Welcome to the Baltimore City Archives
ADDRESS: 2615 Mathews St, Baltimore MD 21218 [Directions]
HOURS (by appointment only): Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
***[See Upcoming Holiday Closings for days we are closed]***
If you are interested in researching through our records, please visit our Research at the Baltimore City Archives page.
If you are interested in scheduling a research appointment, please visit our Planning Your Visit page. The City Archives is pleased to host researchers, but due to staffing limitations, all visits must be by appointment.
FEES AND CHARGES:
Research appointments (during which researchers are welcome to bring digital cameras- see Policies) are free to the public by appointment only. If you are interested in our other services (research, digitization, prints), please visit Fees and Charges.
THE STATUS OF THE BCA:
The Baltimore City Archives, in conjunction with the Maryland State Archives, is the central depository for Baltimore City government records of permanent value.
In order to fully explore the public record of the public history of Baltimore City, it is essential that researchers both understand the nature and extent of the public record and lend their support to its preservation and access.
Through a memorandum of understanding between the City of Baltimore and the Maryland State Archives, with matching funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the online cataloging of the historical records of Baltimore City into the Maryland State Archives Guide to Government Records, some stability, however fragile, has come to the records of Baltimore City.
The years of neglect from the late 1980s until just a few years ago took their toll. Archival records such as early papers of the mayors of Baltimore contain fungal/mold decay and pest damage from previous buildings with leaky ceilings and poor pest control. A new adequate storage facility has been rented by the City, and more funding is being sought to strengthen our ability to restore, preserve, and access the permanent public records of Baltimore. Please join financially in support of the Baltimore City Archives by donating today at the Friends of the Maryland State Archives website.