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Banks family photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0268


This collection contains photographs of the Banks and associated families, including the Heilemans and Wilsons.


  • 1850-2003

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

The Banks family was influential in Maryland business and politics and married into prominent families from Virginia and Massachusetts. Daniel Bower, whose daughter Catherine (1772-1853) married Andrew Banks in 1795, was one of the founders of Reisterstown in Baltimore County, Maryland. Andrew Banks ran a general store on Main Street. Catherine and Andrew’s son, Daniel Bower Banks (1795-1875), became the president of the Union Manufacturing Company in Oella, Maryland, and in 1830, he built “Chatsworth” on the family’s Reisterstown property. That same year, he married Margaret Sheward Whitelock (1805-1871). They had three children. Their son, Andrew (1838-1909), married Rebecca Elizabeth Godwin (1839-1916) in 1860, and they had four children. Andrew served three terms in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1872 to 1878 and was the first president of the Maryland Tubing Transportation Company.

Their son Andrew (1866-1931) married Anne Mason Wilson (1866-1939), daughter of Celestine Huger Heileman (1836-1925) and John Bullock Wilson (1830-1855). Anne came from accomplished Massachusetts and Virginia families. Her mother was the daughter of Colonel Julius Heileman (d. 1836) from Granville, Massachusetts and Ann Stuart Mason (1803-1851), the great-granddaughter of Revolutionary War patriot George Mason. Her grandfather Julius won honors for his service during the Second Seminole War. Andrew and Anne had two children: Anne Mason Wilson Banks (1891-1978), who married Henry Briscoe Thomas, Jr., and Andrew Banks, Jr. (1900-1955) who became managing editor of the Baltimore News-American and married Lucy Hyde Diggs (1901-1977).


0.42 Linear Feet (1 full Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in six series: Portraits; Chatsworth; Granville, Massachusetts; St. Augustine National Cemetery, Florida; and Cased Photographs. These series represent the subject of the photographs within. The portraits in Series I have been arranged by family group. Information on the relationships of family members has been included in the description field of the Container List.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard J. Thomas, January 2009.

Related Materials

MS 3109, Banks family manuscript collection, 1768-2004

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs of the Banks and associated families, including the Heilemans and Wilsons. Photographs of the family home, Chatsworth, are also a part of the collection. The majority of the photographs are cartes de visite and cabinet cards. Cased photographs, such as daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, have been removed to the Cased Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Banks family photograph collection
Under Revision
Lara Westwood
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-02-28: 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