King Collection - PP61

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

KING COLLECTION
1907-1930
PP61


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, August 1999


History

Dr. John T. King, Jr. (1890-1979) was a Baltimore internist, educator, and author who lived in Bolton Hill at the end of his life. Son of Dr. John T. and Mary Bowen Gees King, and grandson of Benjamin G. Gees, he lived at 640 N. Carrollton Ave. as a child. He attended Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore, graduated from Princeton University (1910) and Johns Hopkins Medical School (1914), and was an intern and resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1914-1916. In 1916 he married Charlotte Markell Baker, member of a prominent family from Frederick, Md. Dr. King served in both World Wars, as a first lieutenant in WWI, and as a colonel and chief of medical service at Walter Reed General Hospital during WWII.

Charlotte Baker King (1891-1981), who graduated from Hood College in 1919, was the daughter of Virginia Markell (b. Baltimore) and Joseph Dill Baker (b. 1854 at Buckeystown, Md.), a Frederick industrialist, financier and philanthropist.


Collection Origin

Gift of Elizabeth P. King, 1981 (76260).


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 photoprint, a copy of a 19th century portrait of Benjamin Gees, and 2 albums, containing 145 and 218 photoprints, respectively.

One album ca. 1907 contains 145 photoprints and 1 film negative showing children and teenagers, mostly girls, and young adults. The children may be students at the Miss Porter’s School at Farmington, Conn. These photographs include many outdoor recreation scenes, including ice-skating, tennis, and water sports. There are many informal group portraits which are undated and unidentified, and a group class photograph with some people identified. Included are clear images of buildings in an unidentified town, an unidentified harbor or river, a library, and theatrical productions.

The other album dates to ca. 1907-1913, and contains 218 photoprints depicting the family and friends of J.T. King, Jr., showing young adults engaged in leisure activities, especially boating, camping in Maryland and in the Shenandoah Valley (Va.), with a few pictures of people in Baltimore and the 1913 Wilson inauguration in Washington D.C. People depicted include family and school friends, as well as people residing in the areas visited by King: the Henry family of Limeton, a Capt.Yancy and his family, and the Kaufmann family of Mauk’s Mill in the Shenandoah Valley.

Note: Related materials are found in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society: MS. 2538, the John T. King, Jr. Papers; and MS. 2701, the King Family Papers (1811-1910); and in the Library of Maryland History Oral History Collection: OH 8052, John J. King, Jr.

Note: The 1907 album includes a group of newspaper clippings and ephemera dealing with a 1934 dinner honoring Joseph Dill Baker held in Frederick, Md.; the ca. 1907-1913 album contains xerox papers of obituaries of Dr. J.T. King, Jr. and a bibliography of Dr. King’s scholarly publications, 1912-1964.


Arrangement

The photoprints remain in the albums, and there is one loose photograph.


Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 1 Photograph and 2 Albums.

1 photoprint, in mat/folder. Copy of 19th century photographic portrait of Benjamin G. Gees.

Album
28 x 23 cm. with "Amateur Photographs" stamped on front cover, contains 145 photoprints, ca. 1907.

Shows children and teenagers, mostly girls, and young adults. The girls may be students at the Miss Porter’s School at Farmington, Conn. Images include outdoor recreation scenes, especially ice-skating, tennis, boating and swimming. There are images of buildings in an unidentified town, an unidentified harbor, a library, and theatrical productions. There are many informal group portraits which are undated and unidentified, and one group class portrait with some of the people identified on the adjoining page.

Album
30 x 25 cm., contains 218 photoprints, ca. 1907-1913.

Subjects are the family and friends of John T. King, Jr., primarily young adults boating and camping. Locations include Blakemore, Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley and River and the Natural Bridge, Bull’s Falls, Charlestown, Luray and Luray Dam, Riverton, Brumback’s Bloomery, Yancy’s (estate/farm?), Elkton Bridge, Mt. Crawford, McGaheysville, Washington D.C. during the 1913 inauguration of Wilson, Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park

People identified include Jack King (John T. Jr.?) and King sisters Chase, Anne(?) and Hester, Dr. and Mrs. McCarty, Capt. Yancy and family, Hull family, Jack and Amelia B., Fess, Chase, Eloise and Marion, Claude, Sam, Mait, Dick, Charlie Carver, Harold, Henry (family? of Limeton), Brumback (couple?), Kaufmann family of Mauk’s Mill in the Shenandoah Valley. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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