The Brown Collection consists of 483 glass and film negatives. The images are primarily unidentified views of Baltimore and vicinity taken by members of the Baltimore Camera Club.There are also informal and posed portraits, rural scenes (landscape and nature shots), parades (including Baltimore’s homecoming parade of 1907), the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, beach and boardwalk views, and maritime views.
- Baltimore Camera Club (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The Baltimore Camera Club, founded in 1883, is the nation’s second oldest photography club. It is still in existence as of April 2015. The club hosts lectures, holds competitions, and provides programs on photography. Over the course of its more than 130 year history the club’s membership has included photographers such as Edward Bafford, A. Aubrey Bodine, John Dubas, and countless others.
24 Linear Feet (24 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Collection is broken down into 14 Series organized by subject. The order and series descriptions were retained from BCLM’s original scheme.
Series I: Outdoor Portraits
Series II: Rural Architecture, People Outdoors
Series III: Indoor Portraits
Series IV: Fire Scenes
Series V: Baltimore City, Miscellaneous Scenes
Series VI: Nature
Series VII: Beach Scenes
Series VIII: Parade and Maritime Scenes
Series IX: Maritime; Bayside Resort Hospital
Series X: Hospital; Key West; Workshops; Wildlife
Series XI Seaside Parade
Series XII: Xmas Party; Theatre; Nature
Series XIII: Nature; Swimming; Rural Architecture
Series XIV: Miscellaneous
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection was acquired in 1967 by the Peale Museum: Donor: Mrs. Francis Brown; Acc#1967.11. 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 Brown Collection consists of 483 negatives in 24 boxes. The images are primarily unidentified views of Baltimore and vicinity taken by members of the Baltimore Camera Club. Most are 5x7 or smaller glass negatives, with some 4x5 or smaller film negatives. The photographs date from 1900 and 1918 with most of taken circa 1900 - 1910. Images include informal and posed portraits, rural scenes (landscape and nature shots), parades (including Baltimore’s homecoming parade of 1907), the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, beach and boardwalk views, and maritime views.
The photographers are unidentified. Some of the photographs may have been taken by John Dubas, a member of the Camera Club. Others may have been taken by Harry A. Brown, a photographer in Baltimore in the 1890s and early 1900s.
- Guide to the Brown collection
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- Damon Talbot and Delaney Hochrein
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- 2020-05-05: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.