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Charles Chaney photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0093


This collection contains photographs taken by Charles Chaney and placed in album titled "Vacation Memories, Summer '02", with scenes in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.


  • 1902


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Historical Note

In the early 20th century, the choices were many for people wishing to make holiday excursions by train in the mid-Atlantic region. From Baltimore, among the available train routes were the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, absorbed into the Pennsylvania Railroad system in 1902, ran north from Baltimore through Maryland towns in Harford and Cecil Counties, and through Delaware to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad departed Baltimore from Camden and Mount Royal Stations with trains to New York, Washington, or out to the mid-West via West Virginia, making plenty of local stops at small towns including Relay on the Patapsco River in southern Baltimore County.

On the Northern Central Railroad, one could head north of Baltimore to stations at Cylburn, Brightside, Woodberry, Mount Washington, Lake Roland, Ruxton, Lutherville, and Timonium. Other branches turned toward Phoenix, Monkton, White Hall, and Parkton, or Walker, Blue Mount, Bentley Springs, New Freedom, Shrewsbury, Glatfelter, and on to York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Northern Central Railroad ran special trains to Timonium, Maryland when the State Fair was in progress every year in August, and thousands of people would depart for this event from the Calvert Station, which stood on the site of the Sun offices at Centre and Calvert Streets.

Charles Chaney was evidently a train enthusiast, in that he not only traveled by train but also focused his camera on specific train engines, identifying them by type or name in his album: the "big double-header" excursion train on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, or the NCR Railroad (engine) #3119. He knew, in some cases, the train’s history; for example, that NCR #3119 was President McKinley’s funeral train. Chaney may have been an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio or Pennsylvania Railroad, possibly working out of New York.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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The photoprints remain in the album.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert M. Vogel, 1984.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one album containing 42 photoprints, of which 40 are gelatin silver prints and two are cyanotypes. Titled "Vacation Memories, Summer ‘02", the album documents a vacation by Charles Chaney in August of 1902, with scenes in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Specific locations include Woodberry, Lake Roland, and Hollins in Maryland, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and Mount Vernon, Virginia. Many of the photographs depict trains and locations accessible by train, with several specific train engines identified, and one photo depicts an old horse car.

Guide to the Charles Chaney photograph collection
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Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-27: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States