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Redwood collection

Identifier: MS 0676


This collection contains primarily letters from Lt. George Buchanan Redwood (1888-1918) to his mother Mary Buchanan Coale Redwood (1861-1940) as well as the sympathy letters she received after he was killed in action on May 28, 1918 during World War I. Also included in the collection is the correspondence of William E. Coale (1816-1865) and George Buchanan Coale (1819-1887) and a volume of poems entitled "Random Rhymes at Truant Times" belonging to John Greene Proud, Jr. (1813-1883).


  • 1828-1919


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Lt. George Buchanan Redwood was born in Baltimore in 1888. He graduated from Harvard and was a reporter and editor for the Baltimore News. Redwood was killed in 1918 in action during WWI in France. He received two citations for bravery, the Croix de Guerre, and a Distinguished Service medal. His mother, Mary Buchanan Coale Redwood (1861-1940), researched the genealogy and family history of the Buchanan, Coale, Dorsey, Proud, and other related families.

George Buchanan Coale (1819-1887) was a banker who pursued literary interests. Coale wrote articles for the Saturday Evening Post and other periodicals. His brother, William Edward Coale (1816-1865) was a naval surgeon. John Greene Proud, Jr. (1813-1883) was a clergyman.


2.0 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes containing 5 volumes. )

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Materials in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Buchanan Coale Redwood, July 1924.

Related Materials

MS 1530, Redwood collection, 1694-1940

MS 1530.1, Redwood collection transcripts, 1766-1938

MS 1530.3, George B. Redwood papers, 1767-1940

MS 2026, George B. Redwood papers, 1917-1918

MS 3023, George Buchanan Redwood notebooks, 1917-1918

Scope and Contents

Included in the Redwood Collection are materials of George Buchanan Redwood (1888-1918), Mary Buchanan Coale Redwood (1861-1940), George Buchanan Coale (1819-1887), William Edward Coale (1816-1865) and John Greene Proud, Jr. (1813-1883).

George Buchanan Coale's materials date from 1828-1863 and contain letters to his brother, William Edward Coale, a naval surgeon, concerning the former's conversion to Swedenborgian beliefs; Baltimore banking, politics and social life in the 1840s; and a house being built by Robert Cary Long. There are also letters received by Coale from various correspondents during the Civil War.

Lt. George Buchanan Redwood's materials include letters written by him during 1917-1918 to his mother, Mary Buchanan Coale Redwood (Mrs. Francis T. Redwood), and others. There are also sympathy letters to Mrs. Redwood after George was killed in France in 1918 during World War I.

John Greene Proud's materials include a volume of poems (1832-1844) entitled Random Rhymes at Truant Times.

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Revision Statements

  • 2019-09-10: 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