Mahrenholz Baltimore-German Theater Collection - PP129

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

ca. 1938-1939

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 Deutscher Ring (German Circle) was an organization of German-American clubs in Baltimore. Housed at Lehmann Hall in the 800 block North Howard St., it included the Junger Maennerchor (Young Men’s Choir) and the Deutscher Theater-Verein (German Dramatic Club). The organization’s president in the late 1930s was Karl Thau. The group’s quarters moved in 1938 to Deutsches Haus, formerly the Bryn Mawr School at Cathedral and Preston Sts., which was established at that time as headquarters for many Germanic societies.

Johanna (Hannchen) M. Mahrenholz emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1913. Her husband was Otto Mahrenholz, who worked as a commercial artist and lithographer. Both were involved in theatrical productions of the Deutcher Theater-Verein.

Collection Origin

Gift of Mrs. Johanna Mahrenholz, 1985 (001465).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 1 folder containing 5 photoprints, most made by professional photographer Eduard Althausen in ca. 1938-1939. The images are group portraits of theatrical groups at the Deutscher Theater-Verein (ca. 1938), a silver wedding anniversary party of Hannchen and Otto Mahrenholz (1938) and a New Year’s party (1938-1939) at the Deutsches Haus.

Note: The collection also includes 1 folder containing 14 items of printed ephemera, which are concert and theater programs from 1928-1938; and 1 folder of photocopies of a scrapbook made by Johanna Mahrenholz, including clippings and poems which she wrote.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 1 Folder

Box 1, Folder 1
PP129.1 – Cast of 3-act operetta, "Der Winzerliesel", ca. 1938. Includes (spelling may be incorrect): Adele Pielke, Karl Hefermann, Emma Schilling, Liesbeth Pohl, Hannchen Mahrenholz, Alex Jaschnegg, Martha Frese, Karl Thau, Adolf Frese, Robert Schmidt, Theodore Miller, Gertrud Kratzmeier, Margarete Rieger, John Arloff, Georg Ventz, Dicky Smith.

PP129.2 – Actors of "Meine Tante-Deine Tante" (at cast party ?), ca. 1938. Includes (spelling may be incorrect): Emma Schilling, Otto Leonard, Hans Schaufuss, Karl Klein, Otto Mahrenholz, Frieda Stephen, Rudy Kratzmeier, Martha Frese, Hannchen Mahrenholz, Orven (?) Kemp.

PP129.3 – Actors of "Hurra, Ein Junge" (at cast party ?), ca. 1938. Includes (spelling may be incorrect): Rudy Kratzmeier, Adolf Frese, Alex Jaschnegg, Anna Hefermann, Emma Schilling, Liesbeth Gath, Karl Thau, Hannchen Marhenholz, __ Lampka, Paul Eberle, Otto Leonhard.

PP129.4 – Silver wedding anniversary party of Hannchen and Otto Mahrenholz, ca. 1938.

PP129.5 – New Year’s party at Deutsches Haus, 1938-1939. Includes (spelling may be incorrect): Alfred Sch__s, Harry and Margarete Rieger, Paul Elberly, Paul Steiner, Henry Schaufuss, Mrs. Liebel, Vienie Stein, Hannchen Mahrenholz, Mia Schaufuss. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Internet Management - WEBNETT