The Baltimore Regional Studies Archives collects, preserves, and provides equal access to collections related to the making of modern Baltimore, particularly through the personal papers and records of 20th century local individuals and philanthropic, civic, nonprofit, and quasi-governmental institutions.
To complete this mission the archives staff will:
- Select, appraise, arrange and describe, preserve, and make accessible records of enduring historical value
- Provide information services to support researchers, students and faculty, the public, and all other archives users
- Support research and teaching by encouraging use of the collection by the University community and the public
- Promote knowledge and understanding of Baltimore’s history, organizations, people, and events of the 20th century
- Offer research consultations to all archival users
Collection strengths in the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives include urban planning and architecture; economic development; neighborhood oral histories; community association records; local television history; Baltimore area nonprofits and grassroots organizing particularly related to the issues of education, housing, and highway construction; and personal papers reflecting the activities of individuals in Baltimore. Areas of collection development Special Collections and Archives is actively seeking to pursue include the civil rights; women’s liberation; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; labor organizing movements; and fuller more representative documentation of Baltimore City neighborhoods.
Please see our Collections Development Policy for more information.
Accessions and Deaccessions
Donations of rare or unique material of enduring historical value are accepted by Special Collections and Archives based on its Mission and Collection Development Policy. Within this framework, potential donations are appraised for the value of their administrative, legal, fiscal, evidential, or historical information. Please see our Acquisitions Policy for more information.