BCHS Baltimore Book Collection
aim of the Baltimore City Historical Societys
BALTIMORE BOOK COLLECTION is to assemble in one place
copies of every book ever published about Baltimore.
is a Baltimore book and why does the Baltimore City
Historical Society want it?
as famous and as varied as Edgar Allan Poe, John
Pendleton Kennedy, Frederick Douglass, H. L. Mencken,
Upton Sinclair, James M. Cain, Dashiell Hammett, John
Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Anne Tyler
have called Baltimore home at one time or another. Fitzgerald
wrote Tender is the Night here; Mencken published
Fitzgeralds first short story in The Smart
Set. And so on.
Baltimore book is a book about Baltimore or by a Baltimore
Baltimore history in all of its many categories, biography,
fiction and poetry, art, architecture, and music,
memoirs and reminiscences, guidebooks, journals, and
pamphlets are all welcome at the Baltimore City Historical
Societys BALTIMORE BOOK COLLECTION.
Baltimore City Historical Society wants to put the books
of these authors and the works of the many other writers
who lived here and wrote about it together in one place.
distinction of the BALTIMORE BOOK COLLECTION from the
major collections of books on Baltimore at the Maryland
Historical Society and the Enoch Pratt Free Library
will be its environment. Having all of the histories
of Baltimore, for example, or all of the titles of a
single Baltimore author gathered in the same place will
itself be illuminating and will create a critical mass
to inspire future literary endeavors and scholarship.
idea for the BALTIMORE BOOK COLLECTION came from John
Carroll Byrnes, founder and first president of
the Baltimore City Historical Society, who donated
his own collection of Baltimore books to start it
off. The BALTIMORE BOOK COLLECTION now consists of
some 400 book titles as well as periodicals, and is
collection is currently housed in the Skylight Room at The Bar Library, located on the 6th Floor of the Mitchell Courthouse at 100 N. Calvert Street It has been cataloged and arranged and is now available for public use.
Contributions are welcome. Most of the
books in the current BALTIMORE BOOK COLLECTION are
contemporary, so gifts of 19th century classics of
local history, important periodicals, neighborhood
histories, and Baltimore City Directories would be
of individual books can be mailed to:
City Historical Society
c/o Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Baltimore City Historical Society can also appraise
and pick up book collections. Call 410-685-3750,