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Baltimore Economic Development Commission Records

Identifier: R0009-BEDC

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials documenting the business and economic revitalization work of The Baltimore Economic Development Commission (BEDC) in Baltimore, Maryland between 1968 and 2010. Some significant topics included in the collection are urban renewal, transportation, development, local businesses, committee work, and government programs among others. Materials are mainly textual and include minutes, project reports, publications, reference materials, correspondence administrative files from the last five years of the commission’s existence, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1968-2010

Language of Materials

Materials are in English

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Historical Note

The Baltimore Economic Development Commission (BEDC) was established in 1963. The commission’s mission was to encourage commercial and industrial development, monitor economic conditions and to advise the Mayor and City Council on policy issues affecting the city’s economy. Originally composed of eleven members, by 1968, it was expanded to fifteen members and given the added responsibility of the purchase and lease of properties to assist private enterprise with municipal funds.

BEDC was one of several quasi-public entities created to revitalize business in the city. The Baltimore Industrial Development Corporation (BIDC) merged with BEDC in 1976, forming the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO). Howard Street Market Place and Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management also merged with BEDC in 1991, after which it was renamed the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC).


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Collection is arranged in 6 series:
  • General Files
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Subject Files - Part 1
  • Subject Files - Part 2
  • Digest
  • Baltimore Development Corporation - Westside Area Project Committee, 1991-2010

Custodial History

The records of the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation were collected by the Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center at the University of Baltimore in two accessions: November 9, 1977 and March 30, 1978. An additional accession of Baltimore Development Corporation records related to the Westside Area Project were donated by Carolyn Boitnott on April 13, 2017.

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.

Separated Materials

Materials seperated from this collection at acquisition include the Baltimore Industrial Development Commission Records.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Special Collections & Archives staff. Series 6: Baltimore Development Corporation - Westside Area Project Committee, 1991-2010 was accessioned in 2017. Series 6 does not currently include a folder inventory.
Finding aid created by UB Special Collections & Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011 and 2017). Revised by Laura Bell (April 2020).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA