In the 1890s the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad maintained a photographic record of its properties along its routes (Divisions); a book of cyanotype prints was made of each Division for railroad officials. The Museum purchased a book of the B & O Philadelphia Division from the sister-in-law of Rosalie M. O'Connell, and found that it contained personal photographs mounted on the backs of the cyanotypes. Rosalie O'Connell had used the book as a personal photograph album from 1912 to 1917. Because the scrapbook material was damaging the cyanotypes, the NMAH Division of Conservation removed the photographs in 1985.
205 photoprints, incl. 149 outdoor, informal portraits and 46 studio portraits, many taken at or near the home of Rosalie O'Connell and her family in Baltimore. Includes pictures of neighbors, the Gable family, and their wooden privy; Rosalie's fiance George Barry; Rosalie and friends in activities at home and at work, at Jane's Creek and Riverview Park; her brother Bill and fellow soldiers during the Mexican War (?); etc. In these photos, Rosalie must have been in her teens to early twenties. The C. T. O'Connell family, who were Irish Catholics, lived at 2011 Barclay St. in a blue-collar neighborhood near the railroad yards.
Carolyn Long, "The History and Conservation Treatment of the Baltimore and Ohio Cyanotype Book and Rosalie O'Connell's Album, Plus The Cyanotype Process Explained," unpubl. ms. Nov. 22, 1985 (copy available in Archives Center)
Rosalie O'Connell Photograph Album, 1912-1917, Archives Center, National Museum of American History