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Druid Hill Permanent Building and Saving Association of Baltimore City minute and account books

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0839
This collection consists of eight volumes containing meeting minutes, membership information, and financial accounts of the Druid Hill Permanent Building and Saving Association of Baltimore City. The association was founded in 1873. Membership was generally derived from the Baltimore small merchant and working class and later included various proprietors, mostly Jewish-American, of real estate businesses.

Dates

  • 1873-1930

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection contains text in German and English.

Physical Description

The books in this collection are fairly brittle and should be handled with care. See individual file descriptions for condition concerns regarding specific items.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

2.05 Cubic Feet (8 flat box containers)

Biographical / Historical

Historical information derived from the bookseller: The Druid Hill Permanent Building and Saving Association was founded in 1873. The association was organized by a group of Baltimoreans of diverse backgrounds, a large number of whom were of German descent, both Christian and Jewish. The group included both immigrant and first-generation American citizens. Membership was eventually supplemented by numbers of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. The membership was generally derived from the Baltimore small merchant and working class and later included various proprietors, mostly Jewish-American, of real estate businesses. The organization met in various rented quarters during the first thirty years of its existence. In 1903, it purchased a permanent building located at 1108 Pennsylvania Avenue for the transaction of its business and weekly membership meetings. The most recent minutes in the present collection are dated August 1930. It is unclear if the association continued to conduct business from that date forward.

Content Description

Derived from the dealer description: This collection consists of eight volumes in assorted leather and cloth bindings containing the minute meetings, accounts, and membership information for the Druid Hill Permanent Building and Saving Association of Baltimore City. The books were primarily maintained by the organization’s two secretaries: Frederick A. Kranz (1848-1918), a merchant and David S. Kahn (1863-1933), an accountant. Until May 5, 1885, the organization’s minutes were maintained in German and afterwards in English. The weekly minutes contain a plethora of information regarding the economic status and success of the organization and its membership, its financial expansion and permanent physical move, weekly accounts of collected dues, paid dividends, and interests and loans taken from other local banks as well as loans made on properties and mortgages held. Other topics included the admission and withdrawal of named members, resolutions made and passed upon the decease of officers, and the printing of the organization’s constitution in 1890. The volumes also contain inserted ephemera including a circular dated April 4, 1903 announcing the purchase of a permanent home for the organization. The books vary in size and page length, but in general measure approximately 9 x 14 inches each.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Carmen Valentino in November 2018.

Physical Description

The books in this collection are fairly brittle and should be handled with care. See individual file descriptions for condition concerns regarding specific items.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in January 2019 by Kristen Diehl.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA