Baltimore Bibliophiles records
- 1954 - 1998
- Baltimore Bibliophiles (Organization)
Conditions Governing Use
8.65 Cubic Feet (6 record center cartons, 3 letter size document boxes, 1 over-sized folder)
The membership eventually numbered about eighty-five with additional honorary members and consisted of book lovers, collectors, professionals, and others. The six yearly meetings were most often held at Evergreen House, but arrangements were made to visit other libraries in and out of state and to meet with bibliographic organizations in Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Long Island. The Baltimore Bibliophiles was formed by persons with a diversity of interests, and many of the members spoke at meetings on topics specific to their fields of knowledge. Between 1954 and 1979 there were 184 meetings, and 125 of the speakers were members of the Baltimore Bibliophiles. The precedent was set at the first formal meeting (December 5, 1954) when Kent D. Currie, an original member, spoke on The Alphabet and exhibited books from the Garrett Library and other local sources. The group held several book auctions to benefit the libraries of The Johns Hopkins University and published three keepsakes (1959, 1974, 1979) that detail their activities and programs. Three times during the year, they published the Newsletter which provided information about members, their activities, and recent publications. The Baltimore Bibliophiles is still an active organization.
Scope and Contents
The record keeping for the years 1954 to 1985 is especially complete and is filed under the headings of "Secretary's Book" for the appointed years. Correspondence, clippings, rule changes, program notes, and members' lists help to document the interesting and varied meetings for the period. Since most members were book collectors, a pamphlet was produced in 1977 listing highlights from the personal collections of the Baltimore Bibliophiles. The pamphlet is entitled "The Love of Books" and is filed under the heading, "Baltimore Bibliophiles Collections" in Box 1. Notes on the book auctions, 1969-1984, held for members are of interest as well as published histories, described as "keepsakes" by the Bibliophiles. Another historical record of the club is given in the newsletters, mostly complete 1978-1990. Final items in the collection are financial records including a large grouping of cancelled checks, deposit slips, receipts, and a card file of members' addresses filed at the end of Box 2.
A complete listing of all material is given in the Container List.
Additional material was added in March 1995 [materials related to Bib's president, Edgar Heyl], August 2002 and December 2008.
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA