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Lucas Brothers, Incorporated manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 3174


This collection contains business papers, ephemera, publications, and scrapbooks related to Lucas Bros., Inc., a stationery company in Baltimore, Maryland.


  • 1816 - 1964
  • Majority of material found within 1926 - 1964


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.

Historical Note

The business that would become Lucas Brothers, Incorporated was founded in 1804 in Baltimore, Maryland by Fielding Lucas, Jr. Lucas purchased the stationery and publishing firm of Campbell, Conrad and Company, which was located at 138 Market Street (now 116 East Baltimore Street), where business remained there until 1904, when the building was destroyed by the Great Baltimore Fire. Lucas’ company primarily published illustrated maps and atlases. His sons, William F., Edward, and Henry A., organized Lucas Brothers in 1853, which was later acquired solely by William.

The company grew into a stationary retailer, printing shop, used furniture dealer, and cabinet maker. It became a one stop shop for office supply needs and even offered interior design services for office spaces. The main retail store in Baltimore occupied 219-221-223 and 225 East Baltimore Street. Retail stores were also opened in Baltimore County but were sold in 1994. Lucas Brothers folded shortly after.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in four series, business papers, ephemera, publications, and scrapbooks, which are reflective of the materials’ subjects and formats. Within the series, the materials have then been organized by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alan Behrend, November 24, 2003.

Related Materials

PP300, Lucas Brothers, Inc., photograph collection, 1909-1962

Scope and Contents

The collection contains business papers, ephemera, publications, and scrapbooks related to Lucas Bros., Inc., a stationery company in Baltimore, Maryland. This includes bills and contracts, product catalogs, articles about Lucas Bros., and advertisements and mailers for the company. A brief outline of the company’s history written in 1939 may be of particular interest. The collection also features publications from the Stationers’ Guild of America, from which Lucas Bros. bought products and received endorsement. Directories of American stationers are included in the collection, along with catalogs of Guild products.

Guide to the Lucas Brothers, Incorporated manuscript collection
In Progress
Lara Westwood
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-13: 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