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Baltimore Heritage Records

Identifier: R0010-BH

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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history and work of Baltimore Heritage, Inc. between 1961 and 2019. The collection includes the founding documents of the organization, committee work, event and program promotions, edcuational program and tour materials, programs and studies related to the preservation of specific buildings and neighborhoods, documented preservation concerns regarding buildings in the city, and community histories. Materials are mainly textual and include meeting minutes, agenda, correspondence, publications, studies, and articles and newspaper clippings related to the organization's efforts in historic preservation. Also present are photographs and awards.


  • 1945-2019

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1961 to address the issues of preservation and enrichment of the city’s built heritage; conservation, restoration and use of the city’s architectural and historical landmarks; and the education and involvement of residents on these issues.

After its creation, Baltimore Heritage quickly became involved in the preservation of the city's historic neighborhoods and landmarks. In the 1960s, Baltimore Heritage led the effort to establish Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), and supported the designation of the Mount Vernon neighborhood as the city’s first historic district. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Baltimore Heritage also advocated to save historic landmarks from destruction by the proposed East-West Expressway and other urban renewal and construction projects planned for the city.

Baltimore Heritage promotes and preserves the historic buildings and neighborhoods in Baltimore City through events, programming, education, and advocacy.

[Information for this historical note was gathered from the Baltimore Heritage website:]


32.33 Linear Feet (32 containers)

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Collection is arranged in 10 series.

  • Series 1: Foundation Documents
  • Series 2: Annual Meetings
  • Series 3: Board of Directors
  • Series 4: Executive Committee
  • Series 5: Development Committee
  • Series 6: Education Committee
  • Series 7: Preservation Planning Committee
  • Series 8: Public and Neighborhood Relations Committee
  • Series 9: Community Histories
  • Series 10: Organizational Records, 2004-2019

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Baltimore Heritage, Inc. in 2000. Additional accruals were received from Johns Hopkins in 2019 and 2021. Series IX contains material collected by Baltimore Heritage from community organizations of cooperating historic districts.

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.

Separated Materials

3 linear feet of Marylanders for Sports Sanity, Inc. records separated from Series 9A Ridgley's Delight and added to the Bill Marker Papers on December 20, 2022.

Processing Information

Collection originally processed by Thomas Hollowak and Robert Shindle. 2019 accrual processed by Thomas Dettling. 2021 accrual processed by Laura Bell.

Finding aid for the Baltimore Heritage Records
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Laura Bell (2018-2021). Revised by Aiden Faust (2011, 2022).
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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