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Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Authority Records

 Collection — Box: 1x
Identifier: R0019-BURHA

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials documenting the history and work of the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency (BURHA) between 1962 and 1967. Materials are mainly textual and include Commission meeting minutes, Design Advisory Panel meeting minutes, fiscal and budget information, correspondence, press releases, reports, project and grants information, publications, and other material submitted to members of the agency’s governing commission.


  • 1962-1967

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

In 1956, Mayor Theodore R. Mc Keldin abolished the Baltimore Redevelopment Commission and combined its functions with elements of the City Planning, Health and Welfare departments into a single agency: the Urban Renewal and Housing Agency (BURHA). Led by a new commission, BURHA continued the city's work in acquiring properties, relocating residents, and condemning and clearing existing structures for redevelopment of areas identified as slums. The agency was also tasked with planning new neighborhoods, coordinating community involvement, and code enforcement in those areas.


5.42 Linear Feet (6 containers)


Collection is arranged in ten series:

  • Organizational Records
  • Correspondence
  • Design Advisory Panel
  • Charts
  • Press Releases, 1965-1968
  • Annual Reports, 1962-1966
  • Engineering Surveys
  • Capital Grants
  • Quarterly Statistical Bulletin, 1965-1967
  • Research Reports

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Charles L. Wagant II, a BURHA Commission member, in 1979.

Accessing Digital Copies

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Finding aid for the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Authority 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