Cover-Long-Deekens Collection - PP98

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library

ca. 1845-1931

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, October 1999 



The families of Margaret Lamar Deekens Cover (d. 1986) and Loring Andrews Cover, Jr. (d. 1982) include many illustrious ancestors.

Margaret Cover was born in Cumberland, the daughter of Francis S. and Mary Sprigg Long Deekens. She attended Sweetbriar College in Lynchburgh, Va., and came to the Baltimore area at some point, where she and her husband lived in Owings Mills. She was an avid collector of antique dollhouses and dollhouse furniture. Margaret’s father, Francis S. Deekens was born in Australia, and came to the U.S. as a young man in 1881 via England, Canada, and France. A Cumberland business leader in real estate and insurance, he oversaw major real estate transactions and development in the region, and was a founder and president of the Real Estate and Securities Company (1903-ca. 1918). Earlier he worked in the mining industry, as chief clerk for the Consolidation Coal Co. at Frostburg (1885-1891), and as assistant vice president of the Union Mining Co. at Mount Savage (1891-1902).

Margaret Cover’s grandparents were J. Hampton and Sarah E. Sprigg Long of Cumberland, where J. Hampton Long was in the hardware business; her great grandfather was former Maryland Congressman (6th district) Capt. Michael C. Sprigg. Other maternal ancestors were Revolutionary War heroes Col. William Lamar (1755-1838; husband of Margaret Worthington Lamar, d. 1821) and Capt. Michael Cresap.

Loring A. Cover, Jr. was the son of Loring A. Cover (1867-1949), who was a prominent Baltimore businessman. Born at Western Run (Baltimore Co.), the son of a leather manufacturer/merchant, the elder Loring Cover attended Shenandoah Valley Academy in Winchester, Va. and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1887. He worked with his father for about 17 years, during which time he married Grace Romayne Stayman (d. 1935) of Winchester, Va. In 1907, Cover founded the Portland Cement Mill in Hagerstown in partnership with several other men, later known as Security Cement and Lime Company. Loring and Grace made their home in the Greenspring Valley (Baltimore Co.) at Garrison or Chattolanee. Their children were Loring, Jr., Thomas, III, Nelson, Grace (later Mrs. Symington), and Jane (later Mrs. Piper).

Loring A. Cover, Jr. worked mainly as an investment broker, with Baker Watts and Co. as a young man, and for 25 years with T. Rowe Price and Associates until retirement in 1971. Raised in Baltimore, he attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, served in the Nary during World War I, graduated from Princeton University in 1921, and worked for the engineering dept. of the Bendix Radio Division plant in Towson during World War II.

Collection Origin

Gift of Mrs. Margaret Cover, 1984 (001248).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box containing 6 cased photographs, 8 folders with 85 uncased photographs, and 1 album with 24 images. Subjects are portraits of the Cover, Deekens, Long, and Lamar families, with many locations in Allegany Co. including Cumberland and Mount Savage. There are images of the estate "Strathmoor", and the Woodland Tennis Club in Frostburg. Other subjects include recreational activities such as tennis, bicycling, and a picnic in the Mount Savage coal mine.

The album, from the Civil War-era, contains carte-de-visite portraits of Harry Gilmor and Robert E. Lee, as well as Long, Lamar, and Deekens family portraits.

Note: The collection also includes 1 folder with 4 pieces of printed ephemera, which are 2 valentines and 2 envelopes.


The uncased photographs are housed in 8 folders, and the 6 cased photographs and 1 album are all individually wrapped, with variable arrangement within the box. Of the uncased photographs, 55 are loose and 30 are mounted as a collage onto 2 boards.

None of the items have been numbered or arranged to correlate with the inventory. Until further arrangement can be done, the only way to match objects to the inventory listings is to compare dimensions and description of the photographs.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 6 Cased Photographs, 8 Folders, 1 Album

Cased Photographs
1. Daguerreotype, [Margaret Worthington Lamar? – no, she died in 1821], sixth plate, ca. 1845 leather case: scroll motif, 9.1 x 8.0 cm.

2. Ambrotype, [Unidentified Woman], ninth plate, ca. 1857, plastic case: scroll motif, 8.0 x 7.0 cm.

3. Daguerreotype, [Sarah Sprigg Long (Mrs. James Hampton Long)], sixth plate, ca. 1845, leather case: floral motif, delicate roses, variant, 9.4 x 8.1 cm.

4. Ambrotype, [Lisette Deekens], sixth plate, ca. 1855, leather case, top half missing, 9.4 x 8.1 cm.

5. Daguerreotype, [Unidentified Young Woman head on hand], sixth plate, ca. 1845, leather case geometric motif, top half missing, 9.4 x 8.1 cm.

6. Daguerreotype, [Unidentified Young Woman arm on table], sixth plate, ca. 1845, leather case, bottom half missing, 9.4 x 8.1 cm.

