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North Avenue Collection

Identifier: R0090-NA

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials that are a combination of two distinct research projects: the NORTH AVENUE 100 project conducted in 1985-1986 under the direction of Dr. Elaine Eff, and University of Baltimore undergraduate coursework in community studies lead by Dr. Jessica I. Elfenbein in 2005. Materials in this collection include oral history text transcripts, photographs, and student produced projects.

The first series in this collection, Penn-North Oral Histories, 1986, contains text transcripts from the North Avenue 100 oral histories project conducted by Dr. Eff in 1985-1986. The second series, Research Papers, 2005, contains the undergraduate projects in community studies produced in 2005 under the direction of Dr. Jessica I. Elfenbein. The third seires, Photographs, 1985-1986, contains images taken during the North Avenue 100 Project in 1985-1986.


  • 1985-2005


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Gloves are recommended when handling photographic material. Digitized materials are available online through this finding aid in addition to a separate digital photographs exhibit.

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 NORTH AVENUE 100 was a project whose partners included the Neighborhood Progress Administration, Baltimore Traditions, the Maryland Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private funders. The project produced oral history interviews and photographs.

University of Baltimore professor, Dr. Jessica I. Elfenbein, directed student projects using the North Avenue 100 project in 2005. The complete collection containing all three series was donated to the Special Collections and Archives in 2005.


1.00 Linear Feet (1 container)


Collection is arranged in three series:

  • Penn-North Oral Histories, 1986
  • Research Papers, 2005
  • Photographs, 1985-1986

Custodial History

Series I and III were donated to Jessica Elfenbein by Elaine Eff in 2005. The entire collection was transferred to Special Collections by Jessica Elfenbein in 2006.

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 North Avenue Collection
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (October 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