The Baltimore Regional Studies Archives collects, preserves, and provides equal access to collections related to the making of modern Baltimore, particularly through the records of 20th century philanthropic, civic, nonprofit, and quasi-governmental institutions, as well as local individuals.
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 community organizing, particularly related to the issues of education, housing, and highway construction. Areas of collection development include civil rights; women’s liberation; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; labor organizing movements; and documentation on a greater number of Baltimore City neighborhoods. Please see our collections development policy for more information.