8 Folders (uncased photographs)
1. Toned gelatin silver print, [Loring A. Cover Jr.], ca. 1918, by Orren Jack Turner, 20.3 x 12.6 cm., taken during WWI in Cape May, N.J.

2. [Toned gelatin silver?] print, [Mary Sprigg Hampton-Long Deekens and Margaret Lamar Deekens], ca. 1915, 20.4 x 15.3 cm. mounted; 14.1 x 9.8 cm. image.

3. [Toned Gelatin Silver?] print, [Grace Stayman Cover, Loring Andrews Cover Jr., Thomas Cover III, and Grace Romayne Cover], ca. 1910, by Barr, Winchester, Va., 23.1 x 17.9 cm. mounted; 21.4 x 16 .5 cm. image.

4. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Deekens Cover], ca. 1925, Unfinished Proof by Bachrach, 25.7 x 20.0 cm.

5. Cabinet card, [Loring Andrews Cover, 4 1/2 months], 1899, by C. Fred Barr, Winchester, Va., 16.6 x 10.7 cm. mounted; 14.2 x 9.8 cm. image.

6. Gelatin Silver Print, [Margaret Cover], 1930, by Lomax, 7.1 x 5.6 cm. oval.

7. Gelatin Silver Print, [Margaret Deekens], ca. 1922-1923, 17.6 x 12.5 cm.

8. [Gelatin Silver?] Print, [Loring Cover], ca. 1920, Associated News Proof, New York, 19.3 x 13.0 cm.

9. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Cover], February 1929, [Baltimore County], 25.5 x 16.8 cm.

10. [Toned Platinum?] print, [Margaret Cover], ca. 1920-1921, 25.3 x 20.4 cm., signed in pen by Margaret Cover, dress worn at U. Va. Cotillion.

11-13. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Cover in Fur], ca. 1925, by Pach Bros., N.Y., 25.3 x 18.8 cm.; 25.5 x 19.0 cm.; 24.2 x 17.7 cm.

14. Gelatin Silver Print, [Margaret Cover], ca, 1925, by Pach Bros., N.Y., 25.3 x 18.0 cm.

15. Gelatin Silver Print, [Mrs. Deekens, Margaret and Francis Deekens], ca. 1907, 10.9 x 8.2 cm. mounted; 9.9 x 7.0 cm. image.

16. Toned platinum print, [Loring A. Cover ?], 1931, by Janvier, 30.5 x 23.0 cm. mounted; 24.1 x 17.7 cm. image.

17. Gelatin silver print, [Cover and children], ca. 1920, by Foster, Baltimore, 25.4 x 18.8 cm. mounted; 24.0 x 18.0 cm. image.

18. Copy Photograph, [Elise Deekens], 35.6 x 28.0 cm. mounted; 24.0 x 18.6 cm. image, on verso in pencil: "Elise Deekens, grand-mother of Francis Stewart Deekens, aunt of Alfred Ainger, the Master of Temple Church, London, England, and author of Life of Charles Lamb."

19-28. 10 gelatin silver prints, mounted on cardboard, 35.8 x 28.2 cm., ca. 1905-1920, includes potrtraits of Loring Cover with family and friends.

29-50. 22 gelatin silver prints and [collodio/gelatino-chloride?] prints, mounted on cardboard, 35.8 x 28.2 cm., ca. 1905-1920, includes portraits of Margaret Cover with family and friends.

51. Albumen print, [The By 4 on a Spree], 1889, Edgar S. Thomson, Photographer, Mount Savage, Maryland, 13.4 x 20.6 cm. mounted; 11.5 x 19.9 cm. image, see backing for identification of group.

52. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Deekens wearing bonnet], ca. 1910, 9.1 x 9.1 cm.

53. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Deekens and Betty Strawbridge], ca. 1910, 9.1 x 9.1 cm.

54. Gelatin silver print, [Mrs. John Galloway Lynn and John Galloway Lynn III, of Cumberland], ca. 1915, 13.9 x 9.0 cm.

55. Gelatin silver print, [Francis Stewart Deekens], ca. 1895, 15.3 x 10.4 cm. mounted; 14.0 x 9.8 cm. image.

56. Gelatin silver print, [Mary Deekens, Margaret Cover's Mother, Cumberland, Md.], 1918, by Towles, 13.6 x 9.9 cm. oval .

57. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Lamar Deekens], ca. 1906, 10.9 x 8.3 cm. oval mount; 9.0 x 6.5 cm. oval image.

58. Gelatin silver print, [Francis Sprigg Deekens], by Haverstick Studio, Cumberland, Md., ca. 1910, 13.7 x 9.9 cm. mounted; 9.9 x 6.8 cm. image.

59. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Lamar Deekensl, ca. 1909, 11.3 x 8.5 cm. mount; 9.9 x 6.0 cm. image.

