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Baltimore Council for Equal Business Opportunity Records

Identifier: R0023-CEBO

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Scope and Contents

This collection documents the work and history of the Council for Equal Business Opportunity (CEBO), an organization that provided free programs to assist minority-owned and small businesses in Baltimore, Maryland. The records in the collection span between 1968 and 2003. Materials are mainly textual and include organizational records, meeting minutes, by-laws, correspondence, financial records, project files including case presentations, Loan Review Committee minutes, and the Marc and Irv Blum Records created between 1973 and 2003.


  • 1968-2003

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 Council for Equal Business Opportunity (CEBO) started in Baltimore, Maryland in 1967. Initially funded by the Ford Foundation, the organization's goal was to facilitate minority economic development through providing loans and financial advice. Samuel T. Daniels was the executive director from 1967-1989. In the 1990s, under executive director, Michael A. Gaines, Sr., CEBO was funded by the City of Baltimore, through federal funds, and grants. The Council expanded it's services to all small businesses in Baltimore and offered various free programs to asist, advise, and provide loans to existing small businesses and to help individuals beginning new businesses.

[Information for this biographical note was gathered from previous collection descriptions and from Baltimore Sun articles dated February 1990 and December 1990.]


3.71 Linear Feet (8 containers)


Collection is arranged in seven series:

  • Organizational Records
  • Directors
  • Financial Records
  • Correspondence
  • Projects
  • Loan Review Committee
  • Marc and Irv Blum Records, 1973-2003

Custodial History

The source of the original acquisition is unknown. An additional accession of 2.0 linear feet of records was donated on June 29, 2017 by Marc P. Blum.

Finding aid for the Baltimore Council for Equal Business Opportunity Records
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (May 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