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Sophia Bolgiano papers

 Collection 0507-MDHC

Sophia Bolgiano lived in Baltimore and died sometime after 1925. The Sophia Bolgiano papers span the years 1921 to 1925 with the bulk of the material dated 1925. The collection contains tax levy receipts and correspondence from Louis P. Bolgiano concerning his mother Sophia's real estate investments.


  • 1921-1925
  • Majority of material found in 1925

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29 Items (1 legal half size Hollinger box)

Biographical / Historical

Sophia (or Sophie) Lang Hennighausen Bolgiano (1866-1926) was born in the District of Columbia, but by the time she was four, in 1870, her family was living in Baltimore's 3rd ward, the neighborhood of Washington Hill. In 1886, Sophia married to John Bolgiano (1865-?), who was born in Baltimore. He was the son of Joseph Ault Bolgiano (1836-1913) and Mary Elizabeth Walton (1838-1893). Sometime before 1900, they divorced. She appears in the 1910 Maryland census as a 43 year-old widow living in the 9th ward of Baltimore, with her parents, Louis P. Hennighausen (1840-1918) and Louisa (or Louise Marie) Hennighausen (1845-1918), as well as her brother, Julius Hennighausen (1878-1910), and her three children: Charlotte Hanna (1887-1912), Ralph (1888-1964), and Louis Paul (1890-1960).

Sophia's father, Louis P. Henninghausen, was born in Germany. He was a prominent member of Baltimore's German community, serving as an officer of German organizations in Baltimore, and writing several books, including, History of the German Society of Maryland, and Reminiscences of the political life of the German-Americans in Baltimore during the years 1850-1860. He was "one of Baltimore's leading lawyers" before retiring to Towson, Maryland. He served as the attorney for the German consul in Baltimore and legal counsel to the German Society.

Sophia Bolgiano's son, Louis P. Bolgiano (1890-1960), was an attorney in Baltimore and married Amanda S. Rice (1894-1976). Their children are listed in the 1940 census as Louis Bolgiano (b. 1923) and Duane Bolgiano (b. 1933). Ralph married Edith A. Bolgiano (1895-1986) and had two children, Charlotte (b. 1920) and Ralph (b. 1922-2002). Both Ralph and Edith were elected as active members of the Maryland Historical Society in May 1927.

Sophia invested in real estate, stocks, and mortgages. These assets were managed by her son, Louis, at least from 1922 to 1925.

Sophia, her parents, her brother, her children, and their spouses are all buried in Prospect Hill Park Cemetery in Towson, Maryland.


The collection is organized into three series.

Series 1
Tax Records
Series 2
Series 3
Rental Statements

Custodial History

Materials were previously a part of the Maryland Manuscripts Collection (MDMS # 257-285), Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries. The materials were originally received by the Libraries from an unknown source at an unknown time.


The following sources were used to write the biographical note for this collection.

Processing Information

The collection materials were placed in three acid-free folders and contained in one legal size acid-free document box.

Guide to the Sophia Bolgiano papers
Processed by unknown person in November 2006 and by Maya Riser-Kositsky in February 2016.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742