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Center for Poverty Solutions Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0033-CPS

Scope and Content Note

The Center for Poverty Solutions Records documents the activities of the Center between 1989 and 2005. The collection contains materials documenting the activities of the various functions of the Center including the Food Committee, the office of the Executive Director, the Communication Office, the Development Office, and the Program Office. Materials are mainly textual and include annual reports, legislation documentation and testimony, newspaper clippings, lobbying and project documentation, budget materials, program materials, correspondence, and memoranda. The collection also includes audiovisual materials such as photographs and videotapes. Some significant topics represented in this collection include homelessness and hunger, poverty, and education and programming.


  • 1989-2005

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Selected items have been digitized and are available through this finding aid.

Historical Note

The Center for Poverty Solutions was formed in 1998, through the merger of Action for the Homeless and the Maryland Food Committee. These organizations came together to take a holistic approach to the war on poverty. The organization's mission was to provide education, programs, research, and services in order to eliminate poverty in Maryland. The Center's work also included providing grants, support, and funding for various education, hunger, and homelessness services and programs. The Center was headquartered at N. Charles Street in Baltimore, MD. Financial problems forced CPS to cease operation in 2005.

[Information for this historical note was gathered from previous description and a 1999 article about the Center in the Baltimore Sun.]


58.50 Linear Feet (65 containers)


Collection is arranged in 6 series:

  • Food Committee
  • Executive Director
  • Communication Office
  • Development Office
  • Program Office
  • Photographs

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by the Center for Poverty Solutions in 2005.

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.

Finding aid for the Center for Poverty Solutions Records
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (June 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