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Clarence Becket collection of Maryland National Guard aerial photographs

Identifier: PP 0144


This collection includes Aerial views of Maryland taken by the Maryland National Guard, including the Inner Harbor and Downtown Baltimore, United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and Fort McHenry, as well as sites affected by flooding in 1936.


  • 1935-1940


Conditions Governing Access

This 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 / Historical

In March 1936, widespread flooding along streams and rivers in the Eastern United States affected towns in West Virginia and Western Maryland, including Berkeley Springs, Cumberland, Frostburg, Paw Paw, Big Pool, Williamsport, and Point of Rocks. Maryland National Guard personnel of the 104th Photo Section of the 29th Division Aviation departed from Logan Field to fly over the area to photograph and observe conditions. Among the crew was Master Sergeant Clarence Beckett, who made the photographs in this collection.


0.05 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

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The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mollie Beckett Carrick, 1990.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box with five folders containing 17 photoprints made ca. 1935-1940 by Clarence Beckett of the Maryland National Guard 104th Photo Section of the 29th Division Aviation. The images are aerial views of Maryland, including the inner harbor and downtown Baltimore, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and Fort McHenry. There are many aerial views of sites affected by flooding along the Potomac River in March 1936, including Hancock, Big Pool, Williamsport, and Point of Rocks, Maryland.

Some images show planes including a Pan American Airlines x14714 plane, a Martin 130 series seaplane and prototype of the "China Clipper" used by Pan Am. There are also pictures of an unidentified monoplane after crashing in a field in August 1940.

Guide to the Clarence Becket collection of Maryland National Guard aerial photographs
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Katherine Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • 02-04-2020: 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