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William Frick papers

Identifier: PIMS-0067

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Scope and Contents

The William Frick papers (1833-1846) contain correspondence, books and publications, invitations, lectures, photographs, clippings, and a diary. Much of the correspondence is with Matthew Topham Evans, a fellow lawyer. Other correspondents include Charles Sumner, James Fenimore Cooper, and Washington Irving.


  • Creation: 1833-1846


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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

William Frick (1790-1855) attended Moravian College at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and pursued legal studies in Baltimore in the law office of General William H. Winder. He was admitted to the Baltimore bar in 1813. After several years of practicing law, Frick was elected to the Maryland Senate representing Baltimore City and in 1837 was appointed collector of the port for the District of Maryland by President Jackson. In 1848 Governor Francis Thomas appointed Frick judge of the Baltimore County courts and associate judge of the court of appeals. He was then elected as first judge of the superior court of Baltimore City in 1851.

Frick published books and poetry. He was in contact with many writers, politicians, and lawyers, including Matthew Topham Evans, Thomas Hood, Harriet Martineau, John Howard Payne, Horace Watters, George McCreary, Charles Summer, George Hilliard, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, and William Hoffman.


0.71 Cubic Feet (1 full-size legal box, 1 half-size legal box)

Language of Materials



William Frick was a poet, lawyer, Maryland state senator, and city court judge, and associate judge of the Court of Appeals, and was elected first judge of the Superior Court of Baltimore city in 1851. His papers date from 1833 to 1846 and include correspondence with colleagues in the fields of law and politics, publications, photographs, clippings, and invitations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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Related Materials

Additional materials of the Frick family at the Arthur Friedheim Library include the James Swan Frick photograph and postcard collection (PIMS.0065), the Frank Frick papers (PIMS.0066), and the Leslie Frick papers (PIMS.0068). A large collection of Frick family papers is held at the Maryland Historical Society.

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Revision Statements

  • 2024-03-08: Edited biographical and scope notes to remove aggrandizing and unclear language.

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

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