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Radcliffe photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0039


This collection contains 1 box of photographs collected by George Radcliffe that show scenes of the Susquehanna Railroad Bridge under construction. There are also two photographs of the residence of Dr. William L. Larkin of Baltimore.


  • 1865-1970s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

George Lovic Pierce Radcliffe (1877-1974) was a lawyer, banker, farmer, politician, historian and humanitarian. Born on his family's farm in Dorchester Co., Maryland, Radcliffe grew up on the Eastern Shore, graduated from Cambridge High School, then went to Baltimore, earning a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1901. He taught history at Baltimore City College, then took a law degree at the Univeristy of Maryland in 1903. After admission to the bar, he worked as a business attorney, becoming president of the American Bonding Company and also 1st Vice President of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland by 1913. Turning his attention to political service, he was Liquor License Commissioner of Baltimore City from 1916-1919, and became Secretary of State of Maryland in 1919. In the 1930s, he was regional advisor of the Public Works Administration, at the request of Franklin Roosevelt. He was a United States Senator from 1934-1946.

He was involved in a myriad of public welfare organizations, including working as state chairman of the Infantile Paralysis March of Dimes Campaign for over thirty years. A lifelong interest in Maryland history impelled his involvement in many roles and activities beyond his professional and political life; foremost, he was President of the Maryland Historical Society from 1939-1964, and the Society's chairman from 1965-1974.

George Radcliffe married Mary McKim Marriott (1881-1963) in 1906, and the couple had a son, George Marriott Radcliffe.

The Susquehanna Railroad Bridge was built for the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad between 1861-1865. The draw bridge had fourteen piers and spanned from Havre de Grace to Perryville.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The photoprints are arranged according to PP catalog number. The glass negatives are arranged according to negative catalog numbers, which scheme incorporates the size of the negative.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George M. Radcliffe, 1977.

Related Materials

MS 2280, George L. Radcliffe papers, 1895-1972

OH 8075, George L. Radcliffe oral history interview, 1974

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 1 folder containing 21 modern photoprints made at the Maryland Historical Society in the 1980s from glass negatives made ca. 1865. Subjects include the home of a Dr. William L. Larkin, and stereoviews of the Susquehanna Railroad Bridge under construction.

Guide to the Radcliffe photograph collection
Under Revision
Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-17: 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