Skip to main content
Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests.

Gilbert Fraser papers

 Collection 0084-MDHC

This collection consists of the diaries, clippings, theatre programs, financial records, and correspondence of Gilbert Fraser (1848-1924), British Consul General in Baltimore from 1913 to 1919. Subjects include the sinking of the "Lusitania", the shooting of J. Pierpont Morgan, spy trials, the "Deutschland" submarine, the Vagabond Theatre, and his daily life as a British consul in America.


  • 1911-1919

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


0.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Gilbert Fraser Collection covers the period from 1911 to 1919. The collection includes many personal diaries, and also some newspaper clippings, theater programs, financial papers, and personal and business correspondences. Important subjects include: sinking of the Lusitania, shooting of J. Pierpoint Morgan, “Deutschland” submarine, Vagabond Theater, and daily existence of British consul.

Biographical / Historical

Gilbert Fraser was born on September 5, 1848 in Iverness, Scotland. He was educated in public and private schools and was trained for the Bar. He held various British consulate positions in New York and Baltimore and was the Consul-General in Baltimore for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, from 1913 to 1919. He died September 23, 1924.

Custodial History

The Gilbert Fraser papers were acquired in the University of Maryland archives in 1974.

Guide to the Gilbert Fraser papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742