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.
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For any questions regarding the collection or research requests, please contact the Curator of Collections at 410-216-6183 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!