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People's Community Health Center Oral History

Identifier: R0094-PCH

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains eighteen transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with eighteen indivduals who had been active in the early years of The People's Community Health Center, which was originally named The People's Free Medical Clinic, in Baltimore, Maryland. The interviews were conducted between 2010 and 2011 by University of Baltimore undergraduate students for a project in a class taught by UB professor Dr. Elizabeth Nix in fall 2011. Interviews were edited and finalized in 2012.

The individuals who participated as narrators/interviewees in these oral history interviews were medical doctors, clinic volunteers, mental health counselors, professors and researchers, past clinic board members, past clinic staff, clinic founders, Baltimore activists, and others. Topics discussed include the origins and early years of the clinic, the organization's role in the Waverly community, the backgrounds and work experiences of the narrators/interviewees, in addition to activism with the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam war demonstrations.


  • 2010-2012


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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

This collection was created by University of Baltimore students in "Exploring the Past," an undergraduate methods course taught by Dr. Elizabeth Nix in the fall of 2011. The People's Community Health Center provided Dr. Nix with the names of people who had been active in the early years of their organization, which was originally named The People's Free Medical Clinic. In the summer and fall of 2012, undergraduate honors student Beverly Bowers combined the various student transcriptions and edited them for consistency and accuracy.

The People's Community Health Center, originally named The People's Free Medical Clinic, began in 1970 when a coalition of Baltimore activists founded a medical clinic in a rowhouse near the corner of 30th street and Greenmount Avenue. Their goal was to ensure healthcare was available to all. They provided primary medical care, pediatric care, OB/GYN care, dental care, infectious disease and HIV/AIDS care, substance abuse treatment and counseling, mental health care and pharmacy services. The clinic closed in 2014. [Information for this historical note was gathered in part from the clinic's website:]


0.21 Linear Feet (1 container)


Collection of oral history interviews is organized as an inventory and arranged alphabetically by the last name of the interview narrator / interviewee.

Custodial History

Eighteen interview transcripts were transferred to Special Collections by Dr. Elizabeth Nix between January 2013 and August 2014.

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of 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 processed by Aiden Faust in 2014.


People's Community Health Center Oral History
Finding aid prepared by Aiden Faust (2014). Revised by Laura Bell (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