Digitizing and Re-Cataloging the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company Image Collection

Material Description

Comprised of approximately 500,000 photographic prints and negatives, the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE) Image Collection is one of the largest collections in the BMI's archives. This extensive collection was created by BGE, a local utility company, as a means of documenting its progress in providing services to a broad spectrum of residential and commercial customers. Previously held by the now defunct Baltimore City Life Museums, the BGE Image Collection has been part of the BMI's archives since 1999 and is a popular resource for local historians and other researchers. The value of the BGE Image Collection lays in the unique look it provides at how goods and services were produced in Baltimore as well as the physical facilities in which these processes took place. In many cases, the BGE collection provides the only extant photographic record of the businesses and industries that it documents. Besides offering an account of the process by which gas and electric power spread throughout Baltimore and the surrounding region, the BGE collection also provides a rare window into the lives of the utility company's employees, many of whom appear in photographs that were featured in the company's in-house publications. Taken together, the BGE collection offers one of the most comprehensive photographic histories of Baltimore during the 20th century and serves as an invaluable record of the city's changing landscape.

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Baltimore Museum of Industry


Ms. Jane Woltereck
Baltimore Museum of Industry

Mr. Matt


Date Range

1920 - 2001

Geographic Scope

The geographic areas represented in the BGE Image Collection correspond to the utility company's service area, which includes all of Baltimore City and portions of ten surrounding counties (Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Price George's, Anne Arundel, and Calvert).


  • 320000 Photographs
  • 30000 Catalog records
  • 30000 Catalog records
  • 30000 Catalog records
  • 30000 Catalog records