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Digital Collections

Providing online access to digital versions of rare and unique materials, including historical maps, photographs, reports, books, manuscripts, artwork, and other media.

To view more digital collections from libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions throughout Maryland, visit Digital Maryland.

Adalbert Volk Etchings

Adalbert Volk Etchings

A selection of etchings and illustrations by Adalbert Volck. The images are primarily those of and for The Wednesday Club, a Baltimore organization of which Dr. Volck was a founder and active member. Includes illustrations for theater programs and the sheet music for Innes Randolph's cantata The Grasshopper.

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African American Funeral Programs Collection

African American Funeral Programs Collection

The African American Funeral Programs Collection consists of more than 1800 funeral service programs from the 1960s to the present collected by the African American Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

Aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

A selection of photographs, documents, and books that tell the story of the devastation brought on by the great Baltimore fire of 1904 and how Baltimore survived and rebuilt.

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Baltimore Centennial Celebrations

Baltimore Centennial Celebrations

The Centennial Celebrations Collection consists of 34 photographs of Baltimore's Sesqui-Centennial Celebration held October 11-19, 1880 and its Bicentennial Celebration held September 12-15, 1929.

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Bethlehem Steel Co. Maryland

Bethlehem Steel Co. Maryland

This collection from the Maryland Department's photograph collection consists of 117 photographs taken between 1891 and 1962 of the Bethlehem Steel Company in Maryland--at both its Baltimore Yard on Key Highway in Baltimore City and its Sparrows Point Yard in Baltimore County.

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Broadside Verses Collection

Broadside Verses Collection

A selection of broadsides, which were used in Maryland in the mid-19th century for political agitation, advertisements, poems, ballads, and Civil War propaganda.

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Carl Spoerer's Sons Company

Carl Spoerer's Sons Company

A collection of photographs, mechanical drawings, and documents of Carl Spoerer's Sons Company, one of the earliest manufacturers of motor vehicles in Maryland, that shows the transition from the blacksmith and carriage shop to motor vehicle manufacturer.

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Cator Collection of Maryland Views

Cator Collection of Maryland Views

Nearly two hundred etchings, engravings, watercolors, prints, and other images depicting historic Baltimore, Maryland and environs from 1752 to 1930.

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Chicory

Chicory

A magazine of poetry and art by Baltimore resident published by the Enoch Pratt Free Library from 1966 to 1983

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Edgar Allan Poe Collection

Edgar Allan Poe Collection

A selection of personal letters, images and poeiana from the Edgar Allan Poe Collection. Includes important letters regarding Poe's mysterious death in 1849.

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Enoch Pratt Free Library Archives

Enoch Pratt Free Library Archives

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Archives collection documents the history of the Baltimore public library system, established in 1882, and contains library cards, performance charts, documents, photographs and engravings.

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Film in Maryland

Film in Maryland

A selection of digitized items that center on the theme of Film in Maryland. Includes ephemera from the Maryland Department Ephemera Collection.

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Greeting Cards from Holidays Past

Greeting Cards from Holidays Past

The earliest greeting cards were handmade and date to ancient China, but by the 1850s they were being published thanks to advances in printing and the invention of the postage stamp in 1840.The Enoch Pratt Greeting Card Collection contains over 71,000 items dating back to 1870. The majority of the cards are Christmas, but other …

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H. L. Mencken Collection

H. L. Mencken Collection

Portraits, photographs, drafts, letters and artifacts from the personal collection of Baltimore journalist and critic, H. L. Mencken, (1880 - 1956).

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Hilda Holme Collection

Hilda Holme Collection

A selection of 116 items from the Hilda Holme Collection showing the chronological development of book illustration from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

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Hugh H. Young Collection of Colonial Maryland Papers

This collection consists of 35 seventeenth and early eighteenth century documents related to the founding and development of the Colony of Maryland.

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Mapping Maryland's Counties

Mapping Maryland's Counties

A selection of historic maps that provides snapshots of the growth and development of Maryland's counties and the City of Baltimore from 1650-1939.

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Maryland Library's Most Wanted

Maryland Library's Most Wanted

The images in this collection are part of a 2006 initiative which sought the public's help in identifying photographs from the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Since the project began, members of the public have contributed the locations, people, and other information about many of the photos; however, some remain unidentified.

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Maryland Colonial Currency

Maryland Colonial Currency

A collection of Maryland colonial and continental currency dating from 1767 to 1776.

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Maryland in Postcards

Maryland in Postcards

A selection of vintage postcards sent from Maryland during the years 1905-1922. They document famous landmarks and tourist attractions, streets and natural scenery, parks, buildings and city panoramas, lakes and rivers, etc.

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Construction Photos of Enoch Pratt Central Library

Construction Photos of Enoch Pratt Central Library

This collection contains 48 official photographs, taken by the Hughes Company between June 1931 and February 1933, from the George A. Fuller Company, contractors of the new Central Library building of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Portraits of the Six Lords Baltimore

Portraits of the Six Lords Baltimore

The paintings in this collection portray an entire dynasty of colonial proprietors, the six Lords Baltimore. One after the other, they controlled, in gradually lessening degree, the peopling, the economic development, and the government of Maryland for 137 years.

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Sachse's Bird's Eye View of City of Baltimore 1869

Sachse's Bird's Eye View of City of Baltimore 1869

This 5 1/2 by 12 foot map of Baltimore was lithographer Edward Sachse's most ambitious work. The images in this digital collection allow the viewer not only to see the exquisite detail of the original map's 12 parts, but also to view and appreciate in composite form this achievement in art and mapmaking.

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Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European Maps

Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European Maps

A collection of maps dating from 1629-1759 by some of Europe's most renown mapmakers of the age.

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Slave Documents Collection

Slave Documents Collection

A selection of documents related to the ownership of slaves.

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Sports in Maryland

Sports in Maryland

A selection of Maryland sports related items, including game schedules, programs, personal correspondence and documents from sports organizations.

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Views of African American life in Maryland

Views of African American life in Maryland

The photographs in this collection provide a glimpse into the social, economic, and political lives of African American Marylanders over time. The images feature scenes from Baltimore City and various counties throughout the state, including views at work, school life, recreation, communities, public spaces and individuals.

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War Posters

War Posters

The Enoch Pratt Free Library houses over 500 original World War I and World War II posters. Acting as a propaganda tool, the posters urged Americans to work, conserve, and fight for the war effort.

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Wine and Food Society of Baltimore Collection

Wine and Food Society of Baltimore Collection

The Wine and Food Society of Baltimore Collection consists of a sampling of 31 historical documents, invitations, and dinner programs from the years 1947 to 1982.

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Woman Suffrage in Maryland Collection

Woman Suffrage in Maryland Collection

The Woman Suffrage in Maryland Collection consists of a selection of 23 letters, pamphlets, and other ephemera dating from 1884 to 1920 taken from the Enoch Pratt Free Library's larger collection on the struggle for woman suffrage in Maryland.

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Works Progress Administration of Maryland

Works Progress Administration of Maryland

A selection of photographs documenting the activities of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of Maryland. The WPA employed thousands of people throughout the state during the Great Depression.

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World War II in Maryland

Virtual Exhibit

Great Baltimore Fire

In addition to viewing the images contained in the Aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 digital collection, you can also follow the "footprints" of the fire online. This interactive exhibit shows how the fire spread, and includes images and film footage.