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Mary Ellen Hayward Papers

Identifier: R0175-MEH

Scope and Contents Note

The Mary Ellen Hayward Research Files include approximately 13 linear feet (13 boxes) containing research materials related to Baltimore architectural history dating approximately circa 1975-2010. Mary Ellen Hayward (1947-2020) studied Baltimore City architecture including the history of row houses and alley houses, in addition to neighborhood histories. Hayward was also a preservationist who advocated for Baltimore historical neighborhoods.

The collection materials include textual and photographic items including rowhouse and alley house preservation documentation, architectural preservation research, exhibit plans, genealogical research, facsimiles, photographs, photographic negatives, film strips, and books.


  • circa 1975-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is currently closed while processesing is in progress. Please contact Special Collections and Archives staff for more information.

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 may be held by their respective creators. Contact Special Collections and Archives staff for more information.

Biographical Note

Mary Ellen "Mimi" Hayward (1947-2020) was a historian, preservationist, researcher, museum curator, and one of the founders of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. She was also the author of numerous books that ranged in topics from the Civil War in Maryland to Baltimore architecture.

Dr. Hayward was born in Baltimore City and raised in Lutherville, Baltimore County. She graduated from Roland Park Country School in 1965 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She obtained a master’s degree in early American culture from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Throughout her 30 year career, Dr. Hayward was known as an advocate of Baltimore architecture and row houses and as an accomplished researcher and Maryland historian. In 1980, she was the architectural historian for the "Baltimore: A Patchwork Quilt of Neighborhoods" exhibition that opened at City Hall. She also served as the exhibition curator for the Baltimore City Life Museum's and Peale Museum’s “The Baltimore Rowhouse — A Baltimore Style of Living,” which debuted in 1981.

From the early 1980s until 1996, Dr. Hayward worked at the Maryland Historical Society (renamed the Maryland Center for History and Culture as of 2020) where she was maritime curator and general history curator. At MHS in 1984, Hayward curated “Maryland’s Maritime Heritage,” an exhibit that traced the history of the port from the era of sailing ships to modern container ships. After leaving the Maryland Historical Society, Dr. Hayward provided Historic District National Register nominations and completed survey projects for Baltimore neighborhoods while pursuing her work as researcher and author. Hayward's work chronicling Baltimore City alley houses led her to collaborate with Judge Thomas H. Ward (1927-2016) in establishing the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, which opened in 2002. Dr. Hayward's reputation for her historical preservation work and Baltimore history research was well known. She died in 2020 at the age of 72.

[Information for this Biographical note was gathered from a Baltimore Sun obituary dated August 11, 2020]


13 Linear feet (13 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore Foundation by Milly Brugger in December 2020. Records were conveyed to the University of Baltimore by Robert Brugger and received by Aiden Faust December 3, 2020. One additional accession was transferred from Hayward's former residence in May 2021.

Processing Information

Collection is currently being processed. Please contact UB Special Collections & Archives staff for more information. During processing, materials were rehoused and binders were discarded; items with excessive environmental damage, pest damage, and other preservation issues were deaccessioned.
Finding aid for Mary Ellen Hayward Papers
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Finding aid prepared by Laura Bell, Special Collections & Archives Processing Archivist. (February 2020)
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Revision Statements

  • December 2020: Finding aid created
  • February 2021: Collection description updated during processing

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

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