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Josef Nathanson Reports and Professional Papers

Identifier: R0178-JNR

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Content Description

The collection contains reports and urban planning documents from the 1962 through 2018, mostly produced by Josef Nathanson. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area is the focus of these reports; however, case studies of other locations in Maryland and the United States are also represented in Nathanson's urban planning and economic development portfolio. Of particular note in the Baltimore material are records of the Community Economic Development Program, the first demonstration area in the country of this type during the Carter Administration in the 1970s.


  • 1962 - 2018


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.

Biographical / Historical

Josef Nathanson earned degrees in architecture from MIT (1963) and city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania (1966). He was the Technical Director for Baltimore City's Community Economic Development Program and assistant to the Baltimore Mayor's Physical Development Coordinator from 1976 until 1979. From 1979 until 1992, he served as Director of Economic Research and Information Systems from the Regional Planning Council. He then became the Director of Metro Research at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council from 1992 to 2002. Since 2002, Mr. Nathanson is also the president and founder of Urban Information Associates, Inc., an organization that provides economic development consulting services. He also writes a monthly Regional Perspectives column for The Daily Record for the past 21 years.

[Source of biographical information: Archives appraissal report, dated 2022-01-27, and Josef Nathanson's LinkedIn profile, accessed online 2022-04-05.]


5.42 Linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Josef Nathanson to the University of Baltimore Foundation on February 14, 2022 and received March 9, 2022. A second accrual was received June 13, 2023.

Processing Information

The original collection was processed by Aiden Faust in October 2022. The second accrual was procesed into the collection by Thomas Dettling in June 2023.

Finding aid for the Josef Nathanson Reports and Professional Papers
Finding aid prepared by Aiden Faust (2022). Revised by Aiden Faust (2023).
October 2022
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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