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East Baltimore Oral History Project

Identifier: R0038-EBOH

Scope and Contents Note

This collection includes 13 audio interviews on cassette tape, and 13 text interview transcripts, and indices to interviews. 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. UB 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.


0.4 Linear Feet : 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 was processed by UB Special Collections & Archives staff. Initial processing including rehousing and description was completed circa 1997. Text transcripts and audio cassettes were digitized and in September 2020 Fatemeh Rezaei made all digitized materials available online through this finding aid.


East Baltimore Oral History Project
Finding aid created by UB Special Collections & Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Fatemeh Rezaei and Laura Bell (September 2020).
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Revision Statements

  • circa 1997: Finding aid created
  • 2011: Descriptive fields added
  • 2014-2016: Finding aid prepared from legacy finding aid and added to database
  • September 2020: Digital objects attached to the finding aid
  • September 2020: Descriptive fields added including historical note and scope and content note

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

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