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Posters, Prints, & Broadsides

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The H. Furlong Baldwin Library has an extensive collection of posters, prints, broadsides, and other works on paper. Our collection features a variety of printing techniques that depict advertising, propaganda, announcements, and other communications. The library’s print collection holds lithographs, etchings, drawings, and other media illustrating Maryland’s historical people, events, and places.


Images: Avalon Nail and Iron Works, circa 1857, H1160, and View of Baltimore City (inset), 1850, H13, both prints by E. Sachse & Co. from the Hambleton Print Collection

Visit our Digital Collections to view a sampling of materials from our poster, prints, and broadside collections.

Browse or search our guides and inventories for posters, prints, and broadsides in our Finding Aid Database.

Poster Collection

The H. Furlong Baldwin Library’s poster collection consists of over 1,300 posters from the 20th and early 21st centuries. The earliest items in the collection feature Leonora Jackson, one of the first female violinists to gain international fame, circa 1900-1915. Our collection also covers more than 1,000 World War I and World War II-era propaganda posters, mainly produced by the U.S. government.

Browse the inventory for the poster collection.

Prints and Broadsides Collection

Major Collections with Specific Scopes

Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum Works on Paper Collection

The Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum (BCLM) maintained a significant collection of historical material on Baltimore. The collection includes prints, manuscripts, maps, posters, and ephemera. Browse the inventory for the collection.

Hambleton Print Collection

The T. Edward Hambleton Collection covers approximately 500 items, making it one of the most extensive assemblages of Baltimore-related prints, from 19th-century views and maps to 20th-century printmakers such as Don Swann and Gabrielle de Vincent Clements. Browse the inventory for the collection.


Two published guides available at the H. Furlong Baldwin Library serve as excellent resources into the library’s prints and broadsides:

  • Lois B. McCauley, Maryland Historical Prints, 1752-1889
  • Laura Rice, Maryland History in Prints, 1743-1900

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