OCTOBER 6, 1908
  PRELIMINARY REPORT:
   Exhibits portion 
 
The Maryland State Lunacy Commission initiated its documentary photographic campaign in August of 1908.  Dr. Arthur P. Herring, the Commission secretary, acquired a camera and began his tour of county institutions, making an initial photographic record of what he witnessed.  An incomplete set of photographs existed by the end of September.  This series of twenty-six images appeared as the exhibit portion of a preliminary report Dr. Herring presented to Governor Austin T. Crothers on October 6, 1908. 

 

 
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Montevue Asylum: two views of African-American building, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit A: Montevue Asylum, Frederick Co.
Montevue Asylum: African American male ward; interior view of cell and hallway, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit A: Montevue Asylum, Frederick Co.
Montevue Asylum: portrait of administrators and view looking out of cell, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit A: Montevue Asylum, Frederick Co.
Sylvan Retreat: view of exercise yard and interior showing beds crowded together in dormitory, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit B: Sylvan Retreat, Allegany Co.
Sylvan Retreat: exterior view of building and group portrait of administrators, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit B: Sylvan Retreat, Allegany Co.
Worcester County Almshouse: interior of African American building; Worcester County Jail showing confined patient, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit C:  Almshouse and Jail, Worcester County
Worcester County Almshouse: exterior views of almshouse complex, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit C: Almshouse, Worcester County
Somerset County Almshouse: exterior view; Wicomico County Almshouse, exterior view, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibits D: Almshouse, Somerset Co.; E: Almshouse, Wicomico Co.
Dorchester Co. Almshouse, exterior; Talbot Co. Almshouse, basement cells, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibits F: Almshouse, Dorchester Co.; G: Almshouse, Talbot Co.
Talbot County Almshouse: exterior view; view of basement window, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit G: Almshouse, Talbot Co.
Caroline County Almshouse: exterior view; Queen Anne's County Almhouse: exterior view, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibits H: Almshouse, Caroline Co.; I: Almshouse, Queen Anne's Co.
Kenty County Almshouse: exterior view and interior view of basement cells, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibit J: Almshouse, Kent Co.
Kent County Almshouse: view of basement cell; Cecil County Almshouse: exterior view, 1908, MSA Govpub 810916-1     Exhibits J: Almshouse, Kent Co.; K: Almshouse, Cecil Co.

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