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Robert E. Lee Hall collection

Identifier: MS 2475


This collection consists of the papers of Robert E. Lee Hall (1862-1939), a Baltimore pharmacist, doctor, and lawyer. The papers depict not only Hall's legal career but his involvement in numerous political and community organizations as well.


  • 1885-1952


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Biographical Note

Robert E. Lee Hall--a Maryland pharmacist, doctor, and lawyer--was born in Sullivan County, Missouri on March 19, 1862 and died in Baltimore, Maryland in 1939. Hall received his pharmacy license in Missouri in 1881 and graduated with an M.D. from the Physicians and Surgeons College of Baltimore in 1884. From 1884 to 1894, he practiced pharmacy in Baltimore. Within this period, however, Hall decided to prepare for the bar and entered the Baltimore University School of Law. He graduated in 1894 and was admitted to the legal profession that same year. Since that time, he remained identified with the Baltimore City and Maryland State Bar Association. Among other duties, he served as the attorney and director of the Montebello Permanent Building & Loan Association.

In addition to his extensive legal practice, Hall served on a number of political and community organizations. He actively supported the state and national Democratic Party organizations. In 1904, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and served a single term within that body. In 1913, Hall was made a member of the State Central Democratic Committee. In addition, he was the director of the City-Wide Congress, the president of the Homestead League & Improvement Association, and a member of the Baltimore Reform League.

The clubs in which Hall participated include: the Star-Spangled Banner Association; the 5th Regiment Veteran Corps; Concordia Lodge No. 13, A.F. & A.M.; Concordia Chapel No. 1 Royal Arch.; Jerusalem Council No. 2, R. & S.M.; the Maryland Commandery No. 1, K.T.; and the Boumi Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

Little is known of Hall's personal life. He married Amy Shortt and they had at least two children, Alice Hall Timanus (fl.1965) and Reginald Irving Hall (1895-1965). Reginald followed his father's example and became a prominent Baltimore attorney.


3.0 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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BOX ONE contains incoming correspondence (1892-1939) beloging to Robert E. Lee Hall. There are approximately 300 items, most of which fall between 1907-1920. Included among his correspondents are various political organizations such as the Democratic State Central Committee (circa 1914); the Young Men's Lee League (circa 1915); the Maryland Democratic Party (circa 1912); and the City-Wide Congress (circa 1911). In addition, there are a number of letters from insurance companies, railroads, electric companies, hospitals, and banks.

BOX TWO contains personal account books, bills, receipts, scrapbooks, and school-books of Robert E. Lee Hall. Several account books deal with Waverly and Friendship farms in Baltimore County. The two scrapbooks (1936-1955) contain clippings and articles concerning various aspects of tax law. They were compiled by Robert E. Lee Hall and his son Reginald Irving Hall.

BOXES THREE AND FOUR contain copies of over 200 deeds and mortgages from 1864 to 1953 for properties located in Baltimore and presumably handled by Robert E. Lee Hall. They provide some clue as to type, number, and location of Hall's clients.

BOX FIVE contains reports, account books, membership lists, etc. for several of the political and civic organizations to which Hall belonged. Items related to the Democratic Party organization--such as census records, membership lists, and voter registration books--are included. Moreover, there are a ledger and a membership list for the Homestead League & Improvement Association, an organization in which Hall served as president, as well as an account book for the Montebello Permanent Building & Loan Association, a bank for which Hall was director and attorney. The remaining items concern the Baltimore Retail Druggists Associations, the Suburban Civic Federation, American Locomotive Company, and the Francis Scott Key Carnival Association of Maryland.

BOX SIX contains two groups of materials. First, there are rentbooks and miscellaneous notes belonging to Robert E. Lee Hall. Secondly, there are several items belonging to three separate individuals whose relationship to Hall is uncertain. Perhaps these individuals were clients, relatives, or neighbors. Within this second group are receipts, a passbook, an account book, and a cash book.

BOX SEVEN, like the preceeding box, contains the papers of individuals whose relationship to Hall is unknown. For example, there are logbooks (1903-1907) and a journal for the Baltimore schooner, the "Kate Darlington." The ship was built around 1887 and remained in operation for approximately 50 years. The second group of papers concern a Chinese family by the name of Lang or Fang. Envelopes addressed to the family contain an address on Gorsuch Avenue, the same street where Hall resided only several blocks away. A laundry supply order book contains a listing of Chinese characters with their English meanings as well as a listing of addresses. In addition, there is a bank passbook.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gordon Martin from the Estate of Robert E. Lee Hall.

Separated Materials

Photographs from the collection were separated to form their own collection: PP 0055, Robert E. Lee Hall photograph collection, circa 1900-1930

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of Robert E. Lee Hall (1862-1939), a Baltimore pharmacist, doctor, and lawyer. The papers depict not only Hall's legal career but his involvement in numerous political and community organizations as well. In addition there are several items belonging to individuals whose relationship to Hall is unclear. Perhaps they are papers of clients, relatives, or neighbors. At any rate, they are included in the collection and described as detailed as possible.

Guide to the Robert E. Lee Hall collection
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  • 2020-02-20: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock

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