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Southeast Community Organization Records

 Collection — Box: 5
Identifier: R0110-SECO

Scope and Contents

The Southeast Community Organization Records collection documents the history and advocacy work of the community organization in Baltimore City between 1972 and 1996. Materials are mainly textual and include the organization's articles of incorporation, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, annual reports, financial records, newsletters, personnel files and publications. A notable subject is the interstate highway construction plans proposed to be built through Baltimore City in the 1960s and 1970s, also known as the "road fight."


  • 1972-1996


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of this collection to the University Foundation. However, copyright for some items in this collection are held by their respective creators.

Historical Note

The Southeast Community Organization (SECO) was founded in the early 1970s during the political struggle over the proposed interstate highway construction through Baltimore City often referred to as the "road fight." SECO was an umbrella community organization that represented the interests of residents in Fells Point, Canton, Highlandtown, and other southeast communities that were impacted by the proposed highway construction. The organization disbanded in 2008.


5.42 Linear Feet (5 containers)


Collection is arranged in 10 series:

  • Organizational Records and History
  • SECO Congress
  • SECO Senate
  • Executive Committee
  • Annual Meeting, 1976-1992
  • Publications
  • Financial Records
  • Staff and Personnel
  • Community Issues
  • Photographs

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by SECO President, Marie Francfort, on February 17, 1995.

Related Materials

Related materials at UBalt Special Collections and Archives include the Southeast Development, Inc. Records.

Finding aid for the Southeast Community Organization Records
Finding aid created by archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (April 2020).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA