Special Collections Collection and State Library Resources

Enoch Pratt Free Library Archives (Pratt Archives)

  • Enoch Pratt Papers (Card CatalogCollection dates 1852-1896) Includes correspondence, ephemera and other items relating to the conception and creation of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. A number of Enoch Pratt’s personal items are included.
  • Lewis H. Steiner Papers (Collection Dates 1852-1896) The collection includes administrative papers and correspondence of the first librarian of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which documents the daily operations and early decision making process of the institution.
  • Bernard C. Steiner Papers (Collection Dates 1892-1926) The papers and correspondence of the second library director, who oversaw an expansion of the library and its services, including mail-in ready reference and the growth of Baltimore's system of branch libraries.
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library:  Photographs and Ephemera The collection consists of photographs, ephemera and articles related to both the First Enoch Pratt Free Central Library on Mulberry Street (pre-1932) and the new Central Library (1932). The collection combines a set of photographs of training classes (1928-1944) and the branches (1900-).