Ernest Kempe collected material relating to Baltimore.
Organized into 2 series: Series I. Scrapbook Pages, 1885-1953. Series II. Ledger Pages,
MSS 2002-02; Donation included books in addition to the scrapbooks and ledger.
The books were removed from the donation and cataloged with the Arnold collection.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including
Finding aid available.
Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll025.php
Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Md.)
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Extent: 1054 items (2.25 linear feet)
Clippings, photographs, postcards, sketches, minute book, broadside, tax bill,
and memorabilia arranged by subject and organized into twenty Subseries by original
Extent: 5 folders
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.
Extent: 9 folders
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.
Extent: 1 folders
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.
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.
Extent: 2 folders
Contains articles and photographs of Baltimore churches of various denominations.
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.
Extent: 4 folders
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.
Extent: 3 folders
Contains copies of two articles and a minute book from the Farmers and Merchants
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.
Photos and articles on Druid Hill Park, Clifton Park, River View and various
other places of recreation. Also photos of various buildings.
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
Various photos and articles on residential homes in Baltimore, many of which
no longer exist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Extent: 6 folders
Articles and photos on orphanages, veteran's homes, business, transportation,
and nostalgia. Kempe's notes on his scrapbooks are included
Newspaper series entitled "Man in the Streets," that explains how different
streets in Baltimore got its name and the story behind it.
Extent: 1 item
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.