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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 Volck and the Humanities - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryAdalbert Volck and the Humanities

A selection of etchings and illustrations by Adalbert Volck.  The images are primarily those of and for The Wednesday Club, a Baltimoreorganization 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryAfrican 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryAftermath 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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Broadside Verses Collection - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryBroadside 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryCarl 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 Baltimore Views - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryCator Collection of Baltimore 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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Edgar Allan Poe Collection - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryEdgar 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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Film in Maryland - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryFilm 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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Greetings from Holidays Past Collection - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryGreetings from Holidays Past Collection

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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryH. 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryHilda 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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Mapping Maryland's Counties - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryMapping 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryMaryland 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryMaryland Colonial Currency

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

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Maryland in Postcards - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryMaryland 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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Official Photographs From Contractor of New Building - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryOfficial Photographs From Contractor of New Building

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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryPortraits 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibrarySachse'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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibrarySeventeenth 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibrarySlave Documents Collection

A selection of documents related to the ownership of slaves.

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Sports in Maryland - Enoch Pratt Free LibrarySports 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryViews 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryWar 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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Woman Suffrage in Maryland Collection - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryWoman 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 - Enoch Pratt Free LibraryWorks 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.

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