Author Archives: Jordon Steele

“My dear darling little girl” – a life revealed through letters

Written by Carla Ruas, Archives Assistant Captain John Gurnel Alexander wrote dozens of letters to his sweetheart, Alma Hood, while stationed in Europe during World War I. In one of the letters he asked her to keep the correspondence safe. … Continue reading

The Risky Business of Photographing the Boer War

Written by Carla Ruas, Archives Assistant During the Second Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902), photographers had to work with slow cameras and heavy tripods, which left them at risk of getting shot and even killed. So instead of capturing … Continue reading

Building History in Baltimore and Beyond

You’ve seen the sign driving up University Parkway that marks Roland Park. You may even live there, or know someone who does. Hopefully you have been following our blog posts about the processing of the Roland Park Company Papers. Now … Continue reading

Murder Most Foul: A Lecture on March 26th

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose is arguably the most famous medieval murder mystery. Both the book and the film were hits, and did much to bring attention to the lives of medieval monks. But, as with most things, … Continue reading

An Exciting New Chapter in Baltimore’s Urban Development Story

Part of a monthly series of posts highlighting uncovered items of note, and the archival process brought to bear on these items, as we preserve, arrange, and describe the Roland Park Company Archives. Special Collections was delighted to learn last month that we … Continue reading

“A man’s kitchen!”- The Roland Park Company’s Historic (and Curious) Advertising

By Carla Ruas, Archives Assistant and a student in the Master of Liberal Arts program Part of a monthly series of posts highlighting uncovered items of note, and the archival process brought to bear on these items, as we preserve, … Continue reading

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes–Brought to You by the Roland Park Company

By Carla Ruas, Archives Assistant and a student in the Master of Liberal Arts program Part of a monthly series of posts highlighting uncovered items of note, and the archival process brought to bear on these items, as we preserve, … Continue reading

Detective Work and Discovery: Connecting the Dots in the Roland Park Company Archives

Arrangement and description of the Roland Park Company Archives continues to be a work in progress, but we know that one of the most popular parts of this collection will be the company’s extensive photograph archives. The Roland Park Company … Continue reading

Creating a Community: The Roland Park Company’s Magazine

By Rob Gamble, Processing Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History Part of a monthly series of posts highlighting uncovered items of note, and the archival process brought to bear on these items, as we preserve, arrange, and … Continue reading

Sorting Through History: Processing the Roland Park Company Archives

By Rob Gamble, Processing Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History Part of a monthly series of posts highlighting uncovered items of note, and the archival process brought to bear on these items, as we preserve, arrange, and … Continue reading