Blanchard Randall Papers
MS.8

Summary Information

Repository
Archives and Manuscripts Collections
Creator
Randall, Blanchard, 1856-1942
Title
Blanchard Randall Papers
ID
MS.8
Date [inclusive]
1914-1969
Extent
0.4 Linear feet ; 1 box.
Language
English
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
Abstract
The Blanchard Randall Papers contain correspondence and other materials related to the founding of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Randall's role in its operation, and the construction of the 1929 John Russell Pope building.

Preferred Citation

Blanchard Randall Papers, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art

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Biographical Information

Blanchard Randall was born in Annapolis in 1856. A grain broker and banker, he was a leader in Baltimore's business world in the early part of the twentieth century. He served as President of The Baltimore Museum of Art from 1914 to 1937 and played a large role in the Museum's early success and the funding and building of the 1929 John Russell Pope building. He was also a trustee of The Johns Hopkins University, president of the National Board of Trade for several years, president of the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce in 1907, and was active in the Episcopal Church. He died in Baltimore in 1942.

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Scope and Contents

The Blanchard Randall Papers contain correspondence and other materials related to the founding of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Randall's role in its operation, and the construction of the 1929 John Russell Pope building.

Frequent correspondents in the Randall Papers include Henry Walters, Thomas C. Corner, A.R.L. Dohme, and John Russell Pope. When faced with a museum-related dilemma, Randall wrote to administrators at other U.S. museums for information and advice. The Papers contain several groups of such letters which shed light not only on the conditions at the BMA, but also on the responding museums. The decision about where the BMA should be built -- Druid Hill Park, Wyman Park or Mount Vernon -- engendered strong opinions from Baltimore's citizens and Randall received many letters as a result. The Papers also contain numerous newspaper clippings, mainly from The Baltimore Sun, that discuss the BMA.

A small number of materials created after Randall's death such as his obituary and several gift acknowledgements to Mrs. Harry R. Slack from the BMA are also in the Randall Papers.

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Arrangement

The materials have been kept in the order they were in when they were processed. It is unknown if this is the original order or not. Most correspondence is filed chronologically with files for specific subjects at the end.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Archives and Manuscripts Collections 2008

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD, 21032
(443) 573-1778
BMAlibrary@artbma.org

Restrictions on Access

The Blanchard Randall Papers are open for research. Photocopies of the John Russell Pope correspondence are available and must be used in that format. Please call the Archives for an appointment to use the photocopies.

Restrictions on Use

The Blanchard Randall Papers are the physical property of the Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult a Library staff member.

Provenance

Gift of W. Cameron Slack in 1988.

Processing Information

The date of processing for the Randall Papers is unknown, but was prior to 2000. No changes were made to the original processing at the time the finding aid was written.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of the John Russell Pope correspondence are available in the Library.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Slack Family Collection, 1853-1928, Special Collections, The Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Corner, Thomas Cromwell, 1865-1938 -- Correspondence
  • Dohme, A. R. L. -- Correspondence
  • Pope, John Russell, 1874-1937 -- Correspondence
  • Walters, Henry, 1848-1931 -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Art museums -- Administration
  • Baltimore Museum of Art

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 1914 

1 1

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 1915 

1 2

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 1916 Feb-Mar 

1 3

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 1916 Apr-Jul 

1 4

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 1916 Aug-Dec 

1 5

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 1917 

1 6

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 1919 

1 7

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 1920 

1 8

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 1922 

Contents

The August 15, 1922 letter from Blanchard Randall to Henry W. Kent of the Metropolitan Museum of Art contains a detailed description of the layout and features of the Garrett mansion at 101 W. Monument St. that would become the BMA's first home.

1 9

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 1923 Jan-Apr 

1 10

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 1923 May-Dec 

1 11

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 1924 Jan-Jul 

1 12

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 1924 Aug-Dec 

1 13

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 1925 Jan-Sep 

1 14

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 1925 Oct 

1 15

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 1925 Nov  

1 16

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 1925 Dec 

1 17

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Committee on Site. 1925 

1 18

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Lease and Agreement. 1925 

1 19

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 1926 Jan-Aug 

1 20

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 1926 Sep-Dec 

1 21

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 1927 

1 22

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 1928 

1 23

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 1929 

1 24

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 1930 

1 25

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Report on Audit Accounts - BMA. 1930 

1 26

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Scheme for Future Expansion of the BMA. 1934 

1 27

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 1936 

1 28

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 1937 

1 29

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 1939 

1 30

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 1942-1969 

1 31

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Articles 1953, Undated 

1 32

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BMA - News and Catalogues. 1924, 1936, 1941-1942, 1947, 1949-1950, 1953, Undated 

1 33

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Facts about the BMA. Between 1923 and 1929 

1 34

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Collection of Mary Frick Jacobs. 1938 

Contents

1 copy of The Collection of Mary Frick Jacobs inscribed to Blanchard Randall from Henry Barton Jacobs.

1 35

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Gifts to the Museum. 1926-1939 

1 36

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Undated 

1 37

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Personal Letters Concerning the Museum. 1930-1942 

1 38

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Southwest Museum. Undated 

1 39

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