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Otto Stude manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 3111


This collection contains correspondence and ephemera from the Stude family members, including German language correspondence and ephemera during the World Wars, business papers for the Otto Stude Grain Company in Baltimore, military records, postcards and scrapbooks.


  • 1863 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical

The Stude family resided at 18 N. Beaumont Avenue in Catonsville, Maryland. Otto Stude owned and operated Otto Stude & Co. Grain in Baltimore. He and his wife Johanna M. Stude had six known children: Irmgard Stude Benson (later of Penn Yan, New York), Johanna Stude Seidel (Towson, MD), Else Stude Sebald (Riderwood, MD), Dorothy Stude Holmes (Catonsville, MD), William G. Stude (Baltimore, MD), Lt. Col. Helmuth Frederick Stude (Baltimore, MD), and Otto C. Stude (Catonsville, MD). Otto died on December 18, 1956, at the age of 91, and is buried at Loudon Park Cemetery.

Lt. Col. Helmuth F. Stude served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and retired in 1960. He later became an accountant with Charles J. Froelich, Jr. He was married to Dorothy C. Gundelach Stude, who was originally from St. Louis, in 1948, and the couple moved to Baltimore in 1957. Dorothy was a volunteer with the Keswick Home, and died June 7, 1981, at the age of 71. Helmuth died of a heart attack on February 4, 1984, at the age of 72.

Otto Carl Stude was born in 1909 and died on May 3, 2009. He attended Catonsville High School (graduating in 1925) and St. John’s College. He worked at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at Sparrow’s Point until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving in the Pacific. After his return from the war, he was employed at the Social Security Administration, and continued to live at his family’s home in Catonsville. He is buried in Loudon Park Cemetery.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized by subject and date.

Scope and Contents

The collection gives insight into the lives of German immigrants in the early 1900’s, the grain business in Baltimore, WWII military training and life insurance policies, women and advertising in Baltimore, and mid-twentieth century household expenses and buying tendencies.

Guide to the Otto Stude manuscript collection
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Rachel Crone
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-03: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States