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Warfield Family papers

 Collection 0155-MDHC
This collection includes the papers of Edwin A. Warfield (1848-1920), Governor of Maryland, politician, and gentleman farmer, and of his son, Edwin Warfield, Jr. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, financial records, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, pamphlets, memorabilia, and photographs. Topics covered include banking; European trips; the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland; historical societies; the Maryland National Guard; Maryland politics; St. John's College; and World War I.

Dates

  • 1801-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1920

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.

Extent

10.00 Linear Feet

558 Photographs

23 Negatives (Photographs)

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection includes the papers of Edwin A. Warfield (1848-1920), Governor of Maryland, politician, and gentleman farmer, and of his son, Edwin Warfield, Jr. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, financial records, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, pamphlets, memorabilia, and photographs. Topics covered include banking, European trips, the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, historical societies, the Maryland National Guard, Maryland politics, St. John's College, and World War I. Among the significant correspondents represented in the collection are William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson, J.P. Morgan, James Cardinal Gibbons, Louise Warfield, Joshua Warfield, Blair Lee, and W.W. Kenly.

Biography

Edwin Warfield was born May 7, 1848 at Oakdale, Howard County, Maryland. He began teaching public school in Howard County in 1866, while also studying law. He was appointed to the position of register of wills in 1874 and served in that capacity until 1881. In that same year, Warfield was elected to the Maryland State Senate. He was re-elected in 1883 and made president of the Seante in 1886.

President Cleveland appointed Warfield surveyor of the port of Baltimore in 1886, wheupon he resigned as a member and leading figure since 1878. The term as surveyor expired in 1890 and Warfield retired from political office for the next nine years.

Warfield was one of the founders of Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland, and its president from 1893 until 1920.

In 1899, Warfield entered the race for Governor of Maryland and lost, but captured the election in 1903 and served on term until 1907.

Warfield also owned and edited the Ellicott City Times beginning in 1882 until 1886. He bought the Maryland Law Record in 1887 and changed its name to the Daily Record.

Warfield was active in various historical societies in Maryland and served as President of the Maryland Historical Society.

He died March 31, 1920, survived by his widow, three daughters and one son.

Arrangement

This collection has been divided into five series.
Series 1
Edwin Warfield, Sr.
Series 2.
Edwin Warfield, Jr
Series 3
Clippings
Series 4
Awards and Certificates
Series 5
Photographs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Edwin Warfield III donated the Warfield Family papers to the University of Maryland in 1974.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of some of the letters in this collection are available at http://digital.lib.umd.edu/results.jsp?index1=dmKeyword&query1=warfield+family in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections

Related Material

Additional papers of the Warfield family are located at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Processing Information

The Warfield Family papers were processed in July 1975 by D.L.S. In June 2011, photographs that had been previously removed to the Biographical Print Files were reintegrated into the collection.
Title
Guide to the Warfield Family papers
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by D.L.S.
Date
1975-07-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212