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Baltimore Voices Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: R0020-BVC

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials documenting the history and work of the Baltimore Voices Company, a theatre project connected to the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project (BNHP), between 1977 and 1982. The Baltimore Voices Company's theatrical play was performed in Baltimore in 1980. Materials in the collection include oral history audio recordings, transcripts of interviews, biographical sketches, publications, posters, correspondence, writings, musical sheets, and brochures. The collection contains digitized copies of oral histories and textual documents. The collection also includes photographs and oversized materials.

Dates

  • 1977-1982

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Digital versions of many of the oral history interviews and related documents in this collection are available online through this finding aid.

Historical Note

Formed in 1979, the Baltimore Voices Company was the Theatre Project's contribution to a larger, multi-facetted local history initiative known as the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project (BNHP). BNHP was a community history project created by the University of Baltimore and the Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center (BRISC) that was active between 1978 through 1981. It included community members and academic historians who partnered to document the local histories of several older Baltimore neighborhoods. BNHP aimed to connect neighborhood members with their local histories through materials created throughout the project. BNHP recorded and collected oral histories from over 200 longtime residents of seven Baltimore neighborhoods including Highlandtown, Hampden, Park Heights, Little Italy, South Baltimore, Old West Baltimore, and East Baltimore. The Project also conducted interviews with workers in and around the Port of Baltimore. Additionally, BNHP presented the collected oral histories, photographs, and ephemera through a traveling exhibit, a published book of oral history transcripts and collected photographs, and a theatrical play.

In order to create a theatrical production that was performed throughout Baltimore City in 1980, Baltimore Voices Company members utilized existing BNHP oral histories and conducted their own tape-recorded interviews. The BVC's interviews were focused around specific themes, including labor, education, and community organizing.

Information for this historical note was gathered from the finding aid for the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project (R0014-BNHP), UB Special Collections & Archives.

Extent

7 Linear Feet : Audio cassette tapes and paper materials

Arrangement

Collection is arranged in seven series and includes three boxes of unprocessed materials and one box of oversized records.
  • Series 1: Oral Histories
  • Series 2: Photographs
  • Series 3: Financial Records
  • Series 4: Legal Documents
  • Series 5: Correspondence
  • Series 6: Youth Writing
  • Series 7: Literary Productions
  • Boxes 5-7: Unprocessed Records
  • Box 8: Oversized Records

Custodial History

This collection was originally part of the Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center (BRISC) at the University of Baltimore.

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of many of the oral history interviews and related documents in this collection are available online through this finding aid. 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.

Related Materials

Related materials include the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project (R0014-BNHP) held at the Special Collections & Archives, University of Baltimore.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Special Collections & Archives staff. Three boxes of materials are currently unprocessed. Audio recordings of oral histories interviews, interview transcripts, and other materials were digitized circa 2011 by Aiden Faust. Betweeen 2019 and 2020 Fatemeh Rezaei processed the 190 digitized audio files of oral history interviews and 132 digitized text files, including interview transcripts located in the Oral Histories series and digitized text copies of Research Material located the Literary Productions series, and made these digital copies available through this finding aid.

The majority of the oral history interviews conducted with individuals and groups of people and located in the Individuals subseries and Groups subseries of the Oral Histories series include digitized audio recordings and/or digitized transcripts made available online. Nineteen individual and group interviews do not currently include digitized copies of either the audio recordings or text transcripts available online. These include the: Interview with Charlotte Bynum, Interview with Charles Morgan, Interview with Abdul Hafeez, Interview with Andrew Hall, Interview with Dellyse Harris, Interview with Larry Marino, Interview with Beverly Nachman, Interview with Mary Pastore, Interview with Rudy Bond Rivers, Interview with Vincent Rivers, Interview with John Pente, Interview with Jean Scarpaci, Interview with Martha Grier Shelton, Interview with Sandra Smith, Interview with Mattie Spencer, Interview with Frank Villella, Interview with Community Organization Advisory Board Meeting, Interview with Dropout's Interview's Spolles, and Interview with Time Clock Lady.

The majority of the Advisory Board Meeting – Education, Education Forum, Labor Forum, Baltimore Voices, and the Youth Project recordings located in those subseries have also been digitized and made available online. However, several recordings have not been digitized. These include the Forum Recording (dated 1981 November 24) located in the Education Forum subseries; and the Hunter, Lee file and the Transcripts file (dated 1982 June 26) within the Youth Project subseries.
Title
Baltimore Voices Company Records
Author
Finding aid created by UB Special Collections & Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Fatemeh Rezaei (2019-2020). Revised by Laura Bell (April-May 2020).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA
410-837-4253