Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency photograph collection
The Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency Collection consists of 225 images taken by Maryland photographer Marion E. Warren between 1962 and 1970. The images provide excellent architectural views and street scenes of neighborhoods in downtown Baltimore which have since been demolished.
- Baltimore (Md.). Urban Renewal and Housing Agency (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
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In 1956, Mayor Theodore R. Mc Keldin abolished the Baltimore Redevelopment Commission and combined its functions with elements of the City Planning, Health and Welfare departments into a single agency: the Urban Renewal and Housing Agency (BURHA). Led by a new commission, BURHA continued the city's work in acquiring properties, relocating residents, and condemning and clearing existing structures for redevelopment of areas identified as slums. The agency was also tasked with planning new neighborhoods, coordinating community involvement, and code enforcement in those areas.
3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of film negatives and 8x10 prints. Some images have both a film negative and a print. Negatives are housed in Boxes 1 & 2. Prints are housed in Box 3.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection was acquired by the Peale Museum. In 1997 the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding. Their collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.
Scope and Contents
The Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency Collection consists of 225 images taken by Maryland photographer Marion E. Warren between 1962 and 1970. The images provide excellent architectural views and street scenes of neighborhoods in downtown Baltimore which have since been demolished. They include blocks razed for the Charles Center project and areas west of Baltimore’ Inner Harbor which late gave way to urban renewal. Warren is one of Maryland’s most renowned photographers of mid-to late 20th century Maryland, and his photographs illustrate numerous books. Some of the images in this collection appeared in Living City: Baltimore’s Charles Center and Inner Harbor Development, published in 2002 by the Maryland Historical Society Press.
Each photograph has an individual Item ID: BURHA.##. The collection was found with Item IDs already assigned running from BURHA.001 - .500. Two hundred seventy five photographs, primarily from BURHA .48 - .331 are either missing or were never part of the collection.
- Guide to the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency photograph collection
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- 2020-05-04: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.