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Early Publications

Identifier: dlma-0001-0001

Scope and Contents

The publications document the founding and evolution of the Maryland Institute. Included are: charters, constitutions and by-laws, annual reports with departmental reports and membership, student, and award lists, exhibition catalogs, course catalogs, addresses from public and commencement programs, etc.

Most of the original documents are bound pamphlets, roughly 6 x 9 inches. Some are bound together in hard covers, and some have paper covers. Some are fragile.

MICA owns a number of the original documents, and these were scanned to PDF files for ease of access. The original documents and print-outs from the PDF files are filed together. Originals owned by the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore were also borrowed, scanned to PDF, output as hard copies, and are included with the MICA holdings.


  • 1831-1907

Historical Note

The Maryland Institute College of Art was founded by John H.B. Latrobe and others as the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts in 1825. This collection consists of publications from the early years of the Institute’s foundingation and evolution.


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The series consists of publications from the years of MICA's founding in 1826 through 1907. They are a combination of original documents and print-outs from PDF files made from documents owned by the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. Most of these documents were digitized to PDF files during research for MICA: Making History/Making Art.


Arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically by title of document. Original documents are in the same folders as the reference copies. MICA holdings are interfiled with those copied from Enoch Pratt Free Library holdings.



Related Materials

Some of the annual reports include prospectus catalog content for the schools operated by the Maryland Institute that is replicated in the Prospectus Catalogs series which begins in the 1890s. As well, the prospectus catalogs up to 1907/1908 contain a (sometimes abbreviated) annual report. The prospectus catalogs up to 1919/1920 include a list of graduates from the previous year.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore holds original copies of many of these publications, which were digitized to PDF files in 2006-2007; print-outs from these files are included in this collection, and the digital files are maintained for reference.

Related publications are held at the Maryland Historical Society Library, Johns Hopkins University’s libraries, University of Maryland Libraries, Library of Congress, and in other libraries around the United States.

Digitized versions of related publications are available online through HathiTrust Digital Library, Internet Archive, Google Books, and Library of Congress.

MICA Early Publications
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical MICA Repository

Decker Library
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore MD 21217 U.S.A.