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Baltimore Industrial Development Commission Records

Identifier: R0012-BIDC

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Scope and Contents

This collection documents the history, functions, and projects of the Baltimore Industrial Development Commission in Baltimore, Maryland between 1971 and 1975. The collection include materials relating to the Commission's functions and committee work, projects related to local businesses and the City of Baltimore, and newspaper clippings. Materials are mainly textual and include meeting minutes, project reports, reference files, correspondence, organizational, administrative and financial records


  • 1971-1975

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

In 1971, Baltimore city voters approved 3 million dollars in municipal bonds to finance an urban land bank -- properties on which displaced businesses or new industrial plants could be enticed to build. Funds were administered by a quasi-municipal corporation based on the model of the existing Charles Center-Inner Harbor Corporation. In 1972, the Baltimore Industrial Development Corporation was formed for this purpose.

BIDC was governed by a board consisting of seven members of the city government appointed by the Mayor, seven members of the business community named by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore, and seven members of the general public selected by the board. The corporation carried out its work under contract with the city, the terms of which provided that it fulfill its duties under the authority and direction of the mayor. In formulating actions, directions, and policies, Mayor William Donald Schaeffer was guided by the city’s Economic Development Commission.

In 1976, BIDC merged with the Baltimore Economic Development Commission to form the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO). BEDCO later merged with the Howard Street Market Place and Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management, forming the Baltimore Development Corporation in 1991.


6.75 Linear Feet (13 containers)


Collection is arranged in 7 series:

  • Organizational Records
  • Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • Financial Records
  • Correspondence
  • Projects
  • Newspaper Clippings

Custodial History

The records of the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation were collected by the Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center at the University of Baltimore in two accessions: November 9, 1977 and March 30, 1978.

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Searated Materials

Materials seperated from this collection at acquisition include the Baltimore Economic Development Commission Records.

Finding aid for the Baltimore Industrial Development Commission Records
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (April 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