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Figgins photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0027


This collection contains photographs made or collected by Lt. Bernard W. Figgins, thought to have originated during his service in the United States Navy in World War I, depicting ships (Stockton, USS Von Steuben, Jason, USS Hopkins) and crews including African American sailors. There are a few images made in 1964-1970.


  • 1917-1970


Conditions Governing Access

This 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

Lt. Bernard W. Figgins (1887-1963) was born in Washington, D.C. to Enoch and Corrie Figgins. He was educated at the Virginia Military Institute, serving during World War I in the United States Navy as Lieutenant, and in the United States Naval Reserve. Married to Laura (Wise) Figgins, he later worked as a salesman and lived in the Baltimore area for 51 years, residing at 227 Mallow Hill Road at the time of his death. He was a member of the American Legion and the Maryland Militia Association.


0.14 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The photographs are arranged by general subject in the following series:

Ships, 1917-1918. Identified.

Ships, 1917-1918. Unidentified, captioned.

Ships, 1917-1918. Unidentified, not captioned.

People, 1917-1918. Identified.

People, 1917-1918. Unidentified, captioned.

People, 1917-1918. Unidentified, not captioned.

Other subjects, 1964-1970.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. B.W. Figgins, 1970.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with 7 folders containing 82 photoprints and 1 negative. The photographs are occasionally captioned, and most are understood to originate during Figgins' service in the United States Navy during World War I, 1917-1918. There are a few photos made in 1964-1970.

Guide to the Figgins photograph collection
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Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-16: 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