Bureau of Recreation photograph collection
The Bureau of Recreation photograph collection comprises four boxes of photographic prints and some film negatives depicting activities sponsored by the Baltimore Bureau of Recreation, the Playground Athletic League, and the Children’s Playground Association from 1911 to 1936.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
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4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection is broken down into 28 Series:
Series I: Apparatus
Series II: Arts
Series III: Awards
Series IV: African-American Activities
Series V: Christmas
Series VI: Circus
Series VII: Costumes
Series VIII: Dressmaking
Series IX: Easter
Series X: Exhibitions
Series XI: Festivals, Districts
Series XII: Festivals, Stadium, 1926-1929
Series XIII: Games and Sports
Series XVI: Health
Series XV: Playground Activities
Series XVI: Hochschild Kohn “Play Day”
Series XVII: Indians
Series XVIII: Miscellaneous (PTA meeting, Washington’s Birthday, and unlabeled
Series XIX: Pageants
Series XX: Pets & Plants
Series XXI: Plays by Children
Series XXII: Playgrounds
Series XXIII: Pools & Showers
Series XXIV: Storytelling & Libraries
Series XXV: Safety Instructions
Series XXVI: Summer Camps
Series XXVII: Winter
Series XXVIII: CPA Membership Cards
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection was acquired in 1966 by the Peale Museum. In 1997 the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding. Their collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.
Scope and Contents
The Bureau of Recreation Photograph Collection consists of four boxes of 893 images, primarily photographic prints with a few film negatives, depicting activities sponsored by the Baltimore Bureau of Recreation, the Playground Athletic League, and the Children’s Playground Association from 1911 to 1936. The images encompass children from different ethnic and racial groups at parks, playgrounds, public schools, and public libraries engaged in various recreational and leisure time activities.
There are also two Children's Playground Association membership cards in Series XXVIII.
- Guide to the Bureau of Recreation photograph collection
- In Progress
- Damon Talbot and Delaney Hochrein
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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- 2020-05-05: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.
Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository
H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
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Baltimore MD 21201 United States