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Briarley Hall Military Academy scrapbook

Identifier: MS 3229


Scrapbook containing photographs, ephemera, and notes from the Cadet L.F. Crocker’s time at Briarley Military Academy in Poolesville, Maryland.


  • 1918-1920


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Historical Note

Briarley Hall Military Academy began as Briarley Hall Female Academy in 1874 in Poolesville Maryland, located in Montgomery County. The school continued to educate girls exclusively until roughly 1907, when it became a boarding house. In 1912, the buildings and grounds re-opened as a private military academy for boys under the instruction and guidance of Captain Sydney Lodge, a former instructor and athletic coach at the New York Military Academy at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson. Captain Lodge instilled strict military discipline in his pupils, aged 8-18. The boys were required to wear uniforms and engage in rigorous study and exercise. Athletics played a large role in life at the academy. The school had active teams in football, baseball, basketball, and track, as well as tennis, swimming, and skating. Briarley Hall Military Academy remained in operation until the depression hit, when parents could no longer afford to send their children to private school. The property now serves as a private residence.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The pages within the scrapbook are fixed in the order in which the creator maintained them.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Billie Rice in 2019.


Crook, Mary Charlotte. “The Briarley Hall Schools.” The Montgomery County Story, May 1983.

Scope and Contents

This collection is contained within one large scrapbook, kept by Cadet Lieutenant Crocker during his attendance at Briarley Hall Military Academy. The first five pages contain notes to Crocker from his friends, followed by four pages of athletic team reports and calendar events. Most of the events detailed in the calendar reference sporting events and practices, as well as day-to-day happenings at school and with friends. Then follows 25 pages of photographs, captioned with the names of teammates, roommates, teachers, and places on campus. Many photographs depict players wearing football and baseball uniforms, circa 919. One page follows of newspaper clippings containing Briarley football and baseball write-ups. The final pages of the scrapbook contain various ephemera Crocker kept and pasted into the book, including fliers, a commencement program, a lost button and hair clips, a handkerchief, and grass taken from a football field, among others. All of the pieces of ephemera have been labeled with a corresponding caption and date.

Guide to the Briarley Hall Military Academy scrapbook
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  • 2020-01-03: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Catherine Mayfield.

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