Preserving the past for the future.

The Gilman School Archives documents the history of the school from the time of its founding in 1897 to the present - a span of more than a century.

The collection includes photographs, document, publications, and various types of memorabilia as well as rare books. The principal collection focuses on class pictures, with a box of photographs for each class starting with 1903. Also, we have a complete collection of Cynosures from the first publication in 1918 through today. Our collection of The Blue and The Gray starts in 1901, and The Gilman News in 1914.

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Gilman is part of Digital Maryland, a collaborative, statewide digitization program headquartered the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Resource Center. Check out our collection of more than 600 Gilman photographs and memorabilia and our special Walter Lord collection.

In the Collection

The Gilman Archives is digitizing hundreds of football and lacrosse film reels dating back to the 1930s.


Walter Lord collection

One of our School’s most accomplished and most loyal alumni, Walter Lord '35 wrote 12 books, notable among them A Night to Remember detailing the last hours of the Titanic. In fact, his 1982 book, The Miracle of Dunkirk, reappeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list this past summer, enjoying a resurgence resulting from interest piqued by Dunkirk, the movie.

The Walter Lord Collection contains his personal library, Civil War memorablia, manuscripts, research notes, scrapbooks about ships, and the pencils he used to write NTR. The Middle School library is named in honor of Walter Lord.

Below are two artifacts from the Lord Collection. Spittoon is a self-published newspaper during his days as a Gilman boy. The Blue and The Gray contains The Captain's Table 1933 - story of a fictionalized ship sinking that harkens to the eventual narrative style he would use for NTR.

Browse our Walter Lord Collection on Digital Maryland.

First page of the PDF file: 1933CaptainsTable
First page of the PDF file: LordSpittonsmall
The Gilman Archives welcomes inquiries and material contributions.

Open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment
Monday - Friday
Upper School - CT28

Johanna Schein

Titles: Archivist, C.A.
Locations: All School, Upper School
Phone Numbers:
School: 367

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