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Baltimore Harbor photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0143


This collection contains photographs of the Baltimore Harbor, circa 1865-1875.


  • 1865-1875

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

One event depicted in this collection's photographs may be the sailing of the John T. Ford in June 1867, which drew thousands of spectators to the wharves along South, Pratt and Light Streets in Baltimore. This was a miniature ocean vessel, a sailboat, embarking under the guidance of Captain Gold, with the assistance of city-owned steam tug Baltimore. As described by the Baltimore American, along with scores of people on shore, "The basin itself was frequented by skiffs, pungies, batteaux, canoes, and every species of water craft, more or less laden with interested lookers on" (June 24, 1867).

The John T. Ford may have been named for the theater owner and local politician, John Thomson Ford (1829-1894). In addition to owning theaters in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. (the infamous Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot), Philadelphia, and Charleston, South Carolina, Ford served as a Baltimore City council member starting in 1858, and was acting mayor of the city for two years. He served in many other administrative capacities including state director of the Maryland penitentiary, and was active in philanthropic work.

The steamship Juniata is also depicted in the collection, built in 1849 for the Baltimore and Susquehanna Steam Company. Juniata ran to the Susquehanna River on a daily schedule in the 1850s-1870s, departing from West Falls Avenue in the Baltimore harbor.


0.05 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The photographs are attached to a single board, housed in one folder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hon. Henry Stockbridge, 1921.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with one folder containing six undated photoprints which are attached to a single piece of board, with the caption "Views in the harbor of Baltimore Md.". Although undated, the photographs are thought to have originated in the late 1860s to 1870, and may originally have been stereoviews. Subjects include the steamboat Juniata; views of crowds at the wharves, possibly on the occasion of the sailing of the John T. Ford in 1867; a view of the harbor from Federal Hill; and views of unidentified sail boats in the harbor.

Guide to the Baltimore Harbor photograph collection
Under Revision
Katherine Cowan
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 02-04-2020: 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