Edwin Warfield manuscript collection
This collection contains scrapbooks and correspondence related to Governor Edwin Warfield’s career. The scrapbooks hold newspaper clippings, correspondence, and more about major issues Warfield faced as governor, especially on environmental issues such as oyster preservation and game and hunting laws. A large portion of correspondence is related to the proposed Poe Amendment.
- 1893 - 1910
- Majority of material found within 1903 - 1907
- Warfield, Edwin, 1848-1920 (Person)
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The collection is open for research use.
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Biographical / Historical
Edwin Warfield (1848-1920) served as the 45th governor of Maryland from 1904 to 1908. He was born to Margaret Gassaway Watkins and Albert Gallatin Warfield at “Oakdale” in Howard County, Maryland. He spent most of his career in public service. He worked as a public school teacher while he studied law. In 1874, he was appointed the Register of Wills in Howard County and then went on to hold offices as a state senator, Senate President, Surveyor of the Port of Baltimore, and Governor of Maryland. Warfield also helped found the Fidelity & Deposit Company, for which he served as president from 1893 to 1920, and was involved in newspaper publishing. He owned and edited the Ellicott City Times from 1882 to 1886, and in 1888, he purchased the Daily Record, which was owned by the family until 1994. He served as Maryland Historical Society President from 1913 until his death. Warfield married Emma Nicodemus (1858-1923) in 1886. They had four children: Carrie W. Harris, Louise Ledochowski, Emma Warfield, and Edwin Warfield, Jr.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Christine Swerda-Poole and Stephen Poole, December 22, 2015.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains scrapbooks and correspondence related to Governor Edwin Warfield’s career. The scrapbooks hold newspaper clippings, correspondence, and more about major issues Warfield faced as governor, especially on environmental issues such as oyster preservation and game and hunting laws. A large portion of correspondence is related to the proposed Poe Amendment, a voter disfranchisement bill, which Warfield did not support. Most of the letters praise Warfield for going against the amendment and his political party, but some correspondents wrote in support of the bill. Of particular note are copies of “Maryland,” a song by Minnie E. Hicks sung at the Jamestown Exposition, typed in braille.
The collection is divided into five series based on document type or topic: Scrapbooks, Correspondence, Jamestown Exposition, Maryland Democratic Party, and English Law. The series are organized chronologically, and items with the same date are arranged alphabetically. Photocopies of the loose newspaper clippings have been included due to the deteriorating condition of the originals. The strings which bound the scrapbooks have also been removed as they caused tearing to the pages when turned.
- Guide to the Edwin Warfield manuscript collection
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- Lara Westwood
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- 2020-04-17: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.