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Phoebe B. Stanton papers

Identifier: PIMS-0021

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Scope and Contents

The Phoebe B. Stanton papers contain various publications, photographs, notes, and correspondence related to Stanton’s research on architecture. Series 1 consists of photocopied papers from architects including Edmund G. Lind (architect of the George Peabody Library), Richard Upjohn, Edward Neidle Kaufman, and Robert Cary Long. Series 2 primarily contains drafts of Stanton’s publications relating to Baltimore architecture. Series 3 consists of correspondence, notes, sketches, and other research relating to the architecture of Episcopal churches. Series 4 contains publications relating to the heritage and history of churches and the Baltimore area. Series 5 contains photographs of historic buildings and contemporary Baltimore streets.


  • Creation: 1942 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Phoebe B. Stanton, born 1915 in Carroll County, Ill., was a scholar in the fields of art history and architecture. Stanton split her childhood between Chicago and Lebanon. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1937 and a master’s degree in modern European history from Radcliffe College in 1939. In the midst of her graduate studies, she became employed with the Navy and the Board of Economic Welfare. She earned her doctorate from the University of London in 1950 and worked at the American Embassy in London. Stanton settled in Baltimore with her husband, city planner Daniel J. Stanton.

Stanton taught art history at the Johns Hopkins University for more than 20 years. In 1971, Stanton was named the William R. Keenan Jr. Professorial Chair of the art history department. She also wrote extensively about architecture for the Baltimore Sun from 1971 to 1976, published several books, and participated in Baltimore’s design review committees. She was also the first recipient of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation's Golden Griffin, recognized for "a sustained commitment to Baltimoreans and their architecture." Stanton also taught at Reed, Bryn Mawr, and Goucher colleges. She died September 24, 2003.


1.69 Cubic Feet (3 flat boxes, 1 half-sized letter box, 1 photo binder, 1 card file box)

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The Phoebe B. Stanton papers contain various publications, photographs, notes, and correspondence related to Stanton’s research on architecture. Research topics include architects such as Edmund G. Lind and the architecture of Episcopal churches and the city of Baltimore.

Other Finding Aids

A list of online articles Stanton saved for her research is available upon request. Please contact the Peabody Archives for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is no known acquisition information for this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Grace Minghsuan Tsai in 2016.


Guide to the Phoebe B. Stanton papers
Kerri Sheehan
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA