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Movement Against Destruction Records

Identifier: R0062-MAD

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Scope and Contents

Collection documents the activities of the Movement Against Destruction (MAD) coaltion of community groups between 1968 and 1988 as they organized against the proposed construction of expressway highways through neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. Materials are mainly textual and include publications, meeting minutes, correspondence, legal briefs, newspaper clippings, press releases, newsletters, brochures, research files, records documenting public hearings and testimonies, reports. Also present are artifacts including "Stop the Road" t-shirts. Several subjects represented in this collection include transportation, city planning, community organizing, community activism, housing, urban renewal, and historic preservation.


  • 1968-1988


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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

The Movement Against Destruction (MAD) was founded in August of 1968 as a coalition of 25 neighborhood and community groups. The goal of the organization was to prevent further construction of expressways into the city of Baltimore. In place of the new highways, MAD proposed that highway funds be used to restore damaged neighborhoods. Additionally, the group demanded that impacted neighborhoods be given representation in transportation planning. MAD was led by community leaders, including George and Carolyn Tyson, Barbara Mikulski, Walter Orlinsky, Norman Reeves, and Parren Mitchell. The group's greatest period of activity was the early 1970s.


13.67 Linear Feet (14 containers)


Collection is arranged in nine series:

  • Organizational Records
  • Correspondence
  • Promotional
  • Litigation
  • Publications
  • Public Hearings
  • Research Files
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Artifacts

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by George and Carolyn Tyson on March 6, 1996.

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Finding aid for the Movement Against Destruction Records
Finding aid written by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Aiden Faust (2014-2016). Revised by Laura Bell (May 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