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Kate Barnett friendship album

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0940

Content Description

This collection consists of a friendship album belonging to Catherine "Kate" Barnett of Boonsboro, Maryland, which was gifted to her by her cousin T. Newton Kurtz, a Baltimore bookseller, stationer, and publisher whose commercial embossed blind stamp appears on the front endpaper above his December 1851 inscription. The album was published in New York by J. C. Riker, and features an engraved frontispiece and eight engraved plates, alongside blank pages which are partially filled with poetic inscriptions from Kate's family and friends. Named family members include her sister Matilda Barnett, brother Otho M. Barnett (signed with initials O. M. B.), and cousins Mollie Kate Miller, L. M. M., and O. E. S.


  • Creation: 1851-1856

Conditions Governing Access

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

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.

Biographical / Historical

Catherine "Kate" Barnett of Boonsboro, MD was the daughter of Jacob Barnett (1781-1850) and Elizabeth Miller (1787-1851). According to Kate's uncle Daniel Miller's family bible, she was born on November 13, 1830. She had six known siblings, among them Otho (1815-1873) and Matilda (1824-1894).

Kate's cousin Theophilus Newton Kurtz (1822-1881) was the son of Reverend Benjamin Kurtz. His mother was Jacob Barnett's sister Ann Barnett. T. Newton Kurtz was a bookseller, stationer, and publisher in Baltimore at 151 Pratt St.


1. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed February 14, 2024), memorial page for Theophilus Newton Kurtz (1822–1881), Find a Grave Memorial ID 219443760, citing Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA; Maintained by Stephen Lee Krou (contributor 47690059).

2. Martin, Judy J. "Daniel Miller, son of Conrad and Hannah Miller" January 17, 2023.

3. The National Archives in Washington D.C.; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census; Record Group Number: 29; Series Number: M432; Residence Date: 1850; Home in 1850: Boonsboro, Washington, Maryland; Roll: 298; Page: 185b


0.09 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (11 x 9 x 1.5 inches))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of a friendship album belonging to Catherine "Kate" Barnett of Boonsboro, Maryland. It contains engraved plates and poetic inscriptions from family and friends.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ian Brabner in February 2023.

Processing Information

Processed in February 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the Kate Barnett friendship album
Jenelle Clark
February 2024
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Repository Details

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