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Shoemaker family printed ephemera collection

Identifier: MS 3138


The collection consists of cards and invitations collected by the Shoemaker family of Baltimore. The Shoemaker family gained local and national notoriety as partners and owners in the Adams Express Company.


  • 1852-1912
  • Majority of material found in 1885-1906


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 Note

The Shoemaker family came to prominence in Maryland as partners and owners of the Adams Express Co. At its peak the Adams Express Co. operated on a national level, shipping goods from coast to coast during the nineteenth century.

This collection consists mainly of calling cards and wedding invitations gathered by Augusta Eccleston Shoemaker (Mrs. S. M. Shoemaker).


1.3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Moor Shoemaker (neé Helen D. Smith), Burnside Estate, in February 1973.

Related Materials

MS 1877, Samuel Shoemaker papers, 1868-1887

MS 1956, Shoemaker record books, 1862-1950

MS 1968, Shoemaker papers, 1824-1955

MS 1973, Shoemaker family collection, circa 1838-1948

MS 2861, Shoemaker-Eccleston collection, 1818-1895

Scope and Contents

This collection is broken into series based on content and date.

Series I: Cards - consists of calling cards and other related ephemera.

Series II: Invitations - consists primarily of wedding invitations.

Guide to the Shoemaker family printed ephemera collection
Under Revision
Ben Koshland
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-15: 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