Walter Kramer photograph collection
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Walter Kramer photograph collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Kramer, Walter F., approximately 1878-approximately 1922.
Title: Walter Kramer photograph collection
Dates: circa 1890-1930
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Identification: MS 1378

Biographical/Historical Note

Very little is known about Walter F. Kramer. He is listed in Savannah city directories from 1890 through 1930. He is listed as a clerk or bookkeeper at various companies over the years, but never as a professional photographer. In 1907, Kramer's wife was Eleanor (Nellie) Folliard, the daughter of May and William Folliard; he is noted as a widower and living with his mother-in-law (also widowed) in the 1920 census. Walter F. Kramer, Jr. is listed in 1915.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photographs and scanned images of certain categories, such as agriculture, buildings, people, street views, and transportation. Numerous images depict views of Savannah such as the Hermitage Plantation, the Independent Presbyterian Church, and commercial buildings on Broughton Street.

The collection was originally given to the Historic Savannah Foundation by Walter F. Kramer, possibly the son of the man to whom these images are attributed. Historic Savannah Foundation in turn donated them to the Georgia Historical Society. However, it is uncertain who the photographer was. The photographs have also been attributed to William E. Wilson.

Index Terms

Kramer, Walter F., approximately 1878-approximately 1922.
Plantations--Georgia--Chatham County.
Savannah (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired by the Historic Savannah Foundation from the collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Walter Kramer photograph collection, MS 1378, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Historic Savannah Foundation, 1974.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Glass negatives are restricted from patron use.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Agriculture. Plantations. Hermitage
Includes photographs and images of the grounds, the main house, and the slave quarters.
2Buildings. Churches
Includes photographs and images of Independent Presbyterian Church, St. John's Episcopal church, First Baptist Church (all of Savannah, Ga.).
3Buildings. Churches. Savannah, Ga.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, includes views after the fire in 1898.
4Buildings. Federal. Savannah, Ga.
The Federal Building located on Bull Street.
5Buildings. Orphanages
A photograph of an orphanage in Chatham County, Georgia: Bethesda Home for Boys.
6Geographical locations. Cemeteries
Includes images of Bonaventure Cemetery and Laurel Grove Cemetery (view of the grounds) in Savannah, Ga.
7Geographical locations. Parks
This includes views of Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga., photographs and images of the park, the fountain, and the extension.
8Geographical locations. Public squares
These are views of public parks in Savannah, Ga. Includes Telfair Square, Chippewa Square, Madison Square (includes Jasper Monument).
9Geographical locations. Unidentified landscapes
These views include pictures and images of wooded areas.
10Monuments and memorials
This is a photograph of the Green Monument in Johnson Square in Savannah, Ga.
Includes unidentified African American children; a group of men and boys at a beach; a man and a woman; a manuscript for a W.M. Foy.
12Street views
West Broad Street (commercial view of Union Station); Broughton Street (commercial views of Meinhardt, Appel, and Schaul Store on the southwest corner of Broughton St. circa 1902 and an image of the B.H. Levy Bro. Store); Bull Street (image of the Chatham County Court House); Oglethorpe Avenue (residential); State Street and Barnard (Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Building).
13-14Street views
Unidentified residential, commercial, and street scenes in Savannah, Ga.
15Transportation. Railroads
Includes photograph of a streetcar.
16Transportation. Ships
Includes shipping activity in Savannah, Ga. (dock and river front, etc.).


1A-1CGlass negatives