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Inner Harbor Development slide collection

Identifier: PP 0333


This collection contains over 4,000 slides of views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the development from the beginning to the end of Harborplace and surrounding area. The collection was assembled by Albert M. Copp, a member of mayor Schaefer's Charles Center Inner Harbor Development Organization.


  • 1945 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.


9.21 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



The slides were originally in 5 boxes. Some were in slide carrousel trays labeled alphabetically, some were loose, some were in plastic sheets usually containing 20 pockets. The slides are now in 11 3-ring binders. Slides which were originally in carrousels have been kept together, numbered consecutively, and their original carrousel letter maintained in the inventory. Other slides have been placed in 20 pocket plastic sheets, labeled with the binder number, plastic sheet number, and slide number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Laurie Schwartz, December 2017.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 4,726 slides which illustrate all stages of development of the Inner Harbor and Harborplace. There is some additional written material including letters, brochures, and pamphlets: “Problems and Opportunities of Relocation,’ ‘The Charles center Project’. Dates depicted in the slides range from a print of the harbor in 1860, photographs from 1945 and 1960 to the 1990s. Proposed models of inner harbor buildings and transportation maps for light rail and metro from the 1960s show various plans for development. Slides show the construction of Harborplace, the National Aquarium at Baltimore, the Columbia Center, The Maryland Science Center, The Power Plant, Pier Five Hotel, Pier Six Pavillion, The Gallery, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M & T Stadium, the Pride of Baltimore and development in the surrounding neighborhoods. Also included are many attractions in the Baltimore area including historic buildings and sites such as Federal Hill, Fort McHenry, Otterbein Church, The Shot Tower, Morris Mechanic Theater, The Johns Hopkins University, The Washington Monument.

The slides were produced by a number of photographers and photographic companies including the following: Paul Blair, D.C. Dunlop, George Graff, Jeremy Green, Mike Latini, Richard C. Lippinholtz, Blakeslee/Lane, Foto Finishers, Northway Studio, The Rouse Company, and many others.

Guide to the Inner Harbor Development slide collection
Judith Hallfrisch and Mallory Harwerth
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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