Keyser-Wyman family papers
- Keyser, William, 1835-1904 (Person)
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This collection is not fully processed and therefore has not been fully prepared for research use. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The literary rights to these papers were not donated.
12.97 Cubic Feet (6 record center cartons, 1 letter size document box, 7 legal size document boxes, 5 flat boxes (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches), 1 flat box (12.5 x 9 x 3 inches))
Historical note on the Keyser-Wyman families and Johns Hopkins University
On June 14, 1888, Brent married Ellen Carr McHenry, a descendant of Col. James McHenry. They had three children: Juliana Brent Keyser, later Mrs. Gaylord Lee Clark, Ellen Keyser, who married the diplomat, James Bruce, and William McHenry Keyser.
Throughout his life, R. Brent Keyser was active in many local Baltimore organizations. He served on the boards of the B&O, Municipal Art Society, Mercantile Bank and Trust, National Union Bank, McDonogh School, Baltimore Board of Trade, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Hospital Relief Association. He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University from 1904-1927. R. Brent Keyser, like his father, devoted much time and energy to promoting Hopkins. He participated in the planning and development of, and the fundraising for, the campus at Homewood.
R. Brent Keyser died on March 1, 1927. He was survived by his wife and their two daughters.
Scope and Contents
The papers reflect the lives and interests of three generations of Keysers and highlight three family members in particular: William Keyser, his son, R. Brent Keyser, and R. Brent's daughter, Juliana Keyser Clark. The event which unifies the creators is the development of the Homewood site for Johns Hopkins University. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and chapters in William Keyser's unpublished memoirs highlight the family's relationship with the University.
The collected papers also provide a look into the lives of prominent Baltimoreans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. R. Brent Keyser's diaries and his father's memoirs are a particularly rich source, as are both men's family correspondence. Both William Keyser and his son were active in the industrial development of Baltimore. Papers (1870-1925) of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Baltimore Copper and Smelting Company, and the Baltimore Electric Refining Company, although incomplete, offer a glimpse of the concerns of Baltimore industrialists.
Finally, the papers include a collection of family photographs, primarily of R. Brent Keyser and his family. The photos are both studio portraits and candid shots.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
For most of the material, it was immediately apparent which member of the Keyser family had been the creator. However, since the interest in Keyser-Wyman family history began with William Keyser, and continued with R. Brent Keyser and Juliana Keyser Clark, it was difficult to assign some of the papers to a single creator. This was especially true of genealogical research notes, newspaper clippings, and the small amount of early-to-mid-nineteenth century correspondence created by various relatives. For this reason, therefore, the material was grouped into a series of family research papers.
- Baltimore (Md.). Burnt District Commission
- Baltimore (Md.). Sewerage Commission
- Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
- Brent family (Baltimore, Md.)
- Clark, Juliana Brent Keyser, 1891-1975
- Copper industry and trade
- Goodnow, Frank J., 1859-1939
- Goodrich, Michael T.
- Hager family (Baltimore, Md.)
- Howard Family
- Iron industry and trade
- Johns Hopkins University
- Keyser Family
- Keyser, Mary Brent
- Keyser, R. Brent, 1859-1927
- Keyser, Samuel, 1835-1906
- Manners and customs
- McHenry family (Baltimore, Md.)
- Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
- Thompson family (Baltimore, Md.)
- Universities and colleges
- Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name)
- Wyman Family
- Wyman, Samuel, 1809-1883
- Wyman, William, 1825-1903
- letters (correspondence)
- maps (documents)
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