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Baden-Robertson family manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 2629


This collection contains a scrapbook, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and genealogical notes on the ancestors of Elinor Robertson Baden (b. 1895).


  • 1924-1930
  • Majority of material found in 1924-1926


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical Note

Richard Thompson Baden (1868-1940) was elected president of the National Association of Credit Men in May 1925. He worked at Holland, Baden & Ramsey, a firm which sold automobile and bicycle accessories in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born on May 16, 1868. Baden married Elinor Williams Robertson (1869-1949) on February 13, 1895. They had a daughter, Elinor Robertson Baden, born December 30, 1895, and a son, Richard T. Baden, Jr., who died in infancy. Baden’s wife was the daughter of Benson Bond Robertson and Anne Rebecca Allnutt. The National Association of Credit Men strongly endorsed the policy of economy introduced during the administration of President Coolidge. Sir Esme Howard, a member of the association, served as the British Ambassador to the United States.

The Baden-Robertson clan descended from many distinguished colonial ancestors. Originally, Richard Smith of Croft (or Craft) Hall, England, came to the Province of Maryland from London. He settled in the lower part of Calvert County, near St. Leonard’s, in February 1649. He was the first Attorney-General of Maryland appointed by Lord Baltimore and served for three terms. He was a lieutenant of provincial militia and a member of the House of Burgess from 1660 to 1667. His son was a Captain of the Calvert militia in 1689 and a member of Christ’s Church Vestry from 1692 to 1714. Captain Richard Smith, Jr. married three times. His last wife, Lady Maria Joanna Somerset, was the grandniece of Cecil Calvert, and through her Somerset lineage, a connection can be traced to Charlemagne the Great, King of the Franks. Richard’s daughter, Barbara Smith, married Thomas Holdsworth, a member of the Assembly of Maryland in 1681. Their daughter, Elizabeth Holdsworth, married James Heighe, who served as a Justice in Calvert County.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elinor Robertson Baden in January 1982.

Related Materials

MS 2608, Richard T. Baden papers, 1925-1940

MS 2983, Dr. Joseph Baden reminiscences, circa 1868

PP 0126, Baden photograph collection, 1870-1955

Scope and Contents

The collection contains congratulatory letters and telegrams from various United States Senators and businessmen regarding Richard Thompson Baden's election to presidency of the National Association of Credit Men. There are multiple news articles on the credit conditions of the nation and credit crime/fraud. There are programs for meetings or banquets that Baden was invited to attend, as well as programs and tickets for banquets of the National Association of Credit Men.

Collection contains genealogical records of the Baden and Robertson families, and more specifically the colonial descent of Elinor Robertson Baden. Handwritten notes include dates for births, deaths, and marriages of the ancestors of Elinor Robertson Baden.

Guide to the Baden-Robertson family manuscript collection
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Delaney Hochrein
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-06: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock

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