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Chandlee photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0097


This collection contains photographs collected by the Chandlee family of Baltimore, Maryland, including studio portraits and informal snapshots of Chandlee and Mottu family members and friends.


  • 1889-1909

Conditions Governing Access

The nitrate negatives are restricted to the public. The remainer of the collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical

The Mottu family of Baltimore was headed by Theodore Mottu, whose birthplace was just North of Rogers Avenue between Park Heights Avenue and the Old Pimlico Road at Arlington (then Baltimore County). Theodore Mottu operated a lumber company at 1012-22 Pennsylvania Avenue which was later taken over by his sons, Thomas H. and Theodore Mottu, Jr. (1872-1952), being dissolved in 1930.

The Mottu family intermarried with the Chandlee family in several generations. Alexander W. Chandlee (1864-1920) married Mary A. Mottu Chandlee (1865-1938), and a Frances Chandlee married Theodore Mottu, Jr. Alexander W. Chandlee also headed a business, his in china and glassware wholesale, with quarters at the corner of Lombard and Hanover Sts. Alexander Chandlee's sons George Mottu Chandlee (born 1887) and Theodore Mottu Chandlee (born 1895) became president and vice-president of the firm, respectively, after Alexander's death.

Around the start of the 20th century, both families had members living within a few blocks in the Walbrook neighborhood of Baltimore.


0.07 Linear Feet (1 full Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The photoprints are arranged according to PP catalog number. The negatives are housed in the nitrate storage area, arranged according to negative catalog number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George M. Chandlee, Jr., 1979.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with 18 folders containing 18 photoprints, and twelve nitrate film negatives, originating in years 1889-1909. The photographs are studio portraits and informal snapshots of Chandlee and Mottu family members and friends. One of the studio portraits is a "multigraph", wherein several views of the same person are imposed into one overall composition. There are scenes of tennis, boys eating watermelon at Walbrook, people with bicycles, and a football team at Baltimore City College in 1905. There are several shots of the 1904 Baltimore Fire, including some unusual ones of the fire in progress from Federal Hill across the harbor. There are also some photos made at Bradford's Grove, which may be in Washington County, Maryland.

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

  • 2020-01-27: 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