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About the library

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. How did it get started, what has it accomplished, and whom has it influenced over the years? A chronology which answers these questions and lists the major events in our 120-year-plus history may be found here.

Newspapers at Pratt

Enoch Pratt has extensive holdings of Maryland newspapers on microfilm. Choose one of the following links to see complete list with holdings information.  

  • Maryland Newspapers by Title  
  • Maryland Newspapers by County  
  • Baltimore City Newspapers  
  • Digital Collections

    Here are some of the library's digital collections.

    • Burnt District Reports (BDR)  
      A digitized collection of the documents of the BDR that tell the story of the city's recoverty from the fire of 1904.
    • Cator Collection of Baltimore Views  
      This collection consists of nearly 200 etchings, engravings, watercolors, prints and other lithographs, from 1752 to 1930.
    • Sachse's Bird's Eye View of City of Baltimore 1869  
      Sachse's Bird's Eye View of the City of Baltimore 1869 still elicits the same fascination today as it did some 140 years ago when it first appeared. This new digital version of the map allows the viewer to see the original's exquisite detail and better appreciate this achievement in art and mapmaking!

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