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.
  • Branch Library Photograph Collection   (Collection Dates 1900- ) The photographs in this collection were gathered from the many branches of the library and date from 1900. Most branches have an advertisement page describing the activities of the local library, along with architectural photos.
  •  Training Class Photographs  (Collection Dates 1928-1944) The collection has 16 photographs of the library training classes, taken by The Hughes Company, Baltimore between 1928 and 1944. All members are identified by name.

 The Pratt Archives will continue to be processed. More to come.