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John E. Marshall & Son records

 Collection 0367-MDHC

John Marshall was the "superintendent" for the construction of the three original buildings of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1880's, a term that would now describe the role of general contractor or construction manager. The "Son" in Marshall and Son appears to be C. Morgan Marshall. Their company was active in Baltimore in the first half of the twentieth century building new structures as well as renovating existing buildings. The collection includes blueprints for clients who appear in the famous Baltimore "Blue Book," a yearly listing of high society, but also humbler commissions such as porch additions, garages, and basement renovations. The collection is representative of a wide variety of structures ranging from houses and stately homes to churches, banks, and commercial properties. While many of these blueprints are for buildings in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area, there are designs for structures located farther afield. One of the most impressive sets of documents relates to the construction of a mansion known as Scaleby, located in Clarke County, Virginia. Designed by Howard Sill, a well-known Baltimore architect, the estate was built for the wealthy Gilpin family of Baltimore. Other large sets of documents within the collection include plans for the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Peale Museum, and the offices of the Safe Deposit & Trust Company.

A preliminary inventory for this collection is available and can be found in the "Additional Description" section of this finding aid.


  • 1901-1939, and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1935

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.


1066 Items

Guide to the John E. Marshall & Son records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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