Kummer Collection - PP82

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

Not dated (ca. 1860s)

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



Sarah Agnes Kummer (fl. 1830-1872) was a teacher and school headmistress in Baltimore. A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Miss Kummer came to Baltimore as an orphan at the age of 14, and began teaching children at the school of Rev. Henry Sargent. Soon after, she was a private tutor to the children of Augustus Albert, and accompanied the family to Europe, where she remained for eleven years. Returning to Baltimore in the middle 1860s, she established a school for young women which was located, at various times, at 139 St. Paul St. and at 64 Mt. Vernon Place. At one point, she moved her institution to Paris, where she provided instruction in French for American women. Health problems compelled her return to the Baltimore, where she died of cancer in 1872. Mrs. Johnson was a housekeeper in Miss Kummer’s school.

Collection Origin

Gift of Deborah Iddings Willson, 1983 (00219).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 2 photoprints, both of which are undated studio portraits thought to have been made during the 1860s.

Note: Two photographs from this collection were moved to Cased Photograph Collection. They are a daguerreotype of Sarah Agnes Kummer, early 1840s (no. 305), and an albumen photograph of Sarah Agnes Kummer, ca. 1860, cased within a medallion (no. 306).

Note: Related materials are found in MS. 2558, the Sarah Agnes Kummer Papers, in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society.

Note: Collection includes 3 folders of printed ephemera including concert programs, travel time tables, and a menu.


The photographs are arranged by subject.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 2 Folders

Box 1, Folder 1
Sarah Agnes Kummer, n.d. (ca. 1860). Hand-colored carte de visite portrait.

Box 1, Folder 2
Mrs. Johnson, n.d. (ca. 1865). Hand-colored carte de visite portrait. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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