Md. Historical Society Photographs


The photograph collection at the Maryland Historical Society spans circa 1848 through present day and contains well over one million items. Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes-de-visite, albumen prints, salted paper prints, acetate negatives, and other historic formats are prevalent. Photographs are part of MdHS's Special Collections Department, H. Furlong Baldwin Library. MdHS is located in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, see the About page.

Digital reproductions of originals are property of MdHS. For image reproduction and permission info: MdHS Imaging Services.

Feel free to share these images with proper citation.

Curated by Jennifer A. Ferretti (former Curator of Photographs, MdHS). All views are my own and do not reflect those of the institution.


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Unidentified group portrait
Not dated
Leo J. Beachy (1874-1927)
Leo Beachy Photograph Collection
Maryland Historical Society

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen States of America (Declaration of Independence)
July 4, 1776
Printed by Mary Katherine Goddard, 1777
Special Collections Department
Maryland Historical Society
[Broadside 1776] 

Happy Fourth of July! I couldn’t resist sharing the Mary Katherine Goddard Declaration of Independence here. It’s an amazing piece of Women’s History/Baltimore History/U.S. History: 

Mary Katherine Goddard (1738-1816), experienced in operating newspaper and printing businesses owned by her brother William, followed him to Baltimore in 1774, one year after he began Maryland’s first newspaper, the Maryland Journal. By May 1775, it’s colophon would read, “Published by M.K. Goddard.” In the same year, Goddard would also become the first female postmaster in colonial America. 

When the Declaration of Independence was written on July 4, 1776, not all names of the signers were revealed. Goddard was the first to publish a copy that included all names in January 1777. 

In 1784, Goddard’s name disappeared from the Maryland Journal. After the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1789, Goddard was forced out of her Baltimore postal position in favor of a male appointee. Although Goddard was forced to leave, women would continue to run post offices in other locations, despite losing some rights with the new federal government. 

Read more about Mary Katherine Goddard on the National Women’s History Museum Education & Resources page


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