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Marjorie Martinet manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 3214


Contains the papers of Marjorie Martinet. This includes correspondence, financial documents, ephemera from organizations to which Martinet presumably belonged, and more.


  • 1909-1978


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 Note

Marjorie Martinet (November 3, 1886- September 1, 1981) was an artist and art teacher who was born and raised in Baltimore. She attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she met her eventual life partner, the prominent sculptor Beatrice Fenton, but graduated from the Maryland Institute (now MICA). Their relationship was the part of a 2014 exhibit about LGBT artists at the American Archives of American Art in Washington, DC. Martinet lived for many years with her parents at 4102 Ridgewood Avenue in Baltimore, and was actively involved with the Woman’s Literary Club of Baltimore. She was also a graduate of The Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland and maintained a close relationship with the school for many years. From 1910 until 1940, she also ran her own art school located at 516 N Charles Street, and later at 10 East Franklin Street in Baltimore. She seems to have moved to Philadelphia sometime in the late 1960s to live with Beatrice Fenton and Fenton’s sister, Doris, at 621 Westview Street. She appears to have died in Philadelphia, but is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Material arranged by subject matter and format.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Andy Walker, July 17, 2015; accession # 2015-044-LIB.

Related Materials

Marjorie Martinet Photograph Collection, circa 1901-1963, PP 0327

Scope and Contents

The collection contains ephemera related to the Woman’s Club of Baltimore (WCB), correspondence (including many drafts of letters from Martinet) and ephemera related to the Oldfields School, drafts Martinet’s will and her tax records, and legal, tax documents, and ephemera related to Beatrice and Doris Fenton. Of particular interest are the WCB ephemera for women’s intellectual and social history in Baltimore, the legal documents relating to the Fentons (given Beatrice Fenton’s prominence as a sculptor), and correspondence with Oldfields School, especially regarding Martinet’s gift to the school in 1970, and damage from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

Guide to the Marjorie Martinet manuscript collection
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Michael Scott
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-23: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.

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