The images included in the Baltimore Collection depict major historical events and scences from everyday life in and around Baltimore during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The 96 photographs that make up this collection were gathered from diverse sources and present a broad look at the people who lived in Baltimore and the various events that have shaped the city's history.
The subjects covered in this collection include the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, Edgar Allen Poe and his memorialization, and the Baltimore Sesqui-Centennial of 1880, a citywide celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Baltimore. This collection also presents images of "The Roosevelt Meeting" between President Theodore Roosevelt, Cardinal Gibbons, and Bishop Murray at Oriole Park on September 28, 1918, held as part of a Liberty Loan Campaign during World War One. In addition to these prominent historical events and figures, the Baltimore Collection photographs also depicts the natural and city landscapes in and around Baltimore, as well as of the Baltimoreans who lived and worked in these areas.
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The prints in this collection were scanned by Special Collections student assistant Gargee Anjikar. The negatives were digitized by volunteer Sarah Klimek. Sarah Klimek also provided the descriptive metadata and contextual information for the photographs.