Title: Harry Rowe collection
Call Number: Coll324
Creator: Rowe, Harry M. (Harry Marc), 1860-1926
Dates: 1904-1940
Size: 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: English
Abstract: The Harry Rowe Collection contains issues of "The Budget" newsletter published by Harry Rowe between 1904 and 1925, financial papers concerning the Rowe Company, and a family photo album and loose photographs of the Rowe family.
Citation: Harry M. Rowe collection, Collection 324, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Dr. Harry Marc Rowe (1860-1926) was an American businessman in Baltimore, Maryland. He started his professional career teaching at a commercial school named Duff College in Pittsburg, PA and moved onto a smaller Massachusetts business school named Curry College, which he later became president. While at Curry, Rowe also learned and worked in accounting houses and became very active in business education associations. Within a few years, he left his presidency to pursue accountancy. When Warren Sadler, a business school owner, visited Pittsburg in 1893, Rowe’s hoped to pitch a deal to exclusively write textbooks for Sadler’s schools, which Sadler accepted in March 1894. Four years later, after testing his materials in Sadler’s classroom, the Sadler-Rowe Company was incorporated and published practical accounting text in a workbook format. By 1911, Sadler-Rowe became H.M. Rowe Company and was closed in 2014. Rowe was an executive of the American Automobile Association (AAA) becoming its president between 1916-1918 and promoted road construction to Congress. He partnered with A/ T Carozza on road building projects and public work contacts in Maryland, later creating Carozza-Rowe Construction. Rowe had 4 children with 3 wives; Harry Jr, Hart, Earle, and Portia. All of his sons held positions in H.M. Rowe Company: Harry Jr. served as editor and was eventually vice president and Hart covered sales related work at schools and became secretary treasurer. Once Earle was old enough, he joined the company as well. When the US entered the war in 1917, Harry was forced to run the business alone. After returning from war, by early 1920, the Rowe sons were no longer part of the company. Harry Jr. was fired as treasurer of Rowe’s contracting business around 1924 and his other sons also distanced themselves from the company. Unfortunately, one of his sons attacked Dr. Harry M. Rowe by which he died.

Scope & Content


This collection is divided into 3 series. Series I: Rowe Family Life Series II: The Budget Newsletter Series III:Financial Records

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Accession MSS2021-13.

Processing Note

This collection was assembled and donated by Lyn Camire Jones, and independednt researcher. After using these materials to piece together the story of Harry M. Rowe's family and career, she transferred these materials to UMBC in November 2021.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding aid available.

Access Conditions

This collection is open for research. There are no restricted materials.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Permission is required for all reproduction requests. Copyright maintained by the creator.

Subject Headings


Rowe, Harry M. (Harry Marc), 1860-1926


Business education Publishing industry--United States--1890-1900

Publishing industry--United States--1910-1920.

Series Description & Container List

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  1. Series 1: Rowe Family Life

    Date: 1909-1926

    Description: This series contains family images, newspaper clippings citing the Rowe family house fire, and images of the newly built estate.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Estate of H.M. Rowe 1915-1926 1
      Rowe Family Album (1) 1909-1920 1
      Rowe Family Album (2) 1909-1920 1
  2. Series 2: The Budget Newsletter

    Date: 1904-1925

    Description: This series contains the internally published newspaper by The Sadle-Rowe Company until 1911.published under the same name once the company was renamed to H.M. Rowe Company.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      The Budget 1904 2 1 Description
      The Budget 1905 2 2 Description
      The Budget 1906 2 3 Description
      The Budget 1907 2 4 Description
      The Budget 1908 2 5 Description
      The Budget 1909-1910 2 6 Description
      The Budget 1910-1911 2 7 Description
      The Budget 1911-1912 2 8 Description
      The Budget 1912-1913 2 9 Description
      The Budget 1913-1914 2 10 Description
      The Budget 1914-1915 2 11 Description
      The Budget 1915-1916 2 12 Description
      The Budget 1916-1917 2 13 Description
      The Budget 1917-1918 2 14 Description
      The Budget 1918-1919 2 15 Description
      The Budget 1919-1920 2 16 Description
      The Budget 1921 2 17 Description
      The Budget 1921 2 18 Description
      The Budget 1922 2 19 Description
      The Budget 1922-1924 2 20 Description
      The Budget 1924 2 21 Description
      The Budget 1925 2 22 Description
  3. Series 3: Financial Records

    Date: 1926-1940

    Description: This series contains some finanancial records pertaining to the H. M. Rowe Company finances toward the end of Mr. Rowe's life.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      H.M. Rowe Company Financial Records 1926-1940 2 23


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