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H. Graham Wood manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 3173


This collection contains research materials compiled by H. Graham Wood for his studies on steamboats and his book, “Steamboats out of Baltimore.”


  • 1812 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1860 - 1960


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

H. Graham Wood (1910-1998) was a steamboat enthusiast who was devoted to documenting those that operated on the Chesapeake Bay. Wood was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in the Roland Park neighborhood almost his entire life. He attended the Gilman School and Johns Hopkins University. After he completed his law degree at the University of Maryland, he went to work as a trust officer at the First National Bank of Maryland, where he worked until his retirement in 1975. He married Clara Gertrude Beecher in 1939 and had two children, Robert G. Wood and Virginia Wood (Delauney). After the death of Gertrude, he married Florence Tottle Frey in 1977.

In his spare time, Wood studied steamboats. He had become interested in their history and mechanics after witnessing the burning of the “Three Rivers” as a teenager in 1924 from aboard the “Middlesex,” which helped rescue passengers from the burning boat. His passion led him to join the Steamship Historical Society of America, for which he served as treasurer from 1951 to 1999, and the Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society. He also helped found the Roland Park Little League in 1952 and played baseball, softball, and basketball into his 50’s. He was also involved with the Johns Hopkins and Elkridge Clubs.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in four series: Research Notes and Data, Steamboat and Transportation Ephemera, Articles and Publications, and Scrapbooks and Bound Volumes. The folder titles in Series I reflect the categories given by Wood. These documents were originally held in labeled manila envelopes. Series II is organized alphabetically by company names, and Series III is arranged by category of article.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of H. Graham Wood, 1998.

Related Materials

PP299, H. Graham Wood photograph collection, 1860-1965

Scope and Contents

The collection contains research materials compiled by H. Graham Wood for his studies on steamboats and his book, “Steamboats out of Baltimore.” This includes detailed notes on the various steamboat lines that operated on the Chesapeake Bay, including their routes, schedules, and captains. Wood also collected ephemera and publications on the topic of steamboats, which represent a significant part of the collection.

Guide to the H. Graham Wood manuscript collection
Under Revision
Lara Westwood
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-13: 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