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Frank R. Shivers Research Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0045-FRS

Scope and Contents

The Frank R. Shivers Research Papers contains research materials used by Shivers when writing books on Baltimore history and architecture between 1977 and 2002.

Dates

  • 1977-2002

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Frank R. Shivers, Jr. (1925-2021), was born in New Jersey. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and was sent to Yale University to study Japanese under an Army Specialized Training Program. After the war during Allied Occupation of Japan, Shivers served in the Counter Intelligence Corps. Shivers returned to his studies at Yale University after his service in the Army and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in English. He met his wife, Lottchen, in Cincinnati and the couple moved to Baltimore in 1951. By 1955, they had settled in the Bolton Hill neighborhood, where they stayed throughout their lives. In 1954, Shivers began working as the chair of the English Department at Friends school. He taught there until his retirement in 1980. He continued to teach until 1999 as an adjunct professor at Towson University, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and at Johns Hopkins University in its School of Professional Studies, Business and Education.

As a local historian and author, Shivers wrote four books and co-authored two additional books. Among his published works are: "Bolton Hill: Baltimore Classic," "Maryland Wits and Baltimore Bards," "Bolton Hill: Classic Baltimore Neighborhood: Blue Plaque Edition," "Walking in Baltimore", and "The Architecture of Baltimore" (co-authored with Mary Ellen Hayward). He was also active in local history organizations as a board member of Baltimore Heritage, the Peale Museum, the Flag House and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.

Shivers was also a community activist who was a member of the Mount Royal Improvement Association and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association. He was also dedicated to the beautification of his neighborhood, Bolton Hill, and worked with neighbors on projects such as the Blue Plaques program, and planting gardens in the community. He passed away in 2021.

[Information for this Biographical note was gathered from the obituary, "Frank R. Shivers Jr., longtime Bolton Hill educator, writer and regional historian, dies" By Frederick N. Rasmussen in the Baltimore Sun, published, October 10, 2021].

Extent

13.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Frank R. Shivers, Jr. on September 3, 1996. An additional accrual was donated by Natalie Shivers on September 27, 2022 and transferred to the University on September 29, 2022.

Related Materials

Related materials at UBalt Special Collections and Archives include:

  • the Mary Ellen Hayward Papers
  • the Mount Royal Improvement Association Records
  • the Citizens Planning and Housing Association Records
  • the Baltimore Heritage Records
  • the Edgar Allan Poe Society Records

Processing Information

This collection is scheduled to be processed in fall/winter 2022.

Title
Finding aid for the Frank R. Shivers Research Papers
Author
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011, 2022). Revised by Laura Bell (2022).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
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Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA
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