Harry E. Elgert Collection - PP150

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

1901-ca. 1925

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, January 2000



Harry Edward Elgert (1880-1965) was a Baltimore businessman who was active with the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce, serving as president of that organization in 1954-1955. Born and educated in Baltimore, he began working with J. A. Manger and Company in 1898, commission merchants dealing in grain, hay, and seed, remaining with the firm until retirement in 1964. 

In 1901 Elgert married Sophia Elizabeth Krumrein (d. 1947) in Baltimore and the couple had four daughters: Maurine E. (b. 1903), Thelma Augusta (b. 1904), Ruth Helen (b. 1906), and Irma Elizabeth (1911-1966). The family lived on Arabia Avenue in northeast Baltimore, where Harry Elgert was active with the Beverly Hills Improvement Association from 1924-1946. Maurine married Foster E. Klingaman in 1925. Ruth married Oense Straatsma in 1929. Irma married Worthington E. Hubbard in 1935. 

Collection Origin

Gift of Shirley S. Howard, 1991 (003576). 

Scope and Contents

The collection consists consists of one box with five photographic prints made between 1901 and ca. 1925. All photographs depict members of the family of Harry and Sophia Elgert of Baltimore. Several of the photographs are matte collodian prints, toned with platinum. 

Note: The collections includes five folders of printed ephemera relating to Baltimore organizations such as the Beverly Hills Improvement Association and the Chamber of Commerce. There are several oyster roast menus and advertisements for Baltimore businesses. 


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Container List

1 Box

PP150.1 - Sophia Krumrein Elgert, 1901. Matte collodian print, toned with platinum.

PP150.2 - Harry E. Elgert, ca. 1903. Matte collodian print, toned with platinum. 

PP150.3 - Group portrait, 1910. Sophia Krumrein Elgert, Maurine Elgert, Maurine Klingaman Dantzic, Ruth Elgert Straatsma, Thelma Elgert. 

PP150.4 - Group portrait, subjects in bathing suits, ca. 1920. Maurine Elgert, Maurine Klingaman Dantzic, Ruth Elgert Straatsma, Thelma Elgert, and Irma Elgert.

PP150.5 - Harry E. Elgert, ca. 1925.