The Saidie A. May Papers contain the correspondence, art collection related papers, financial papers, and photographs of Saidie Adler May and document her art purchases and donations to the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as other museums. A significant amount of correspondence, research notes, and other material relating to Mrs. May and her collections that was created by BMA staff is also included. The staff continues to add to this collection as materials are found or created that relate to Mrs. May.
The Papers are housed in 9 boxes (5 letter-sized, 3 rolled storage, 1 oversize) and consist of six series: Art Collection, Financial Papers, Correspondence, Photographs, Paintings, and Ephemera. The material came to the BMA as part of Mrs. May's bequest in 1951 and was stored in both the Registrar's Office and the Library for many years. While in the Registrar's Office between 2000 and 2005, all of the contents were photocopied. These copies are now available in the Library for researcher use. The material was deposited in the Archives in 2006.