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Greater Baltimore Housing Development Corporation Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0047-GBHDC

Scope and Contents

The Greater Baltimore Housing Development Corporation Records contains records documenting rebuilding housing, urban renewal, housing construction and rehabilitation between 1965 and 1975. The collection includes records that focus on efforts to rebuild "slot housing" on Carey Street and apartment houses in Shipley Hill. Also included are records on housing construction on Fulton Avenue, rehabilitation of the Gay Street urban renewal area, and relocation housing for displaced African Americans in East Towson, Baltimore County. Collection materials include organization by-laws, correspondence, minutes, contracts, legal papers, accounting records, cost estimates, newspaper clippings, mailing lists, membership lists, speeches, and housing plans.


  • 1965-1975

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.

Historical Note

Greater Baltimore Housing Development Corporation (GBHDC) was a private, non-profit corporation established in 1967 to assist other organizations in building low and moderate income housing in metropolitan Baltimore. As a subsidiary of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the GBHDC eventually became a housing developer itself, working on subsidized housing programs with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In 1972, the GBHDC was liquidated after significant financial losses. A 1973 report cited neighborhood instability, vandalism, trouble obtaining competent builders, and problems with Federal housing programs as factors that led to the decline of the corporation.


15.96 Linear Feet (25 containers)

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by the Greater Baltimore Committee in February 1980.

Related Materials

Related materials at the UBalt Special Collections and Archives include the Greater Baltimore Committee Records.

Processing Information

The first 4 boxes of the collection have been inventoried at the folder level. The bulk of the collection is currently uninventoried.

Finding aid for the Greater Baltimore Housing Development Corporation Records
Finding aid prepared by archives staff after acquisition. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (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