Photo Baltimore ’77 photograph collection
The Photo Baltimore ’77 Collection consists of more than 16,000 black and white photographs in 11 boxes. The images consist of views of architecture, cultural events, street scenes, portraits, sporting events, religious organizations and more in Baltimore and the vicinity.
- Araujo, Max, 1925- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
In 1977, the Peale Museum, supported by the Mayor’s Office of Manpower Resources, sent six photographers into Baltimore to document the “life and style” of the city. The photographers – Max Araujo, Debbra Cleveland, R. Thomas Gregory, David Lavine, Curtis Martin, and Susan Tobin – each brought their own artistic vision to the more than 16,000 images that were captured over the course of the project. An exhibit featuring about 150 of the photographs was held at the Peale Museum from April 23 through September 3, 1978.
14 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Collection is broken down into seven series. The first six series are organized by photographer. Each has three subseries organized by format in rough chronological order: Photographic Prints; Negatives; and Contact Sheets. Series VII contains matted prints from all six of the photographers used in the 1978 BCLM exhibit.
The Peale Museum assigned ID numbers to the more than 150 prints with the prefix “PC” followed by five digits beginning with 30000. Negatives and matted prints were not assigned numbers. MdHS assigned ID numbers to these, retaining the BCLM numbering system, beginning with number 40000 and continuing to 56118.
The more than 16,000 negatives are in 35mm or 120mm format. Contact Sheets were created for most of the negatives. The prints, almost all 8x10, correspond to negatives in the collection.
Series I: Max Araujo
Series II: Debbra Cleveland
Series III: R. Thomas Gregory
Series IV: David Lavine
Series V: Curtis Martin
This series contains no negatives. They may be missing or may have been retained by the photographer. Contact Prints have not been numbered for this series. Series VI: Susan Tobin
Series VII: Exhibit Prints
This series consists of matted photographs used in BCLM’s 1978 exhibit for the project. Most are unidentified by photographer. Most, but not all, are duplicates of images found in Series I – VI.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Photo Baltimore ’77 was a project sponsored by the Peale Museum from January 1977 into 1978. When the Peale Museum/Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding in 1997, its collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society the following year.
- The Peale Museum, Visions of the City: Six Baltimore Photographers (Baltimore: The Peale Museum, 1978) PAM 12434
Scope and Contents
The Photo Baltimore ’77 Collection consists of more than 16,000 black and white photographs in 14 boxes. The images consist of views of architecture, cultural events, street scenes, portraits, sporting events, religious organizations and more in Baltimore and the vicinity. Subjects include, but are not limited to: The Baltimore City Fair; “I am an American Day Parade”; Chinese New Year Parade; Preakness Parade; Lithuanian Festival; Flower Mart; Hopkins Plaza; Cross Street Market; Inner Harbor; Charles Center; Mount Vernon; Fells Point; Fort McHenry; Remington; Hampden; Highlandtown; Lexington Mall; Sikh Ashram in Park Heights; Police at work.
- Guide to the Photo Baltimore ’77 photograph collection
- Under Revision
- Damon Talbot
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- 2020-05-07: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.