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Kramer family papers

Kramer family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Kramer family papers
Creator: Kramer, Lorr Lawrence Washington
Inclusive Dates: 1919-2005
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet
Collection Number: ms4053
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Leon "Lee" Kramer, originally from Cairo, Egypt, founded High Fidelity SSS in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the first store in the Southeast specializing in home audio-video. His wife, Charlotte Baker Kramer, ran the Atlanta Zen Center for 30 years. Charlotte was the daughter of Fred Baker, a World War I veteran and employee of the Works Progress Administration. Lee and Charlotte Kramer had two children, Lorr and Mya Kramer.

Scope and Content

Consists of materials mostly from the 1960s through the 1990s pertaining to the Kramer family from Atlanta, Georgia. Contains documents, correspondence, and photographs related to the history of the Atlanta Zen Center. Includes correspondence from Lorr Kramer's travels around the world in the 1970s. Also includes some of the writings of the Kramer family, as well as genealogy research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kramer family papers, ms4053, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Baker, Fred Morrell, 1899-1984
Families -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Family papers.
Kramer, Charlotte Baker, 1926-2015
Kramer, Lee, 1917-2004
Kramer, Mya

Related Collections in this Repository

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing



11-7Lorr Kramer correspondence, 1962-2001
16-7Mya Kramer correspondence, 1978, 2001
18Charlotte Baker Kramer - Atlanta Zen Group correspondence, 1973-1993
19Lee and Charlotte Baker Kramer correspondence, 1954-1976, 1989, 2000
19Fred and Lottie Baker correspondence, 1919, 1957-1972
110Fred Baker - National Association of Federal-State Employees correspondence


111Washington Line, Undated
111Taber family record, 1975
111Darby family record, 1970
3Du Bose-Wragg family tree
3Lamar genealogy scrapbook


112"Finding Warmth in the Setting Sun" by Charlotte Kramer, 1991 December
112Poems by Charlotte Baker Kramer, 1991-1992
112Poems by Lee Kramer, 1988-1991
112"Story" by Charlotte Baker Kramer, Undated
112Notebook of Mya Kramer

Zen Center

3Zen: A Personal story - Atlanta Zen Center scrapbook
113Guidelines for the Zen Center, 1974

Legal documents

113Contract for sale of realty from Wilson-Baker to A.I. Chambers and ABC Wrecking Company - Fulton County, Georgia, 1962 November 16
113Lease from Wilson-Baker to E. Frank Williams - Fulton County, Georgia, 1960 June 3
113Quit-claim deed between Fred M. Baker and West End Investment Company - Fulton County, Georgia, 1969 April 7
113Sales contract from R.E. Carraway to Fred M. Baker and Warren R. Wilson, 1960 May 5

Photographs and Slides

114Atlanta Zen Center slides, 1974-1983
114Baker/Kramer family Christmas at the Chattahoochie River slides, 1981
114Baker/Kramer family Christmas slides, 1983
114Charlotte Kramer, Raoul and Pierette Rossi in Atlanta after hurricane - slides, 1995
114Fort Mott cemetery slides, 1984
114Fred Baker and Mya Kramer slides, 1982
114Kramer family at Disneyland slides, 1977
114Lang Syne family home slides, 1980
114Lottie Baker's funeral at Fort Mott, South Carolina slides, 1980
115Charlotte Baker Kramer photographs, 1927-Undated
116Kramer home after fire - photographs
116Unidentified photographs
117Identified people
117Atlanta Zen Center photographs, 1997
117Vesak holiday, 1994 & 1997
118Proof sheets, Undated
3Pamela Baker and Lorr Kramer, Undated
3Fred and Lottie Baker photograph album

Newspaper Clippings



113Fred Baker's Masters tournament badges, 1967-1980
113"The Magnificient Private Cellar of Lee Kramer" by New York Wines Christie's, 2005 October 1
117Comitia Americana medal - George Washington
3Lorr L.W. Kramer's valedictorian and star student medals from the Lovett School, 1969