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Frank H. Kramer was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 13, 1886. After attending public school there, he attended the Eagan School of Business in Hoboken, New Jersey for one year before becoming a stenographer, first for the Erie Railroad, then for the Pharmaceutical Era, a drug journal.
Over the next nine years he held positions with several companies, before enrolling at Gettysburg College (then called Pennsylvania College) and graduating in 1914.He received his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in
1916 and 1920 respectively while serving as Head of the Commercial Department at West Chester High School in Pennsylvania.
He began teaching in Gettysburg College's Education Department and was appointed chairman in 1920, and later taught courses in Oriental Art, a subject in which he was considered an authority.
Scope and Content Note:
The Frank H. Kramer Collection is arranged into six Series. I. Personal Information; II.Organizations, Committees & Events; III. Education Department; IV. Oriental Art; V. Scrapbooks and VI. Miscellaneous. Of special note to researchers are the photo album of campus life in the nineteen-teens, scrapbook of commencement activities between 1939 and 1948 and correspondence from soldiers in camp during WWI.
SERIES I: PERSONAL INFORMATION: Series I includes report cards, notebooks and a sketchbook from grammar school, several incomplete diaries, scrapbooks and miscellaneous Christmas, travel and souvenir postcards. The bulk of the correspondence are letters written to Kramer by friends in the military between 1916 and 1919. A few letters from students during WWII and later are also included, as well as correspondence to, from and about Kramer before and during his teaching post (1912 - 1918 w/gaps) at West Chester High School. There are several items from his wife's family also.
SERIES II: ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES & EVENTS: Series II represents some of the organizations, committees and activities Kramer was actively involved in while a faculty member at Gettysburg College.
SERIES III: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: The bulk of material in this Series relates to Gettysburg College's Education Department Student-Teaching Program during the mid 1950s, of which Kramer was department chair from 1920 to his retirement. Other items include examinations, theses and various Educational Conference materials.
SERIES IV: ORIENTAL ART: This series contains materials related to the courses Kramer taught on Oriental Art. Included are lesson plans, class lecture notes, class rosters, appraisals/descriptions of Oriental art, exhibit/auction catalogs, photos and Japanese block prints, miscellaneous correspondence related to all aspects of the Oriental Art courses and the College's Oriental art collection, and manuscript, notes and copies of a textbook written by Kramer on the subject. Also included in this series are seven catalogs inventorying Kramer's private Oriental art collection prepared by himself between 1940 and 1957 (w/gaps) and several boxes of color slides of art in the college's Oriental art collection.
SERIES V: SCRAPBOOKS: These scrapbooks contain notes on, and detailed descriptions of the pieces of art in the college's Oriental art collection used in Kramer's courses and are arranged into various categories such as Porcelain, Snuff Bottles, Jade, etc.
SERIES VI: MICELLANEOUS: This series contains a variety of material ranging from Indian arrow heads from Chester County, PA to papers on the estate sale of Frank Kramer in 1964, to a scrapbook from the Asian Cultural Exchange Foundation (1953-1955), of which Kramer was a member.