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Edwin Defrain Taylor photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0088


This collection contains views of Wicomico County, as well as portraits of John Edwin Taylor, Maryland legislator, along with his family and friends.


  • 1905-1923

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This collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

The Honorable John E. Taylor (born 1850) was well known in public life in Wicomico County in the early 1900s, representing the county for many years in the State Legislature. Born in Riverton, Maryland, the son of John B. and Mary Taylor, John Taylor was educated in public schools and at Bryant and Stratton’s Business College in Baltimore. A Democrat, he was elected to the office of County Commissioner in 1891, and to the House of Delegates in 1897. He was influential in the development of telephone infrastructure in the region, having overseen the building and served as manager of the Riverton-Delmar service line. Taylor married Miss Annie E. Defrain of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 full Hollinger box)

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The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers, and the glass negatives are arranged according to negative catalog numbers. The two larger format photoprints are stored in the "Medium Photographs" area in the Print and Photographs Division, according to subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edwin DeFrain Taylor, 1984.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with six folders containing six photoprints, one album containing 12 photoprints, two larger format photoprints housed in the "medium photograph" area, and 13 glass negatives, some of which match photoprints. The dates are 1905-1923; subjects are Wicomico County views, incuding steamboat wharves, a schoolhouse and a church, and portraits of John Edwin Taylor, family, and friends circa 1905-1912. There are also two images of the Maryland General Assembly, 1912.

The collection also contains 61 pieces of printed ephemera, including invitations and other memorabilia from contemporary places and events: Talbot County Fair, Maryland colleges and universities, student report cards and commencement materials, an almanac (1884-1885) by Chesapeake Guano Company, an 1886 schooner cargo order, and Maryland government pamphlets and stationery.

Guide to the Edwin Defrain Taylor photograph collection
Under Revision
Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-26: 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