections reference archivist Debbie Harner:

"John Wesley Gibson represented himself to be not only the slave, but also the son of William Y. Day, of Taylor's Mount, Maryland..." This is the opening statement of a slave narrative that tells t...

Did you know that cars were once manufactured in Baltimore? Check out this brief history of cars and auto showrooms in t...
01/07/2016
Lost City: Baltimore's Vibrant Automobile Show Rooms

Did you know that cars were once manufactured in Baltimore? Check out this brief history of cars and auto showrooms in the city that really ought to Bikemore in today's UNDERBELLY.

In early 1900s Baltimore, Mt. Royal Avenue looked quite different from the land originally developed in 1881 carved from portions of Oliver and Johns Streets. The advent of the automobile began to ...

Today in Underbelly: Ed Pappenfuse on Poppleton
12/17/2015
Thomas Poppleton's Surveyor's Map that Made Baltimore, 1822

Today in Underbelly: Ed Pappenfuse on Poppleton

Between 1776 and 1820 Baltimore grew like kudzu on a riverbank. Geographically three settlements, the original town, Old town and Fell’s Point were legally merged into one and the official boundar...

Today's underbelly piece is a text-book example of why we do what we do. Check out this account by Johanna Ortner of an ...
12/03/2015
Lost No More: Recovering Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s "Forest Leaves"

Today's underbelly piece is a text-book example of why we do what we do. Check out this account by Johanna Ortner of an amazing find relating to poet and Civil Rights activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s first book of poems had been considered lost to history for well over one hundred years. U-Mass graduate student Johanna Ortner shares the tale of recovering this inc...

Get to know Niernsee!
11/05/2015
John Niernsee: Surveyor, Civil Engineer and Architect

Get to know Niernsee!

John Rudolph Niernsee (1814-1885) was one of Baltimore's most prolific and successful architects. Over the course of his nearly 50 year career he contributed to the designs of more than 150 homes, ...

Guest writer Charles Mitchell on the origins of the Mason-Dixon Line in anticipation of the 250th Anniversary of its cre...
10/07/2015
When Maryland Almost Got Philadelphia: The Remarkable Story of the Mason-Dixon Line

Guest writer Charles Mitchell on the origins of the Mason-Dixon Line in anticipation of the 250th Anniversary of its creation. Enjoy!

It takes a shrewd fellow indeed to persuade the King of England to grant him a charter to all the land in the New World between the colonies of Maryland and New York. When Quaker William Penn II di...

Look for your neighborhood or favorite building in today's UNDERBELLY
09/24/2015
The entire Julius Anderson Photograph Collection is now online

Look for your neighborhood or favorite building in today's UNDERBELLY

In order to raise awareness of our amazing photograph collections, the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Historical Society has entered into a partnership with our neighbors at Digi...

Superintern Lane Walbert spent the summer working on the Joseph Kohl Photo Collection. Here's what she found...
09/17/2015
Baltimore’s Wrestling Superfans

Superintern Lane Walbert spent the summer working on the Joseph Kohl Photo Collection. Here's what she found...

Long-time fans of professional wrestling will remember the sport's golden age—the ’80s—when stars such as Dusty Rhodes, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Ivan and Nikita Koloff, Jake “The Snake” Roberts...

Walking tour! http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/mt-vernon-and-the-creation-of-american-philanthropy-with-the-maryland-h...
09/11/2015
Mount Vernon and the Creation of American Philanthropy with the Maryland Historical Society -...

Walking tour! http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/mt-vernon-and-the-creation-of-american-philanthropy-with-the-maryland-historical-society/

Baltimore Heritage is teaming up with the Maryland Historical Society on this inside-and-out tour to explore the families and fortunes in Mt. Vernon that gave rise to what Maryland Governor Theodore McKeldin termed the “cradle of American Philanthropy.” We’ll start inside the Historical Society wher…

UNDERBELLY offers up some real-estate history from Special Collections volunteer Sidney Levy. Be sure to check out the v...
09/03/2015
E.J. Gallagher: Builder of Lifetime Homes

UNDERBELLY offers up some real-estate history from Special Collections volunteer Sidney Levy. Be sure to check out the very interesting patented "sanitary garbage receiver" system developed by the E.J. Gallagher Company.

In the first decades of the twentieth century Baltimore saw a boom in rowhouse building that came to be dominated by just a handful of builders. One of these developers was Edward Joseph Gallagher,...

Research report: MdHS volunteer curatorial assistant uses both library & museum materials to gain a better understanding...
08/13/2015
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte - The Woman I Have Come to Know

Research report: MdHS volunteer curatorial assistant uses both library & museum materials to gain a better understanding of Betsy

Elizabeth “Betsy” Patterson Bonaparte was just another name to me when I arrived at MdHS in 2012 as a volunteer curatorial assistant. Since that time I have come to know her intimately—not as the ...

R.I.P. Agnes Callum. One of the state's great historians and genealogists.
08/03/2015
Agnes K. Callum

R.I.P. Agnes Callum. One of the state's great historians and genealogists.

Agnes Kane Callum, a prominent genealogist who devoted years of research to Maryland's African-American history, died Wednesday at the Green House Residences of complications from Parkinson's disease. The former East Baltimore resident was 90.

Pre-gaming for this weekend's festivities
07/02/2015
Designing the Washington Monument

Pre-gaming for this weekend's festivities

This Independence Day weekend, Baltimore celebrates the rededication of its most recognizable landmark, the Washington Monument. The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy is hosting the Monumental Bicente...

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Today is Home Movie Day 2107! Are you going? "Come celebrate and enjoy home movies of Baltimore from various local archives, ask for preservation tips from professionals, and revel in the collective experience and beauty of Baltimore's home movies." For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170873083464304/