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East Baltimore Oral History Project

Identifier: R0038-EBOH

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection includes 13 audio interviews on cassette tape, and 13 text interview transcripts, and indices to interviews. (Please note: Some interview transcripts are partial or incomplete.) The interviews document the personal histories of longtime East Baltimore community activists and residents. Subjects of note include the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC) and other neighborhood improvement organizations, Middle-East Community organization, Bethlehem Steel, life during the Great Depression, World War II, the 1968 Riots, race and racial segregation, trollys and transportation in Baltimore, working women, civic responsibility, immigration, and businesses in East Baltimore.


  • 1997



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Digitized materials are available through this finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights for this collection are held by the University of Baltimore. It makes these materials publicly available for research, personal, and educational purposes.

Historical Note

The oral history interviews in this collection were conducted in 1997 with East Baltimore community activists and longtime residents by University of Baltimore students during the course, History 496: Seminar in Public History, taught by Dr. Jessica Elfenbein.


1.67 Linear Feet (2 containers) : 13 audio compact cassettes and accompanying paper materials


Collection is arranged alphabetically in an inventory by the last name of the interviewee.

Custodial History

The collection was transferred to Special Collections by University of Baltimore Professor, Jessica I. Elfenbein, in 1997.

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of all oral history interviews and all oral history interview text transcripts in this collection are available online through this finding aid. 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.

Processing Information

Collection initially processed by archives staff circa 1997. Audio cassettes digitized by Aiden Faust and published online by Fatemeh Rezaei in 2020.


Finding aid for the East Baltimore Oral History Project
Finding aid created UB Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Fatemeh Rezaei and Laura Bell (September 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