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Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay Interviews

Identifier: R0072-MHCB

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Scope and Contents

The Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay Interviews collection contains fifty taped interviews with specialists discussing various aspects of Chesapeake Bay history from the colonial period to present day. Some notable topics documented by the interviews include plantation culture, slavery in the Bay area, the Underground Railroad, war in the region, port history, piracy, the oyster industry, the U.S. Naval Academy, and other Bay life and maritime related topics. The interviews were conducted by Fred Hopkins and Joe Goldenberg between 1979 and 1980. The recordings have not been transcribed.


  • 1979-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Dr. Joe Goldenberg of the Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of History directed this NEH grant funded project between 1979 and 1980. The purpose of the project was to make history about the Chesapeake Bay available to schools. The interview tapes were used in Virginia schools for approximately five years. In Maryland, selected interviews were broadcast on WBJC radio for approximately one month. The original recordings are stored at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a complete second set exists at the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland.


0.54 Linear Feet (1 container) : 50 audio compact cassettes

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Collection is organized as an inventory listing the interviews.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Fred Hopkins in 1994.

Related Materials

Related materials include the original recordings which are stored at Virginia Commonwealth University; and an additional complete set of interviews exists at the Calvert Marine Museum, located in Solomons, Maryland.


Finding aid for the Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay Interviews
Finding aid prepared by archives staff. 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