Overview

Title: Ernest Kempe collection
Call Number: Coll025
Creator: Kempe, Ernest
Dates: 1865-1953; bulk 1929-1938
Size: 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: This collection was compiled and collected by Ernest Kempe and includes a series of scrapbook pages from twenty binders and a ledger with clippings pasted over the original writing. It contains clippings of articles, broadsides, postcards, negatives and photographs of Baltimore, Maryland. Clippings cover various streets, forms of public transporation, notable residents of Baltimore, and buildings such as hospitals and churches. The ledger also includes handwritten original poetry.
Citation: Ernest Kempe collection, Collection 25, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Ernest Kempe collected material relating to Baltimore.


Scope & Content

Arrangement

Organized into 2 series: Series I. Scrapbook Pages, 1885-1953. Series II. Ledger Pages, 1968-1943.


Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

MSS 2002-02; Donation included books in addition to the scrapbooks and ledger.

Processing Note

The books were removed from the donation and cataloged with the Arnold collection.

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.

Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll025.php

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.


Subject Headings

Creators

Kempe, Ernest

Subjects

Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Md.)

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Baltimore (Md.)

Maryland


Series Description & Container List

  1. Series I. Scrapbook Pages

    Date: 1885-1953

    Extent: 1054 items (2.25 linear feet)

    Description: Clippings, photographs, postcards, sketches, minute book, broadside, tax bill, and memorabilia arranged by subject and organized into twenty Subseries by original binder groupings.S

    1. Subseries I.A. Binder 1

      Date: 1885-1938

      Extent: 5 folders

      Description: Articles, postcards, and photographs on a variety of buildings, such as the post office and court house, the Fifth Regiment Amory and on subjects like ice cutting.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Enoch Pratt Library box 1 folder 1

        Walters Art Gallery box 1 folder 2

        Photographs/Postcards box 1 folder 3

        Government Buildings box 1 folder 4

        Armories box 1 folder 5

    2. Subseries I.B. Binder 2

      Date: 1934-1948

      Extent: 9 folders

      Description: Contains clippings, photographs and sketches, one from as early as1752. Clippings include a series from a Baltimore newspaper entitled "I Remember…," that shows what was happening in Baltimore either 50 or 100 years prior, articles on the role of the MSPCA in protecting horses, and a series on how Baltimore streets were named.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Nostalgia box 1 folder 6

        Dickeyville box 1 folder 7

        Nostalgia box 1 folder 8

        Horses box 1 folder 9

        Know Baltimore? box 1 folder 10

        Baltimore Theaters box 1 folder 11

        Churches box 1 folder 12

        Miscellaneous Photos box 1 folder 13

        "Man in the Street" series box 1 folder 14

    3. Subseries I.C. Binder 3

      Date: 1919-1946

      Extent: 1 folders

      Description: A series of photographs and articles on Baltimore area hospitals. Including John Hopkins Hospital; also contains a typed copy of "A Brief history of the Hospital for the Women of Maryland, 1882-1946," by Merrell L. Stout, MD.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Hospitals box 1 folder 15

    4. Subseries I.D. Binder 4

      Date: 1873-1943

      Extent: 5 folders

      Description: Contains photographs and articles pertaining to department stores, factories, markets, towers, roads, bridges, and the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Included is an article on the horse of Governor Brown; an 1895 map of Baltimore and the settlement house, Lawrence House.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Buildings box 1 folder 16

        Commerce box 1 folder 17

        Great Baltimore Fire 1904 box 1 folder 18

        Roads/Bridges box 1 folder 19

        Miscellaneous box 1 folder 20

    5. Subseries I.E. Binder 5

      Date: 1919-1936

      Extent: 2 folders

      Description: Contains articles and photographs of Baltimore churches of various denominations.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Churches box 1 folder 21

        Churches box 1 folder 22

    6. Subseries I.F. Binder 6

      Date: 1907-1940

      Extent: 2 folders

      Description: Contains photos and articles on various housing throughout Baltimore. Includes examples of property tax bills, razing, preservation and housing projects such as the Edgar Allan Poe project.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Housing box 1 folder 23

        Housing box 1 folder 24

    7. Subseries I.G. Binder 7

      Date: 1922-1937

      Extent: 4 folders

      Description: Contains photos of horses performing different occupations, including the fire and police departments. Photos of the Maryland Penitentiary and a new traffic tower from 1922. Articles and photos of the fire department and the fire of 1904 in Baltimore.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Horses box 2 folder 1

        Maryland Penitentiary box 2 folder 2

        Firehouses/men/engines box 2 folder 3

        Great Baltimore fire of 1904 box 2 folder 4

    8. Subseries I.H. Binder 8

      Date: 1912-1925

      Extent: 3 folders

      Description: Contains copies of two articles and a minute book from the Farmers and Merchants Bank.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        The Baltimore Gas and Electric News, July 1912 box 2 folder 5

        From an Old Minute Book box 2 folder 6

        Art and Archaeology, June 1925 box 2 folder 7

    9. Subseries I.I. Binder 9

      Date: 1929-1953

      Extent: 3 folders

      Description: Various articles/photos on the Bath Street Viaduct and Preston Gardens, various bridges, Jones' Falls; and other buildings. Also a publication entitled "A Common Work for the Common Wealth," dated 1929 published by Baltimore Gas and Electric.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Bath Street Viaduct/Preston Gardens box 2 folder 8

