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BDM Collection

About the BDM Collection

The Banneker-Douglass Museum collection is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African Americans relevant to Maryland through collections, conservation, and study of artifacts, photographs, fine arts, decorative and applied arts, and architectural elements.

The Collection presently includes artifacts and journals donated by Arctic explorer Herbert M. Frisby; photographs, equipment, and personal effects of photographer Thomas Baden donated by Barbara Bentley’ everyday items used by African American Marylanders in the 1920s and 1930s; medical instruments and artifacts from the 1920s through the 1950s; West African sculpture and utilitarian objects of the Dogon, Malinke, Bambara, Baule, and other cultures of the Guinea Coast; and works by Black Maryland artists, including Joyce Scott, Nathaniel Gibbs and Hughie Lee-Smith.

Access Object Catalog

Banneker-Douglass Museum Online Collections Database

For any questions regarding the collection or research requests, please contact us by phone (410) 216-6180 or by email at

Finding Aids

Thomas Baden Photograph Collection Finding Aid

Herbert Frisby Paper Finding Aid


Interested in adding to our collection? Please see our Donate page for more information.


Interested in getting a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at a museum? Now’s your chance!

The Collections Department is looking for volunteers to assist with the day-to-day activities involving object care! There are a lot of different opportunities and experiences to be gained from this role. You could be involved with:

• Researching items in the BDM collection
• Cataloging objects, photographs, and artwork in the BDM database
• Photographing objects and or scanning images for the collection database
• Organizing photograph files
• Creating descriptive inventories of selected collections
• And many more!

Learn more here or contact us by phone  (410) 216-6180 or by e-mail

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