60. Tintype, [Unidentified Child], ca. 1865, 9.9 x 6.2 cm. mount; approx. 5.0 x 4.0 cm. image.

61. Carte-de-Visite, albumen print, [George Levnard], ca. 1870, 10.0 x 6.2 cm. mount; 9.5 x 5.9 cm. image.

62. Gelatin silver print, [Copy photograph of Portrait of Michael Cresap Sprigg], ca. 1805, 14.0 x 9.7 cm. mounted; 13.8 x 9.7 c. image.

63. Albumen print, [Group Portrait with Man on Bicycle], ca. 1890, Edgar S. Thomson, Photographer, Mount Savage, Maryland, 12.8 x 11.0 cm. mounted; 11.5 x 9.5 cm. image.

64. Gelatin silver print, [The Shriver House, Cumberland, Maryland], ca. 1910, 8.4 x 8.4 cm.

65. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Deekens], ca. 1923, 15.2 x 10.2 cm.

66. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Cover and Son], 1930, by Lomax, 19.1 x 14.1 cm. folded mount; 17.8 x 13.4 cm. image.

67. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Deekens, Cumberland, Md.], 1925, 20.1 x 15.3 cm.

68. Gelatin silver print, [Francis Sprigg Deekens], 1903, 14.1 x 14.1 cm. mount; 8.2 x 8.5 cm. image.

69. Albumen.Print, [View of Cumberland-Borman Bridge and Emmanuel Episcopal Church], ca. 1870, 8.9 x 8.7 cm. mount; 7.4 x 7.4 cm. image.

70. Gelatin silver print, [Francis Sprigg Deekens (1896-1936)], ca. 1930, 16.7 x 11.8 cm.

71. Albumen print, [Moonlight Picnic at Mt. Savage, Md.], ca. 1890, Edgar S. Thomson, 13.3 x 21.5 cm. mount; 11.4 x 19.4 cm. image, see photograph for identification of group.

72. Albumen print, [Strathmoor, Guests on The Tennis Court], ca. 1890, Edgar S. Thomson 13.4 x 21.7 cm. mount; 11.4 x 19.8 cm. image.

73. Albumen Print, [Residence of J.A. Carter near Mt. Jackson], ca. 1890, 13.6 x 21.5 cm. mount; 12.0 x 19.3 cm. image.

74. Albumen Print, [Francis Stewart Deekens and Two Mastiffs, Frostburg], ca. 1890, 13.5 x 20.6 cm. mount; 11.6 x 19.5 cm. image.

75. Albumen Print, [Woodland Tennis Club, Grounds, Frostburg, Md.], 1888, 13.4 x 21.7 cm. mount; 11.5 x 20.0 cm. image, taken at Tennis Tea given to Cumberland Tennis Club.

76. Albumen Print, [Tennis Match], ca. 1890, Edgar S. Thomson, 13.3 x 21.5 cm. mount; 11.7 x 19.6 cm. image.

77. Albumen Print, [Picnic Party Down in Mine], 1889, Edgar S. Thomson, 13.4 x 21.7 cm. mount; 11.5 x 20.0 cm. image, see photograph for identification of group.

78. Gelatin silver print, [Mary Sprigg Long], ca. 1880, T.L. Darnell & Son. Cumberland, Md., 16.7 x 11.0 cm. mount; 14.8 x 10.5 cm. image.

79. [Collodio/Gelatino Chloride?], [Francis Sprigg Deekens, 3 months 11 days], 1896, T.L. Darnell, Cumberland, Md. 15.4 x 10.9 cm. mount; 10.4 x 7.7 cm. image.

80. [Collodio/Gelatino Chloride?] print, [Albert van Kempen Deekens and Francis Stewart Deekens], 1894, Cummins, Baltimore, Md., 16.6 x 10.8 cm. mount; 14.0 x 10.0 cm. image.

81. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Cover with Her Bridesmaids], [Bachrach?], 1924, 24.6 x 27.9 cm.

82. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Cover in Wedding Gown], Bachrach, 1924, 30.6 x 23.0 cm.

83. Gelatin silver print, [Loring Andrews Cover, Jr.], framed, ca. 1905, approx. 6.0 x 6.0 cm.

84. Gelatin silver print, [Margaret Deekens with Cat], ca. 1910, 11.0 x 8.5 cm. mounted; 10.0 x 6.3 cm. image.

85. Albumen print, [Group Portrait in Front of Strathmore Park], 1890, Edgar S. Thomson, Photographer, Mount Savage, Md., 13.4 x 20.5 cm. mounted; 11.2 x 19.7 cm. image, see photograph for identification of group.

Photograph Album
1. Family photograph album, 24 prints, includes the Long family, the Lamar family, the Deekens family, and General Lee, ca. 1860-1865, 15.4 x 13.6 cm. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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