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Waterfront Coalition Records

Identifier: R0126-WC

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Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities and interests of the Waterfront Coalition between its formation in 1987 until the Coalition ceased to exist in approximately 2015. The items in this collection relate to city urban renewal plans and the growth and development of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton, Butcher's Hill, Harbor East, and other neighborhoods surrounding the Baltimore waterfront.

Materials include correspondence, reports, plans, clippings, minutes, legal briefings and documents, fundraising materials, maps and architectural drawings, photographs and negatives, and publications that reflect the activities and causes of the Waterfront Coalition.


  • 1985-2017



Materials are in English

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

The Waterfront Coalition was a grassroots umbrella organization for a number of community groups that formed in approximately 1987. Over the years the Waterfront Coalition represented the interests of more than nine homeowner and business groups, community organizations, and neighborhoods including: the Butchers Hill Association; Canton Highlandtown Community Association (CHICA); Citizens for Washington Hill; Fells Point Businesses Association; Fells Point Homeowners Association; the Owners, Renters, and Residents Association of Fells Point; Upper Fells Point Community Association; Little Italy Association; the Canton Square Association; the Canton Community Association; West Canton; Anchorage Homeowners Association; Canton Cove Condominiums; Fells Prospect; and the Preservation Society for Federal Hill and Fells Point. These community groups were concerned about proposed zoning changes of property along the waterfront from Canton to Little Italy and the possible effect of the growing development of the waterfront in the Baltimore City neighborhoods of Fells Point, Canton, Butchers Hill, and others.

Carolyn Boitnott, a Baltimore City resident, became involved with other community leaders in the formation of the Waterfront Coalition while she was the Butchers Hill Association President. She became the coordinator for the Waterfront Coalition from its creation in approximately 1987 until the group ceased to exist in approximately 2015. She led the citizens group in many of its activities over the years.

Political discussions the Coalition became involved with included the redevelopment of the American Can Company complex in Canton and the construction of the Wyndham Hotel in Inner Harbor East.


9.00 Linear Feet (9 containers)


The Waterfront Coalition was a citizens community group that formed in 1987 and monitored waterfront development in Baltimore City and its effect on Baltimore neighborhoods, communities, and businesses. It represented the interests of homeowners and businesses in Fells Point, Canton, Butchers Hill, and other neighborhoods. This collection contains materials documenting the activities and interests of the Coalition throughout the late 1980s until it dissolved in approximately 2015.


Collection is organized as an inventory that reflects the subjects and activities of the Waterfront Coalition.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Carolyn Boitnott in 2005. Further additions to the collection were transferred from Carolyn Boitnott to Special Collections and Archives in October 2018 and February 2019. Two folders were separated from the Butcher's Hill Association Records and transferred to The Waterfront Coalition Records (WC) in December 2023 by Thomas Dettling.


Items weeded from the collection include sensitive materials containing personally identifiable information.

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of items in this collection are available online. Locate records by using the "Print" button above, or browse records in “Collection Organization." Records with associated digital objects are identified with a red Digital Object icon.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Carolyn Boitnott in 2005. Additional accruals processed by Laura Bell in 2019.

Finding aid for the Waterfront Coalition Records
Finding aid created by Carolyn Boitnott (2005). Revised by Laura Bell (2019).
February 2019
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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