        Bridges box 2 folder 9

        Gas and Electric publication/Misc. photos box 2 folder 10

    10. Subseries I.J. Binder 10

      Date: 1894-1941

      Extent: 2 folders

      Description: Photos and articles on Druid Hill Park, Clifton Park, River View and various other places of recreation. Also photos of various buildings.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Druid Hill Park box 2 folder 11

        Parks/Miscellaneous Photos box 2 folder 12

    11. Subseries I.K. Binder 11

      Date: 1910-1940

      Extent: 3 folders

      Description: Photos and articles on trolley's, streetcars, railroad engines, train stations, the Emma Giles, a submarine, and other modes of transportation. Also a 1910 copy of Trolley News.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Train stations box 2 folder 13

        Maryland Transportation box 2 folder 14

        Trolley/Streetcars and railroad engines box 2 folder 15

    12. Subseries I.L. Binder 12

      Date: 1895-1945

      Extent: 2 folders

      Description: Various photos and articles on residential homes in Baltimore, many of which no longer exist.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Residential Homes box 2 folder 16

        Residential Homes box 2 folder 17

    13. Subseries I.M. Binder 13

      Date: 1919-1949

      Extent: 4 folders

      Description: Obituaries and photos of noted Marylanders; photos and articles on commercial businesses in Baltimore, including a hand-written paper on the first ice making plant in the U. S., which was located in Maryland. A typed paper entitled, "Railroad blow your horn!" which was an address given by Olive W. Dennis, research engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, October 9, 1947. Photos and articles on the waterfront, harbor, pleasure ships and other things having to do with Baltimore's waterfront.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Noted Marylanders/obituaries box 2 folder 18

        Commercial Businesses box 2 folder 19

        Railroad Blow Your Horn box 2 folder 20

        Waterfront box 2 folder 21

    14. Subseries I.N. Binder 14

      Date: 1899-1947

      Extent: 2 folders

      Description: Pictures and articles on various Baltimore hotels, including an article on the Hotel Rennert which was forced to close in 1939. The Merchants Club; Kaminskey's Tavern; a menu from the Hotel Rennert restaurant, and other clubs and hotels included.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Hotels box 2 folder 22

        Restaurants/Clubs box 2 folder 23

    15. Subseries I.O. Binder 15

      Date: 1860-1948

      Extent: 3 folders

      Description: Bulk deals with photos, postcards, and articles on Baltimore colleges, universities, and public schools. Misc. includes a photograph of Tschudy Burial Ground; houses on Aliceanna Street; and an article on yellow fever. A German Aged home, orphanages and other asylums are included.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Colleges and Schools box 3 folder 1

        Miscellaneous box 3 folder 2

        Hospitals/Asylums/Retirement Homes box 3 folder 3

    16. Subseries I.P. Binder 16

      Date: 1885-1948

      Extent: 3 folders

      Description: Various scenes from different streets in Baltimore, including Lexington and Charles Streets. Photos of various buildings in Baltimore. Miscellaneous includes a photo of carriages for sale; Battle Monument; City Springs; a clock tower photo from 1885 and article on clocks; hay scales; 1904 fire London Park Cemetery; Hookstown, and a 1888 map of Baltimore.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Street Scenes box 3 folder 4

        Buildings box 3 folder 5

        Miscellaneous box 3 folder 6

    17. Subseries I.Q. Binder 17

      Date: 1850-1945

      Extent: 4 folders

      Description: Postcards, negatives and photographs of Baltimore's buildings. Miscellaneous includes photos of people, vegetation, and an invitation to a reunion of Male Grammar School No. 1.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Postcards box 3 folder 7

        Photographs of Buildings box 3 folder 8

        Negatives box 3 folder 9

        Miscellaneous box 3 folder 10

    18. Subseries I.R. Binder 18

      Date: 1867-1948

      Extent: 4 folders

      Description: A 1939 issue of the Maryland Gazette concerning the Star Spangled Banner. Several broadsides from 1867 and1879 on Democratic elections. Photographs and negatives on Baltimore housing. Miscellaneous includes housing, firemen, colleges, people, buildings, etc.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Postcards box 3 folder 7

        Photographs of Buildings box 3 folder 8

        Negatives box 3 folder 9

        Miscellaneous box 3 folder 10

    19. Subseries I.S. Binder 19

      Date: 1931-1949

      Extent: 6 folders

      Description: Articles and photos on orphanages, veteran's homes, business, transportation, and nostalgia. Kempe's notes on his scrapbooks are included

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Orphanages/Veteran's homes box 3 folder 15

        Miscellaneous box 3 folder 16

        Transportation box 3 folder 17

        Nostalgia box 3 folder 18

        Business box 3 folder 19

    20. Subseries I.T. Binder 20

      Date: 1930-1948

      Extent: 2 folders

      Description: Newspaper series entitled "Man in the Streets," that explains how different streets in Baltimore got its name and the story behind it.

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Man in the Streets box 3 folder 21

        Man in the Streets box 3 folder 22

  2. Series II. Ledger pages

    Date: 1968-1943

    Extent: 1 item

    Description: A ledger entitled "News fro the press, Out of the Past, Into the Present year 1868 to the present (1943)." Ledger is inscribed with having been printed by Bohemian Printing. Included is poetry clipped from newspapers as well as hand-written original poetry from the 1800s by members of the Keefer family. Various news stories and illustrations, including topics such as: death; hypnosis; spiritualism; superstitions; occult; ghosts; authors; actors; theater; astrology; Ulysses S. Grant's illness prior to death; churches; Native Americans; Francis Scott Key; the abdication of the Duke of Windsor; cartoons; Governor Albert Ritchie; and John D. Rockefeller.

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