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BALTIMORE CITY
BALTIMORE CITY ARCHIVES
(City Council)
1797-2007
BRG16
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For the history of the Baltimore City Council refer to the history of the Mayor's Office (RG.9). For City Council ...More


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Sub Series Details 1797-1923 Administrative Files General administrative files of the bicameral city council. Indexed during the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, Historical Records Survey, the records include petitions, memorials, applications for city appointments, general correspondence, correspondence with municipal departments, committee reports, ordinances and resolutions, messages between the two branches, communications to and from the ...More

BCA BRG16-1
Sub Series Details 1801-1984 City Council Journal of Proceedings Manuscript and published volumes of the proceedings of the first and second branches of the city council concerning the daily business of the two branches, including the receipt of and action taken on petitions, choice of members to serve on committees and communications to and from the municipal departments. The ...More

BCA BRG16-2
Sub Series Details 1818-1902 Joint Council Convention Journal Record of the council sessions jointly attended by the first and second branches including committee reports, communication to and from the Mayor, convention rules, and nominations to various city offices. There are numerous gaps within these years. BCA BRG16-3
Sub Series Details 1913-2003 Official City Council Files Correspondence, reports, petitions, photographs and plats regarding ordinances. Ordinance 809 (1970) made the published volumes of ordinances and resolutions a legal record and only introductory bills with additional documentation (such as correspondence, petitions, photographs, plats, architectural plans, grant applications, consultant studies, transcripts and hearings) have been maintained. Correspondence and reports ...More

BCA BRG16-4
Sub Series Details 1797-1953 Manuscript Volumes of Ordinances and Resolutions Manuscript copies of all approved ordinances and resolutions with appropriate signatures, dates, and committee referrals. Volumes for 1797 to 1863 are available on microfilm (BCA 406-15) with occasional gaps. BCA BRG16-5
Sub Series Details 1799-1969 Miscellaneous Manuscripts Unrelated group of documents received or created by the city council and previously maintained in its files. Includes bound manuscripts, 1805-29; list of council members, 1832-72; council reports from a committee on the reorganization of the Department of Public Works, 1969; and a special investigating committee on a street cleaning ...More

BCA BRG16-6
Sub Series Details 1870-1893 City Council Records Index The original office index of the administrative records of the city council. Although the identifying numbers assigned to the items are no longer applicable, these indexes provide an overview of subjects considered. Categories of items indexed include petitions, protests, communications from city officials, reports, and ordinances and resolutions. BCA BRG16-7
Sub Series Details 1905-1930 Record of Readings Record of committee bills and resolutions referrals, committee recommendations, dates of readings, and final actions. BCA BRG16-8
Sub Series Details 1841-1975 Indexes to Ordinances and Resolutions Indexes arranged alphabetically by subject or by ordinance number including the title of the ordinance or resolution and dates it was presented to the Mayor and approved. BCA BRG16-9
Sub Series Details 1826, 1834 Records of the Funerals of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette Baltimore honored the memory of these two Revolutionary War heroes with massive funeral processions and lengthy orations. The documents which comprise this series primarily represent the expenses incurred by the committees of arrangement, appointed by the city council, in preparation for these city-wide expressions of mourning; also included among the ...More

BCA BRG16-10
Sub Series Details 1851-1857 Estate of John McDonogh Ordinances and resolutions, legal decisions, receipts, documents used as exhibits in court, reports, petitions, and financial statements involved in the settlement of the estate of John McDonogh, a wealthy mercantilist, land owner, and philantropist. McDonogh was born in Baltimore in December 1779 but left the city in 1803 at the ...More

BCA BRG16-11
Sub Series Details 1836-1837 Maryland Canal Papers Correspondence, payroll records, receipts, accounts for appropriations and expenditures, and other financial records of the Maryland Canal Company survey project. Numerous attempts were made to construct canals in the state; the project represented by these documents sought to link the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the City of Baltimore. Commissioners ...More

BCA BRG16-12
Sub Series Details 1896-1967 President - Baltimore City Council Miscellaneous Correspondence An artificial record series consisting of miscellaneous correspondence addressed to the President of the Baltimore City Council as chief representative of that body. The correspondence deals with a wide variety of subjects. The bulk of the correspondence falls between 1939-1947 and is addressed to either the Honorable George Sellmayer or ...More

BCA BRG16-13
Sub Series Details 1972-1982 Walter Orlinsky Administrative Files Walter Orlinsky was President of the Baltimore City Council from 1972 until his resignation on October 18, 1982. The bulk of the files cover the years 1979 to 1982. They contain correpondence with federal, state, and local leaders. Topics discussed include: construction of a subway system, prison overcrowding, exodus of ...More

BCA BRG16-14
Sub Series Details 1982-1987 Clarence "Du" Burns Adminstrative Files Clarence "Du" Burns became President of the City Council on October 18, 1982 with the resignation of President Walter Orlinsky. In November 1983 Burns was elected to the office in his own right. Burns became Mayor on January 26, 1987, succeeding Mayor William Donald Schaefer who resigned after being elected ...More

BCA BRG16-15
Sub Series Details 1984-1986 Clarence "Du" Burns Hearing Schedules Schedules of bill hearings before various committees of the city council during the term of City Council President Clarence "Du" Burns. Recorded is: the name of the committee conducting the hearing; the date, time, and room number for the hearing; names of persons to attend; and a short description of ...More

BCA BRG16-16
Sub Series Details 1797-1953 Published Volumes of Ordinances and Resolutions Published volumes of approved ordinances and resolutions. BCA BRG16-17
Sub Series Details The Mayor's Message and Reports of the City Officers made to the City Council of Baltimore BCA BRG16-18
Sub Series Details 1995 Legislative Investigation Committee, Martin O'Malley, Chairman Contractors' work orders, pertinent information, and legal documents relating to the investigation of Housing Authority, Baltimore City, 25 Million No-Bid Vacancy Repair Program. BCA BRG16-19