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Theodore R. McKeldin photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0286


This collection contains photographs from the personal collection of Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin (1970 -1974). The majority of the images were taken during McKeldin’s term as Governor (1951-1959) and his two terms as Mayor (1943-1947; 1963-1967).


  • 1929-1967

Conditions Governing Access

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

Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin was born in Baltimore on November 20, 1900. He attended Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland where he earned a law degree in 1925. A Republican, in 1943 he was elected to his first term as Mayor of Baltimore, serving until 1947. In 1950, after three previous unsuccessful runs, McKeldin became the 53rd Governor of Maryland, after defeating incumbent Democrat William Preston Lane Jr. During his two terms as governor he became known for improvements of the state highway system and for his support of the civil rights movement. After retiring from public life in 1959, he returned to private practice in Baltimore until 1963 when he ran successfully for another term as Baltimore’s mayor. McKeldin died on August 10, 1974.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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The collection is arranged chronologically by year with photographs that are not dated found at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated to the Maryland Historical Society’s Oral History Office in 1976 by Honolulu Claire Manzer McKeldin, Theodore McKeldin’s widow, to be used as part of the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Project program and exhibit.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 252 photographs, mostly 8x10 or smaller black and white prints, from Theodore McKeldin’s personal collection. The majority are images of McKeldin in his official capacity as Governor of Maryland (1951 – 1959) and Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947; 1963-1967). Others featured in the photographs include: U.S. Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Earl Warren; Baltimore Mayor Howard W. Jackson; Baltimore Mayor William Broening; Maryland Governor Herbert O' Conor; Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro; U.S. Solicitor General Simon Sobeloff; President Dwight Eisenhower; Vice President Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth II.

Guide to the Theodore R. McKeldin photograph collection
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Damon Talbot
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-05: 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