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Marye-Gittings collection

Identifier: MS 0563


Small collection containing various items from William Bose Marye; his parents, William N. Marye and Elizabeth Gittings Marye; and his maternal grandmother, Arabella Young Gittings.


  • 1838-1928


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

A leading authority on Maryland history and genealogy, William Bose Marye (1886-1979) was born at Bellevue Farm near Kingsville, MD to William Nelson Marye and Elizabeth Bose (née Gittings) Marye. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1907 and later served in the Maryland Naval Militia during World War I. Living in Baltimore after the war, Marye pursued his interests in genealogy and Maryland history. He became the official genealogist for both the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland and the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter I. He also developed an interest in 17th century Baltimore-area topography and focused on determining the names and paths of old watercourses. This knowledge of the geography and waterways of Maryland aided in his discovery of several Native American artifacts. A longtime member of the Maryland Historical Society, Marye served as a corresponding secretary and contributed many articles to the Maryland Historical Magazine.

William Nelson Marye (1841-1929) was born in Fredericksburg, VA. He served as a private in the Virginia Light Artillery during the Civil War and fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. He moved to Baltimore after the war and married Elizabeth Bose Gittings (1853-1928), who was the only child of Dr. David S. Gittings and his second wife Arabella Young (1820-1861). Elizabeth was one of the founders of the Harford County Garden Club and served as its treasurer for many years as well.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 full Hollinger box)

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The collection is arranged in four series by name of family member.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Bose Marye, July 1958 and 1960.

Related Materials

MS. 2458, William Bose Marye Collection, 1745-1979

PP31, William B. Marye Photograph and Ephemera Collection, circa 1840s-1956

PP77, Gittings Collection, circa 1890s

PP276, William Bose Marye Family Album, circa 1881-1974


Eberhart, Edith Whitcraft, and Adaline Marye Robertson. The Maryes of Virginia, 1730-1985. Baltimore: Gateway Press, Inc., 1985.

“William Bose Marye dies at 93; historian, antiquary.” Baltimore Sun, 27 October 1979.

Processing Information

The cookbook of Elizabeth Bose Gittings Marye was originally given the call number “MS. 563” while the rest of the materials received the call number “MS. 563.1.” These have now been consolidated under the one call number “MS. 563.”

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a small amount of materials such as correspondence and financial records from two families, the Maryes and the Gittings. The items of William Bose Marye—whose father was William Nelson Marye and mother was Elizabeth Bose Gittings—include a grade report book; bank account records; and several childhood portrait photographs. His parents’ materials consist of a cookbook with recipes handwritten by Elizabeth; check stubs and account books of both William and Elizabeth; and correspondence, the bulk of which regards the renovation of their house in Upper Falls, MD. The correspondence of William Bose Marye’s maternal grandmother, Arabella Young Gittings, is mainly comprised of letters from her uncle, William Bose, as well as from her husband, David S. Gittings. The extended family materials consist of correspondence, financial records, and clippings about relatives of the Mayre and Gittings families.

Guide to the Marye-Gittings collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-08-08: 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