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Frank Frick papers

Identifier: PIMS-0066

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Scope and Contents

The Frank Frick papers (1886-1908) contain six volumes of travel diaries to Asia, Africa, and Europe, and a family scrapbook with photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Frick and his family, including clippings about Frick's involvement in the establishment of the Lyric Theatre in the 1890s.


  • Creation: 1860-1909


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Son of William Frederick Frick and Mary Sloan Frick of Baltimore, Frank Frick was a businessman and patron of the arts.

Frank Frick was born in 1828 and graduated with honors from St. Mary’s College in Baltimore in 1845. He began his career as a member of the firm of Frick and Ball in 1850. 1868 he partnered with the firm of C. Morton Stewart and Company, which owned its own fleet of Baltimore clippers and was involved with the sugar and coffee trade. Frick is most known for his work in reviving the sugar refinery industry in Baltimore after the collapse in 1875.

Frick was also very involved in the music culture of Baltimore and an avid member of the Philharmonic Society. He served as a member of the Peabody Institute Board of Trustees and president of the Board of Trade of Baltimore. He was also instrumental in the creation and management of Wednesday Club and the Lyric Theatre.

In Frick's later years, he traveled to Africa, Asia, and Europe. He died in 1910.


0.62 Cubic Feet (4 small flat boxes)

Language of Materials



Frank Frick was a Baltimore businessman and supporter of the arts. His papers include a family scrapbook and six volumes of his personal travel diary from 1860 to 1909.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Scrapbook is a gift of Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Clark in 2000. There is no known acquisition information for the travel diaries.

Related Materials

Additional materials of the Frick family at the Arthur Friedheim Library include the James Swan Frick photograph and postcard collection (PIMS.0065), the William Frick papers (PIMS.0067), and the Leslie Frick papers (PIMS.0068). A large collection of Frick family papers is held at the Maryland Historical Society.

Guide to the Frank Frick papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA