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Citizens Planning and Housing Association Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0032-CPHA

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the activities and functions of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) in Baltimore, Maryland between 1936 and 2010. It contains a significant amount of materials documenting the organization and history of CPHA, committees work, conferences and seminars, the office of the president, the executive director's files, research initiatives, the functions of the Baltimore County office, photographs and media dating 1941 to 1997, collected artifacts, various programs, and issues and collaborations. Some significant topics represented in this collection include Baltimore region housing, city planning, neighborhood communities, poverty, urban renewal, education, transportation, drug treatment, local greenspaces, crime prevention, environmental issues, zoning, leadership training and communitiy organizing, and others. Materials are mainly textual and include correspondence, minutes, administrative records, reports, publications, directories, and reference materials. The collection also includes photographs and artifacts.


  • 1936-2010, bulk 1941-2010


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 Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) was formed in the 1940s and works toward improved city planning, land use, housing and living conditions for the Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area through research, education, law enforcement, community outreach, and legislation.

Over the years, the organization has supported equal housing and city planning initiatives such as zoning laws and enforcement, urban renewal efforts in the City, improved green spaces, designing the Inner Harbor, transit planning, historic preservation, improved education policy and schools, the creation of community coalitions and community engagement, and others.

[Information for this historical note was gathered from past collection description and the CPHA website:]


140.96 Linear Feet (179 containers)


Collection is arranged in 11 series:

  • Organizational Records, 1936-2009
  • Organizational Committees, 1940-2010
  • Conferences, Meetings and Seminars, 1941-2008
  • Office of the President, 1941-1996
  • Executive Director, 1941-2008
  • Research Files, 1939-1973
  • Baltimore County Office, 1949-1979
  • Photographs and Media, 1941-1997
  • Artifacts
  • Programs, 1940-2009
  • Issues and Collaborations, 1953-2003

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Elayne G. Fedder and the CPHA Board of Directors in 1970. Additional records deposits have been made by CPHA through 2009.

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 was originally processed by BRISC staff prior to 1985. The collection was re-processed by Carolyn Boitnott between 2008 and 2014. Some of the most recently accessioned materials are located in Series 10: Programs, 1940 - 2009.

Finding aid for the Citizens Planning and Housing Association Records
Finding aid created by BRISC staff prior to 1985. Revised by Carolyn Boitnott (2005-2015). Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (June 2020).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

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