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Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum glass negatives collection

Identifier: PBGN


The Peale/BCLM glass negatives collection contains 118 boxes of 4 x 5 inch, 5 x 7 inch, 6 x 8 inch, 8 x 10 inch, and odd sized glass negatives. The negatives document Baltimore’s history including architecture, residents, neighborhoods, businesses, politics, and much more.

Negatives may be copy negatives of materials in the collection and creators listed are the original photographers (unless noted).


  • circa 1848-1989

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

Constructed in 1814 as the Peale Museum at 225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, the building served other uses after 1831 until it reopened in 1931 as the Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore. In 1985, the name was changed to the Peale Museum of the Baltimore City Life Museums (also known as Baltimore City Life Museum or BCLM) to reflect its inclusion in a group of several associated historic sites and museums.

The Baltimore City Life Museums collected and exhibited objects pertaining to the history of the city of Baltimore and its people. In addition, at its Peale site, it maintained a Museum Reference Center with particularly strong holdings of historical prints and photographs.

In 1997, the Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding. The collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.


118 Linear Feet (118 boxes) : Glass negatives ; 4 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches, 6 x 8 inches, 8 x 10 inches, and odd sizes

Language of Materials



The collection has been kept in the original order/numbering system it was in when received from BCLM. The key to the numbering system is as follows: B = Bodine; MC = Museum photograph; CC = City photograph. All other item IDs indicate an item other than a photograph is represented.

This collection has been broken up into 5 smaller collections based on the dimensions of the negatives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.

Guide to the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum glass negatives collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-21: 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