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Bahr family collection

Identifier: MS 3017


The Bahr Family Collection spans over 70 years from 1928 to 2001. Leonard Bahr, an artist himself, was enthusiastically interested in the Baltimore art scene. Materials included in this collection are correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, a phonograph, a broadside, and a topographical map of Baltimore. Generally, these items relate to the artistic community and Baltimore as a whole.


  • 1928-2001


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.


.5 Linear Feet (8 folders)

Language of Materials



The Bahr Family Collection consists of 6 major series: 1) Correspondence and biography of Raymond Creekmore; 2) Publications relating to Leonard Bahr; 3) Newspaper clippings; 4) Sarah Stafford Cecil; 5) Elkridge Assembly Hall; 6) Topographical Map. The papers in this collection range from 1928 to 2001.

Each series is arranged by subject. All undated material comes after the dated material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Bahr Family Collection was donated to the H. Furlong Baldwin Library of the Maryland Historical Society in 2001 by Mary Bahr. The materials in this collection were assembled by the Bahr family.

Scope and Contents

A prominent figure in the Bahr Family Collection is Raymond Creekmore, a close family friend of the Bahrs. “Creeky,” as he was fondly called, was an artist, an author and illustrator of children’s books, and a yacht designer. All aspects of his life are represented in this collection. The Bahr family kept his letters, various invitations, and newspaper clippings. Included in the collection are photocopies of some of his published books, as well as magazine clippings of the boats Creekmore designed. There are also some pictures of Creekmore and his family.

More generally, the Bahrs collected various clippings of local artists. There is a particular interest in the results of The Evening Sun’s Annual Black-and-White Sketch Competition, in which several rising artists often won or received honorable mentions. These newspaper clippings document both the artists and styles popular in Baltimore during the 1930’s and the 1940’s. Other materials in the collection represent the Bahr family’s interest in their community and the arts at large.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-24: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.

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