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Sub Series Details 1974 General Administrative Files Central administrative files of the department with material on general topics as well as files on the department's divisions. The files for 1969-73 and some from 1964-68 are housed at the University of Baltimore's Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center (BRISC), and the whereabouts of the 1946-63 files are unknown. The ...More

Sub Series Details 1974-1979 Reader Files The reader files contain copies of correspondence, memos, and other material generated by administrative divisions of the department. Material in this central file is duplicated in the topically arranged general administrative files (series 1). BCA BRG60-2
Sub Series Details 1932-1966, 1971, 1976-1979, 1980-1985 Planning Commission Minutes begin with the first meeting of the reorganized Commission on the City Plan on April 7, 1932. In September 1947 the Commission on the City Plan was again reorganized and renamed the Planning Commission, but there is no break in the minutes. The minutes for May 25, 1939 give ...More

Sub Series Details 1950-1977 Subdivision and Development Plats These plats were used by the Baltimore City Planning Commission, and each plat is stamped with the date of the commission meeting at which it was discussed. A duplicate file of these plats is kept on apperature cards at the department. The plats are arranged by department drawer and plat ...More

Sub Series Details 1940-1960, 1971 Master Plans These master plans were prepared from the 1940s-1960s and a few in 1971 and arranged by function. A letter (1940) concerning the preparation of master plans is at the beginning of the film. Plans include: park plans, police and jail, libraries, markets, recreation, airport, port, bath houses, water, street cleaning, ...More

Sub Series Details 1939-1960 Statistical Data Folio The Commission on City Plan began in 1939 compiling statistics on various aspects of the master city plan. Parts on the plan covered are: Master Park Plan (1939-51), Master Plan on Residential Blight and Slum Areas (1946), Master Street Plan (1939-57), Fire Department Plan (1941- 61), Bath Houses and Comfort ...More

Sub Series Details 1962-1964 Square Mile Sheets These are square mile sheets of the city, all revised in the period 1962-64. They are arranged on the film by location beginning with the northwest and ending with the southeast. Film of subsequent square mile sheets is in the department. BCA BRG60-7
Sub Series Details 1930, 1960 Transportation Division Plans These plans were prepared by other city agencies and used for transportation planning. The plans were filmed by plan number, but there does not seem to be any organization to the plans. The types of plans represented are Bureau of Highways plans on specific streets, urban renewal plans, interstate highway ...More

Sub Series Details 1967 Traffic Survey In order to determine pedestrian usage of downtown streets, interviews were conducted at various downtown street corners in 1967. The data conisted of sex of interviewee, starting point, and destination. BCA BRG60-9
Sub Series Details 1950-1959 Pictures In 1959 the Planning Department had slides made of graphic material relating to various planning projects. The material, collectively called "pictures," includes renderings, sketches, plans, close sections, profiles, and maps. These were done in the 1950s. This film features copies of these pictures and the following projects are represented: Camden ...More

BCA BRG60-10
Sub Series Details Park Blue Prints Plats of various parks prepared by the Commission on Efficiency and Governmental Economy, Engineering Committee. Parks included are: Herring Run, Wyman, Carroll, Clifton, Venable, Druid Hill, park board property, Gwynns Falls, Patterson, Broening, Swann (Moale Point), Garrett, Riverside, Latrobe, Easterwood, Franklin Square, Union Square, Harlem Square, Lafayette Square, Collington Square, ...More

BCA BRG60-11
Sub Series Details 1975-1979 City Council Bills Files created by the Planning Department when researching and making a recommendation on city council bills referred to them. The files contain printed city council bills, correspondence, draft testimony, newspaper clippings, plans, petitions, and rough drafts of resolutions. BCA BRG60-12
Sub Series Details 1967 Institutional Survey The Planning Department hired Morton Hoffman and Company (consultants) to prepare and conduct a survey of downtown or Central Business District III (CBD III) institutions. This survey provided the Planning Department with project space needs for future use. Separate questionaires were designed for each of four types of institutions: hospitals, ...More

BCA BRG60-13
Sub Series Details 1976-1988 Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals Files created by the Planning Commission when requests were made for renovations and zoning changes. The files include: plats, correspondence, plans, newspaper clippings, petitions, and hearing decisions. BCA BRG60-14
Sub Series Details 1914-1980 Economic Development Reports Reports of studies and proposals done and issued by the Planning Department concerning industrial and commercial development in the city. There is a container listing available at the Baltimore City Archives. BCA BRG60-15
Sub Series Details 1975-1988 Slides Slides organized by street address and created by the Planning Department for various projects. Note: many are general area views and do not photographically document the entire length of a particular street. BCA BRG60-16