Maryland history


Octavia E. Butler’s notes on her process of writing Kindred, her critically-acclaimed 1979 novel.

Photos by Clockshop, taken at the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library, Museum & Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.  @huntingtonlibrary

Radio Imagination celebrates the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006). Organized by Clockshop, the program centers on ten contemporary art and literary commissions that explore Butler’s archive at the Huntington Library. New work will premiere alongside performances, film screenings, and literary events throughout the year.

Oyster dredging
December 1, 1953
A. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970)
Bodine Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
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Unidentified African American Civil War Soldier in Union Uniform With Wife And Two Daughters

Photograph showing soldier in uniform, wife in dress and hat, and two daughters wearing matching coats and hats. In May 1863, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton issued General Order No. 143 creating the Bureau of U. S. Colored Troops. This image was found in Cecil County, Maryland, making it likely that this soldier belonged to one of the seven U.S.C.T. regiments raised in Maryland. 

The history of the United States Colored Troops remains a fascinating topic as their contributions in the Civil War marked a turning point within the country. Without their service the Union may have faltered in their movement against the Confederacy.

(Source: Matthew R. Gross and Elizabeth T. Lewin, 2010) Colorized by Stacey Palmer@

  • Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs (Library of Congress).

Bathing beauties beat the summer beach at Carr’s Beach, Maryland, circa 1939. 

“Carr’s Beach, at one time one of the leading beaches for east coast African Americans, was affectionately called, “The Beach.” Although The Beach no longer exists as a vacation getaway spot, Carr’s Beach and its neighboring Sparrow’s Beach were two of the major Chesapeake Bay resorts that catered exclusively to African Americans between the 1930s and the 1960s.  Owned by sisters, Elizabeth Carr Smith and Florence Carr Sparrow, The Beaches were a vacation retreat for black families in the Mid-Atlantic region.” -

Photo from the Joseph Owen Curtis Photograph Collection, DC Public Library Special Collections

Night street scene
Bolton Street from Dolphin Lane, Baltimore, Maryland
Hughes Company
8x10 inch glass negative
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Battleships at anchor on battleship row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
USS Nevada
USS Oklahoma *
USS Pennsylvania
USS Arizona *
USS Tennessee
USS California *
USS Maryland
USS West Virginia *
*Sunk or destroyed

“Young Hucksters”
Baltimore, Maryland
Elinor B. Cahn
8x10 inch photograph
The East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

Copyright Elinor B. Cahn, 1977

“In 1976, Maryland Institute College of Art photography professor Linda G. Rich, and two of her students, Joan Clark Netherwood and Elinor B. Cahn, began work on a project documenting the large swath of neighborhoods collectively known as East Baltimore. What was intended to be merely a project for Rich’s class on social documentary photography, instead evolved into a four-year undertaking, resulting in over 10,000 photographs, and a unique portrait of a neighborhood in transition.” Read more about the background of The East Baltimore Documentary Project.

Great Falls Park in Virginia has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital. Explore one of the nation’s first canals, see the Great Falls of the Potomac River or enjoy a hike along Mather Gorge’s dramatic clifftops. Pictured here is an early morning view of the stunning waterfalls. Photo by Michael Leung (

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (D. Lindley Sloan Collection) Republican ticket, presidential election, 1860, MSA SC 190.

The Republican Presidential ticket of 1860 includes some big names, like Abraham Lincoln, one of our most beloved Presidents. It also includes some lesser known Maryland names, like William L. Marshall, George Harris, Daniel T. Orem, William Pinckney Ewing, Francis S. Corkran, George Edward Wiss, Isaac Gehr, and Montgomery Blair, all of them Republican delegates supporting Abraham Lincoln’s candidacy for President. Montgomery Blair later became Postmaster General in the Lincoln Administration. Blair’s home in current-day Silver Spring was later burned down by the Confederate Army on one of their many trips across the Potomac River.

The ticket was given to the Maryland State Archives (then called the Hall of Records) in 1942 by D. Lindley Sloan. It was given to him by John Barnard of Cumberland, MD, who received it from William Stake of Williamsport, MD. Stake  was mayor of Williamsport from 1912-1916 and he may have obtained the ticket himself all the way back in 1860.

[Baltimore] City Hall, Centennial Illumination
[100 Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland]
Unidentified photographer
8x10 inch glass negative
Glass Plate Negative Collection
Maryland Historical Society

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