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Baltimore Sesquicentennial celebration photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0135


This collection contains photographs of the Baltimore Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1880. Images primarily reveal Baltimore City streets, monuments, hotels, and businesses, as well as event decorations, group portraits, and parade floats.


  • 1880

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Baltimore Sesquicentennial was celebrated October 11-19, 1880, marking the 150th anniversary of the city's founding in 1730. With the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand C. Latrobe, the city paused to take stock of its growth with advancements in shipping and transportation, and its position relative to other cities in the region and nation, and to appreciate founders like Carroll, Howard, Patterson, Oliver, Stephenson, and Purviance, and recent luminaries like McDonogh, Peabody, and Hopkins.

The festivities included oration, tableaux, meetings, and music; five days of parades of groups including African American social organizations, masons, school children, military organizations, fire and police departments, letter carriers, and telegraph messengers; concluding with illumination of the city and pyrotechnic displays. Public schools were in recess for the entire week of October 11-15.


0.07 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

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The photographs are arranged in folders according to PP catalog numbers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Hon. Henry Stockbridge, 1921.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with 11 folders containing circa 40 photoprints of the Sesquicentennial celebration made in 1880. Views are primarily Baltimore city streets, with monuments, hotels, stores, and business establishments decorated for the event. There are some group portraits and views of parades including floats. Many of the photographs are mounted onto board, and are captioned and dated on the margin, identifying stree locations and landmarks. Unmounted photographs are not captioned or dated.

Guide to the Baltimore Sesquicentennial celebration photograph collection
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Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 02-02-2020: 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