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Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum works on paper collection

Identifier: PBWP


The Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum maintained a significant collection of historical material on Baltimore. Included in the collection are hundreds of Works on Paper, dating from 1706, in the form of prints, manuscripts, maps, posters, and ephemera.

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  • 1709-1996

Conditions Governing Access

The 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.

Biographical / Historical

Constructed in 1814 as the Peale Museum at 225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, the building served other uses after 1831 until it reopened in 1931 as the Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore. In 1985, the name was changed to the Peale Museum of the Baltimore City Life Museums (also known as Baltimore City Life Museum or BCLM) to reflect its inclusion in a group of several associated historic sites and museums.

The Baltimore City Life Museums collected and exhibited objects pertaining to the history of the city of Baltimore and its people. In addition, at its Peale site, it maintained a Museum Reference Center with particularly strong holdings of historical prints and photographs.

In 1997, the Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding. The collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.


145 Linear Feet (145 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection has been kept in the original order/numbering system it was in when received from BCLM.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.

Guide to the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum works on paper collection
In Progress
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-30: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.

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