Finding Aid to the Albert Zimmerman Manuscript Collection, MS 3171

Finding Aid to the Albert Zimmerman Manuscript Collection, ca. 1912-1920, MS 3171

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Albert Zimmerman Manuscript Collection

Creator

Zimmerman, Albert

Call number

MS 3171

Inclusive dates

Ca. 1912-1920

Bulk dates

1919-1920

Extent

1 box, 9 folders

Abstract

Contains papers related to Albert Zimmerman’s travels around the world to see the sights and investigate trade possibilities in the hardware manufacturing industry. This includes a travel diary and letters sent to his family in Baltimore, Maryland.

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Joanne A. Rathman, October 30, 2014

Accession number

2014-032-LIB

Processing note

Finding aid created by Lara Westwood, March, 2015

 

Biographical Note

Albert Zimmerman was born in Baltimore, Maryland in January, 1884 to German immigrant parents, Charles and Caroline Zimmerman. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1898 and began to work in the hardware industry. He and his brother, Charles, opened Charles Zimmerman & Sons, a paint and hardware store, at 1712-1714 Greenmount Avenue. Zimmerman became very involved in the industry. He worked with hardware sellers around the city to prevent price wars and was elected secretary of the Baltimore Retail Hardware Dealers’ Association. He eventually left Baltimore to work for Stanley Works in New Britain, Connecticut, where he worked as a sales manager. In 1918, he joined the Hardware and Metals Division of the Quartermaster Corps. While in the army, he toured the globe seeking out new business relations.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains papers related to Albert Zimmerman’s travels around the world to see the sights and investigate trade possibilities in the hardware manufacturing industry. This includes a travel diary and letters sent to his family in Baltimore, Maryland. The journal and the correspondence provide detailed descriptions of his destinations in which gives insight on the various cultures and nationalities with which he interacted. He made careful notes on the history of the countries and the places he visited. The diary in the collection was transcribed from the original in 1960.

Zimmerman began his journey in Asia and circumnavigated the globe by heading west. He had intended to begin his trip in Europe, but travel restrictions after World War I forced him to change his itinerary. He started his trip by sailing to Japan and working his way through the Asia and Middle East to Europe. He spent extended stays in Japan and Australia. He also went to India, Singapore, and Indonesia. In the latter part of Zimmerman’s trip, he visited Italy and France, but his diary does not cover much of that time.

The collection is arranged by date. The correspondence and travel diary were removed from separate albums and kept in the original order.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Newspaper clippings

Ca. 1912-1918

1

1

Travel itinerary and notes

1917-1920

1

2

Travel diary

1919-1920 (1960)

1

3

Travel diary

1919-1920 (1960)

1

4

Correspondence

March-June, 1919

1

5

Correspondence

August-November, 1919

1

6

Correspondence

January, 1920

1

7

Correspondence

March, 1920

1

8

Ephemera

No date

1

9

 

 

 

 

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