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James C. and Mary G. Holland collection

 Collection 0491-MDHC

The James Clarence and Mary Griset Holland Collection covers the period from 1809 to 1984; the bulk of the materials date from 1830 to 1870 and 1930 to 1976. The collection consists of artwork in various formats including prints, photographs, and original pieces of art. There are also a number of historically significant newspapers and pages from books and magazines. All of the pieces depict locations, events, or figures associated with the state of Maryland (except for two from Washington, D.C.). Most of these are from the Baltimore area, though there are a number from other areas in the state as well. Many of the prints and published materials are related to the Civil War or other important events from Maryland’s history. Other pieces portray well known or scenic locations throughout the state.


  • 1616-1984 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1809-1984 and undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


83 Items (3 oversize boxes)

Biographical / Historical

James Clarence and Mary Griset Holland are avid collectors on the topic of Maryland history. They generously donated this collection to the University of Maryland Libraries. The collection consists of engravings and etchings of rural and urban landscapes that gave Europeans and Americans a glimpse of the state in the early nineteenth century. There are also images from a number of published sources revealing the extent of the Civil War’s broad impact on the state, and photographs and pieces of original artwork that illustrate locations from mountains of Western Maryland to scenes on the Chesapeake Bay. Notable artists represented in this collection include the Impressionist artist Winfield Scott Clime and Francis Hopkinson Smith, a prolific artist, writer and engineer. There are also a number of photographs by A. Audrey Bodine, popular photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun’s Sunday Sun. Many of the locations and structures depicted in these images still exist today, though their appearance has changed dramatically in the decades since each image was created.


This collection is organized into four series.

Series 1
Series 2
Series 3
Original Artwork
Series 4
Published Materials

Custodial History

James Clarence and Mary Griset Holland donated the collection to the University of Maryland Libraries in December 2008, September 2009, September 2013, May 2015, and February 2018.

Processing Information

Processing of the James Clarence and Mary Griset Holland Collection began in March 2014. Four series were created from the collection based on document type. Titles for items were created from the donor’s preliminary inventory or from any identifying information found on the piece. Creator names were determined from labels and signatures on the pieces, information from the inventory, or from further research. Prints, and some smaller published materials were placed into acid-free folders and boxes. Photographs were sleeved in Mylar before being placed into acid-free folders and boxes. Oversized artwork and published materials were put into acid-free folders and placed in oversized storage.

Guide to the James C. and Mary G. Holland collection
Processed by Tyler Stump in March 2014 and Terry Ann Sayler in June 2016 and April 2019.
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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