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About the Archives

About Us:

The Baltimore City Archives — in conjunction with the Maryland State Archives– is the central depository for city government records of permanent value. The duties of the City Archivist and the management of the Baltimore City Archives are assigned to the Maryland State Archives under a memorandum of understanding with the City of Baltimore in which the State Archivist is the acting City Archivist.

The duties of records management are assigned to the Records Administrator who supervises the transfer, appraisal, retention, and disposition of non-permanent government records.

A grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission assists in placing the catalog of the collection on line with enhanced descriptions.

Hours of Operation:

Due to staffing limitations, the Baltimore City Archives is open to researchers by appointment only.

Search room hours available for appointment:

Monday:       9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday:       9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thursday:     9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday:           9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Evening and weekend appointments are not available.

To make a research appointment, please fill out our research appointment form.

Inclement Weather:
Inclement Weather Advisories will be recorded on 410-396-3885.   If the Baltimore City Schools are closed on account of the weather, the Baltimore City Archives will be closed to researchers.  Staff, including volunteers should call 410-396-3885 for staff announcements with regard to the weather.  In general staff including volunteers are welcome to work if they can manage to reach the City Archives safely.

Directions:

The Baltimore City Archives is located at 2615 Mathews Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. It is in a one-story red brick warehouse shared with the Southern Steel Shelving Company. There is a “Baltimore City Archives” sign above the main door on Mathews St.

Driving Directions

Baltimore City Archives
The City Archives is located in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore.
From Baltimore’s Inner Harbor:
Follow Calvert Street north.
Right at 28th Street.
Right at Mathews Street.
Follow Mathews Street to the end.
Archives building will be on the left.From Annapolis and the Eastern Shore:
U.S. 50/301 West to I – 97 North to I – 695 West.
Exit 7B MD-295/Balt-Wash Pkwy to Baltimore.
Right on Pratt Street.
Left on Calvert Street.
Right at 28th Street.
Right on Mathews Street.
Follow Mathews Street to the end.
Archives building will be on the left.

From Washington, DC:
U.S. 50/301 East to I – 97 North to I – 695 West.
Take exit 7B MD-295/Balt-Wash Pkwy into Baltimore.
Right on Pratt Street.
Left on Calvert Street.
Right at 28th Street.
Right on Mathews Street.
Follow Mathews Street to the end.
Archives building will be on the left.

Volunteer Program:

In order to better serve the public and bring its collections under better management control, the Baltimore City Archives is in need of people willing to volunteer to clean, shelve records, and aid in cataloging. If you would like to volunteer, please write to baltimorecityarchives@gmail.com providing contact information and an idea of when and how much time you might be able to volunteer.

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