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Baltimore Chronicle newspaper collection

Identifier: PP 0291


The Baltimore Chronicle Photograph Collection contains more than 7600 photographs from the archives of the Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper, a free alternative newspaper published in print form from 1973 to 2003.


  • 1969-1999


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

In 1973 Larry Krause founded The City Dweller as a free monthly alternative community newspaper serving Baltimore. In 1977 the name was changed to the Baltimore Chronicle. The paper specialized in “airing different points of view on local as well as national issues” with a particular focus on “controversial stories that some of the bigger newspapers in town tend to overlook.” It routinely covered stories ranging from politics, community issues, local theater, arts and music, to anti-nuke rallies and labor protests. The newspaper ceased publication of the print edition in 2003, transitioning to an online newspaper that is still in existence as of June 2016.


18.25 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

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The collection is broken down into 13 Series. Series are, for the most part, arranged in rough alphabetical order. Click on the links belwo to jump to a specific series in the container list.

(Note: A numbering error occurred during processing. There are no items for PP291.2100 - .2999)

Series I: Architecture

This series consists of images of Baltimore architecture, buildings, parks, monuments, construction projects, views of the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill, and street scenes and buildings in Hampden and Govans.

Series II: Arts and Entertainment

This series is broken down into six subseries.

Subseries A: Dance

This subseries consists of publicity photos and photographs of performances from various local and international dance organizations including the Baltimore Ballet, Maryland Ballet, and Baltimore Dance Theatre.

Subseries B: Fashion

This subseries consists of photographs of fashion models for Bamberger’s Department Store which had locations in Hunt Valley and White Marsh, Maryland.

Subseries C: Fine Arts

This subseries consists of images of artists, Baltimore Murals, art shows, galleries, exhibits, and photographs of paintings. Artists include Fred Wilson, Raoul Middleman, Grace Hartigan, and photographer Linda Day.

Subseries D: Museums

This subseries consists primarily of photographs of exhibits and exhibit pieces from the Baltimore Museum of Art, Life of Maryland Gallery, Maryland Historical Society, the Walters Art Gallery and other museums.

Subseries E: Music

This subseries consists of photographs of musicians and performances in Baltimore including singer Ethel Ennis, saxophonist Mickey Fields and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Subseries F: Theatre

This subseries consists of photographs of theatrical productions from various theatres and production companies primarily in Baltimore including: Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, Baltimore Opera Company, Baltimore Theater Project, Center Stage, Corner Theatre, Dundalk Community Theatre, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, New Players Co., Inc., Towsontowne Musical Dinner Theatre, the Vagabond Theatre and more.

Series III: Education

This series consists of photographs of students, teachers, students, events, and buildings from various schools primarily in the Baltimore area. Schools include: Baltimore City College, Catonsville Community College, College of Notre Dame, Essex Community College, Friends School, Gilman School, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Western Maryland College, and more.

Series IV: Fairs, Festivals, Events

This series consists of photographs of various fairs, festivals, parades, and other events in Baltimore including Artscape, African-American Festival (AFRAM), Baltimore City Fair, Cross Street Festival, Craft fairs, Flower mart, Hopkins Fair, Hampden Parade, Native American and ethnic festivals, Orioles parades, and more

Series V: Health

This series consists of images from hospitals and health clinics and centers, primarily in the Baltimore area. Institutions include: Baltimore County General Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Franklin Square Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Govans Health Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital and more

Series VI: Merchants, Markets and Local Businesses

This series consists of photographs of merchants, markets, and local business owners in Baltimore.

Series VII: Non-Maryland

This series consists of photographs taken in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal and on the Moon.

Series VIII: People

This series consists of photographs of local celebrities, sports figures, newscasters, reverends, doctors, and local business owners. There are also a large number of photographs of unidentified people.

Series IX: Politics

This series consists of photographs of Maryland and National politicians including Clarence Du Burns, Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, Jimmy Carter, Harry Hughes, Jesse Jackson, Kurt Schmoke, Parren Mitchell, Paul Sarbanes, Ronald Reagan, Walter Mondale, William Donald Schaefer, Boris Yeltsin and more.

Series X: Protests and Demonstrations

This series consists of photographs of protests, demonstrations, rallies and events in Baltimore.

Series XI: Sports

This series consists of sports related images. Subjects include the Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Orioles, fishing, football, Johnny Unitas, Brooks Robinson, lacrosse and more.

Series XII: Miscellaneous

This series consists of miscellaneous images of Baltimore architecture, people, street scenes, Fort McHenry, Govans, theatres, construction, the Pride of Baltimore, U.S.S. Constellation, and more.

Series XIII: Unidentified

This series consists of mostly unidentified 35mm negatives of people, street scenes, architecture, merchants and more. Identified photographs include an event honoring Johnny Unitas, the Gayety Nightclub, Silver Dollar Nightclub, “The Block,” Bauernschmidt Brewery, and the Thai Restaurant on York Road.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry Krause, 2003.

Related Materials

MS 3185, Baltimore Chronicle newspaper collection, 1973-2002

Scope and Contents

The Baltimore Chronicle Photograph Collection consists of 18 boxes of more than 7600 photographs from the archives of the Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper. The majority of the photographs date from the 1973 – 1990s. Materials include photographic prints and 35mm negatives, both black and white and color. Many of the photographs were published in the Baltimore Chronicle. MS 3185, Baltimore Chronicle Newspaper Collection contains the complete print run of the newspaper – minus a few issues.

Guide to the Baltimore Chronicle newspaper collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-06: 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