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Penn-North oral history collection

Identifier: OH PN


The Penn-North oral history collection is a series of interviews revolving around the residential and retail experiences in the Penn-North neighborhood of Baltimore in the early to mid-1900s. The interviews cover a range of topics, including housing developement, employment opportunities, entertainment options, ethnic makeups, the civil rights movement, political activity, and rising crime. As interviewer Elaine Eff puts it in her interview with Umberto "Bert" Correlli and Alan Christian, "...we are really trying to do is piece together what is, well, a human history of the development of the City and North Avenue." The collection includes both audio recordings and transcripts.


  • 1985 June 13-1994 June 18

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Penn-North neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland was defined by Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue. During the 1900s, the neighborhood underwent many changes, including architectural alterations to homes, the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood, new infrastructure projects, and rising crime. Through it all, Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue continued to be the hub of the neighborhood. Home to the North Avenue Market, the Parkway Theater, Wilson's Restaurant, and many other beloved landmarks, these two streets kept the neighborhood lively for decades.


34 Items (There are 34 oral history interviews in this collection)

Language of Materials



The University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Libraries. Baltimore, Maryland 1905 [map]. 1905. 1:1000. "Baltimore, Maryland, 1905."

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 34 oral history interviews, conducted by Elaine Eff, Rhonda Stokes, Randall Holder, Erika Grause, Nathaniel Holland, Sharnel Sneed, Harold Bruton, Geneva Carter, Alan Christian and several other unidentified interviewers.

The narrators are all connected to the Penn-North neighborhood in one way or another, usually through their homes or their work experiences. They all focus on the neighborhood in the early to mid-1900s, their favorite memories, and how the area changed over time.

Guide to the Penn-North oral history collection
Under Revision
Cathryn Kinde
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States