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Photographs at the Baltimore City Archives

Mayor swingingPhotographs at the BCA are scattered throughout various record groups and manuscript collections. The formats include negatives, proof sheets, slides, and prints. Some have been scanned and put up online on our Flickr page.

The following table takes you into the series that contain photographs and gives you a general description of what those series contain. Some of these photographs and slides have been digitized and are available for viewing from the Baltimore City Archives or the Maryland State Archives. If you are interested in making an appointment to view our photographic collections in person, please see our Planning Your Visit page for more information and our online research appointment form.

Record Group Series Info Date Description Link to Guide
BRG-8-7 Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) 1964-2002 Slides of historic Baltimore residences, churches, and others buildings. Some neighborhood views included. Not all parts of the city are featured. Guide
BRG9-13 Mayor Timanus Files 1906 Photographs of two women taken at Bachrach Studios Guide
BRG9-15 Mayor Preston Files 1913-1919 Monument groundbreakings and preliminary studies, Melvin Ave Flooding, Swimming pool Guide
BRG9-16 Mayor Broening Files 1919-1923 War Memorial and Civic Center, men and women protesting for better schools Guide
BRG9-25 Mayor McKeldin 2nd Term Files 1963-1964 Christopher Columbus monument, Battle Monument, Fayette and Calvert Sts. Guide
BRG21-6 Municipal Museum (Peale Museum) Scrapbooks 1940-1981 Scrapbooks contain photographs of exhibitions and events held at the now defunct city-run museum. Guide
BRG29-2 Legislative Reference Files 1956-1958 Archives staff working, Christmas party, Mayor D’Alesandro at signing ceremony, Herbert Fallin Memorial dedication, City library Guide
BRG29-9 Legislative Reference Biography Files 1960-1983 Portraits of Jacob Edelman, Robert C. Marshall, William J. Myers, J. Joseph Curran, Clement J. Prucha, Norman V.A. Reeves, Dr. James B. Stansbury Guide
BRG31-5-3 Education Dept. Files 1927-1956 School Board members, cornerstone laying of several schools, playgrounds Guide
BRG31-13 Education Dept. Files, Bureau of Research and Statistics 1951-1955 Baltimore City Public Schools building survey of 1951 (exterior views only) Guide
BRG38-1 Civil Defense Records 1941-1945 University of Maryland hospital, Red Cross workers, vehicles Guide
BRG48-12-6 Housing Dept. Files 1959-1970 Neighborhood street blocks slides and photographs Guide
BRG48-76-4 Housing Dept. Files 1970-1974 Art Project Files- sculptures and installations Guide
BRG51-3 Department of Recreation and Parks 1950-1983 Activities of the Arts and Crafts division including festivals, recreation centers, projects, exhibitions and shows Guide
BRG51-4 Department of Recreation and Parks 1956-1964 Activities and events involving Harold S. Callowhill Guide
BRG60-16 Department of Planning 1975-1988 Slides of various streetscapes prepared by the Current Planning Bureau Guide
BRG62-3 Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management Inc. 1966-1981 Project files including harbor views, Charles Center, Food vendors, ships, Hyatt Regency construction, and others Guide
BRG69-2 Community College of Baltimore 1964 Black and white photos of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing students. Guide
BRG71-2 Easter Sunrise Service 1930-1938 Photographs depicting Easter Sunrise Service performances from the 1930s. Guide
BRG82-1 Department of Transportation, Highway and Bridge Engineering 1915-1970 Bridge construction progress photographs from various Baltimore projects. Also includes the relocation of the Christopher Columbus column (1930s). Guide
BMS13 Wisner Photographic Collection 1906-1930 Most document the city’s sewer and waste water treatment system. However, they do include views of the harbor, downtown Baltimore, and two early twentieth-century mayors. Guide
BMS20-12 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Record Collection 1890-2007 Photographs depicting every era of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s history including full orchestra shots, tour photos, individual musicians, and guest artists. Guide
BMS26 Miscellaneous Photograph Collection 1890-1990 Photographs, slides and contact sheets relating to various Baltimore City agencies that document work programs, neighborhoods, municipal activities and mayoral administrations. Guide
BMS35 William F. Coye Sr. Photographic Collection 1937 Photographs of the construction of the 7 mile long tunnel bringing water from the Gunpowder River to the Montebello Filtration Plant, constructed by J.F. Shea Co. Guide
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