The Archivist's Bulldog

Vol. 12 No. 10, Newsletter of the Maryland State Archives, May 26, 1998



STAFF NEWS

We welcome the following new employees to the Archives: Administrator and secretary to Ed, Kathy Beard; Archival Assistant, Stephen Warner; and Conservation Archivist, Channah Levy.
Two employees returning to the Archives as Micrographic Assistants in Imaging Services are Erna Henson and Sheila Sellman.
Debbie Biron has been promoted to Business Manager II. Anglea Rauscher and Don Williams have moved from Reference Services to Appraisal and Preservation.
We recently said farewell to Shirley Bodziak, who has moved to Jacksonville, Florida; Laura Triest; Paula Brown; and Marilyn Cramer.

Archives' Interns Win Prize at Johns Hopkins: Two Archives' interns, Ann Tria and Laura Lisy, were jointly awarded the Arthur Kouguell Prize by The Johns Hopkins University History Department for their senior theses. Ann's thesis "Reconstructing Washington: The Lot of an Architect's Wife in the Federal City, 1790-1800" was about Isabella Clark, the wife of Joseph Clark, the architect of the State House dome. She did much of her research here, using original sources, as well as at the Library of Congress. Laura's thesis, called "Wir glauben all in einem Gott: Music, Spirituality, and Community in Early Modernity," was devoted to a study of hymns in the German Medieval church. Laura was an intern last summer working on the First Ladies project. She continued this work throughout the school year and is returning this summer to the intern program. The Arthur Kouguell Prize is given annually by the Department of History to the graduating senior whose overall academic performance as a history major best represents Arthur Kouguell's commitment to scholarship and humane values.



ERIC PAPENFUSE GIVES LECTURE ON ROBERT GOODLOE HARPER AT MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Last Thursday, May 21, the Maryland Historical Society hosted a lecture by Eric Papenfuse on Slavery, Race, and Revolution: Reflections on Robert Goodloe Harper's Maryland. The subject matter was drawn from Eric's recently published book, The Evils of Necessity: The Moral Dilemma of Slavery which is based upon an extensive review of the sources relating to Harper including significant amounts of new material he found in the collections of the Archives. The book, which was published by the American Philosophical Society, can be purchased here at the Archives.



DOCTOR'S BIRTH REGISTERS
by Robert Barnes

Dr. Randolph Winslow (1852-1937) lived at # 1 Mount Royal Terrace (later renumbered as # 1900) in Baltimore. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1873 and took post graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia hospitals. He received a Master of Arts degree at Haverford in 1874 and then began his long career on the faculty of the University of Maryland Medical School, occupying the position of Professor of Surgery from 1902 to 1921 when he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Surgery.

The above comments are found on the flyleaf of one of two notebooks in Special Collections (Jones Collection) [MSA SC1245]. The notebooks, covering the years 1875 to 1886 and 1890 to 1895, contain forms for registering births of children in Baltimore City. Dr. Winslow entered data on each case, including details of problems experienced by the mother during delivery. A quick check of several entries in each notebook revealed that some of the births were recorded in (Birth Records) of Baltimore City, but some were not. Since Dr. Winslow evidently delivered babies from families across the ethnic and socio-economic spectrum of Baltimore City, a transcription and analysis of these records might make for interesting reading.



VOTER REGISTRATION APPEAL PAPERS
by Robert Barnes

Baltimore City Superior Court (Voter Registration Appeal Papers) 1899-1901 [MSA C2102] contain petitions from individuals who feel that certain names should be removed from the voter registration books. One folder contains the petition of J. Fred Waltenmeyer, who stated that as of 27 September 1898 Richard J. Allen was a registered voter living at 729 Dover St. in the 5th precinct of the 1st ward of Baltimore City, and that Allen had been convicted of larceny in March 1893 and sentenced to one year in jail, at which time he was over 21 years of age. Waltenmeyer wanted an order passed to correct the voters registers, and to erase the name of Waltenmeyer. A hearing was scheduled, but the final disposition of the case was not shown.

In other cases, petitions were filed to remove voters from the books on the grounds that a) one was registered in two precincts; b) one man had not lived in the Maryland for one year prior to the time of the next election; c) the man's signature was incomplete; and d) one man had been registered in Howard County and had brought no transfer. Although these records contain insights into the lives of a limited number of people only, they should not be overlooked. Researchers may also want to check the (Voter Registration Appeal Papers) of the Baltimore City Court, 1900-1932 [MSA T566] and (Voter Registration Appeals) of the Baltimore City Court, 1911-1932 [MSA T540], Prince George's County Circuit Court, 1891 [MSA C1290], and Talbot County Circuit Court, 1903-1934 [MSA T1777 and T1983].


THE ARCHIVISTS' BULLDOG
Founded 1987

Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist
Patricia V. Melville, Editor
Mimi Calver, Assistant Editor
Lynne MacAdam, Web Editor
Rita Molter, Circulation

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