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BNHP Collection Overview

Collection Title: Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project (BNHP)

Inclusive Dates: 1978-1981

Size: 57 linear feet

Scope and Contents:
234 oral history interviews and photographic material originally collected for exhibition. 

Historical Note:  
From 1978 through 1981, the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project (BNHP) recorded and collected oral histories from longtime residents of seven Baltimore neighborhoods--Highlandtown, Hampden, Park Heights, Little Italy, South Baltimore, Old West Baltimore, and East Baltimore--and with workers in and around the Port of Baltimore. These oral histories attempted to uncover information about select aspects of neighborhood life and the experience of neighborhood residents from the perspective of the residents themselves. Topics include: im/migration and adjustment to life in Baltimore, residential patterns, neighborhood institutions, work experiences, family and social life, housing conditions, the impact of local and national events on the neighborhood, and perceived changes in the neighborhood over time.

In 1986, Oral Historian Linda Shopes critiqued the project in an essay, Oral History and Community Involvement: The Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project for the Anthology Presenting the Past. This is the best available critical analysis of the project as a whole.

Custodial History:  
This collection was originally part of the Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center (BRISC) at the University of Baltimore.

Original analog cassette tapes are not available for listening due to preservation concerns. Researchers may instead request to use digital audio listening copies of interviews.