Robert Breck Chapman Photographs
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of photographic materials produced for Baltimore's Model Cities Program, Urban Services Agency, and Department of Housing and Community Development. The collection documents anti-poverty, the Cultural Arts Program including youth education programs in Baltimore from the late 1960s through the mid-1990s, the AFRAM Expo between 1976 and 1996, as well as public housing in the 1990s through 2002.
The collection contains a variety of photographic materials and documents including photographic prints, photo and film negatives, 35mm slides, contact sheets, and related documents and ephemera. Some reels of film are also preseent.
- Chapman, Robert Breck (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Gloves are recommended when handling photographic material.
Conditions Governing Use
While Chapman is the source and primary creator of this collection, the collection contains photographs and content produced by additional creators. We encourage additional creators to contact the archives to identify and attribute images.
Robert Breck Chapman was a staff photographer employed by the City of Baltimore between 1971 and 2002. In addition to working for the Model Cities Agency, the Urban Services Agency, and the Department of Housing, Chapman was also the unofficial photographer for Mayor Kurt Schmoke.
While Chapman is the source and primary creator of the collection, additional creators are encouraged to contact the archives to identify and attribute images.
43 Linear Feet : Photo prints, negatives, slides, and contact sheets
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in 6 series:
- AFRAM Expo, 1976-1996
- Cultural Arts Program, 1970-1994
- Project Survival
- Urban Services Agency
- Eubie Blake Cultural Center
- Housing and Community Development, bulk: 1990s-2002
Chapman initially took these photos to the municipal archives, where they were rejected based on records retention schedules. He then placed the collection with the Eubie Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore, where they were thrown out during building renovations. Chapman salvaged what was left of the material and gave it to the University of Baltimore.
Series 1-4 were deposited at the University of Baltimore by Robert Breck Chapman circa 2000 and donated May 21, 2013. Series 5 was transferred by Chapman May 21, 2013. Series 6 was transferred September 21, 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.
Series 1 (AFRAM) was processed by Aiden Faust in 2010. Materials were selected and digitized for use in digital collections and online exhibits during this period (2010-2015). Series 2 (Cultural Arts Program) was processed by Bria Warren and Deyane Moses in 2021-2022. Series 5 (Eubie Blake) was processed by Bria Warren in 2022. Series 3, 4, and 6 are unprocessed.
- 16mm (photographic film size)
- African Americans
- Baltimore (Md.). Department of Housing and Community Development
- Baltimore (Md.). Model Cities Agency
- Baltimore (Md.). Urban Services Agency
- Eubie Blake Cultural Arts Center (Baltimore, Md.)
- Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
- Municipal government
- Pictorial works
- Project Survival (Baltimore, Md.)
- Public housing
- Schmoke, Kurt L.
- slides (photographs)
- Chapman, Robert Breck (Person)
- Finding aid for the Robert Breck Chapman Photographs
- Finding aid prepared by archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (circa 2010-2012). Revised by Laura Bell and Bria Warren (2022).
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA