Johns Hopkins University Awarded CLIR Hidden Collections Grant

Author: Jordon Steele, Member-at-Large

The Johns Hopkins University Archives was delighted to learn in December that we had received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to fund the processing of two of our most significant hidden collections, The Roland Park Company Records and the Martin L. Millspaugh Archives.

The Roland Park Company Records consist of the corporate records of the Roland Park Company, documenting an early suburban development that has enjoyed regional, national, and international influence. The collection contains a wide variety of informational and format types, including blueprints, architectural drawings, ledgers and other financial records, photographs and photograph albums, and correspondence from some of the most influential designers, planners, and technical experts of the twentieth century, who worked on other developments and trained a new generation of professionals after Roland Park. The collection dates from circa 1891 through 1962 (the life of the corporation).

The Martin L. Millspaugh Archives (1950-2010) consist of 50 cubic feet of print and electronic records chronicling Millspaugh’s central role in the development of the Inner Harbor, an urban planning project of international impact. We believe that this is one of the few projects CLIR has funded as part of its Hidden Collections program that contains electronic records, a sign pointing towards the future of hidden collections.

Both collections richly document the history of urban planning and community development, two subjects of high current scholarly interest. These records create important links between community development and broader historical and societal trends. The collections will serve as a unique and multifaceted way to examine the historical context of land planning and real estate development in Baltimore and beyond. The University Archives will use the funds awarded by CLIR to hire a Project Archivist. We expect to have both collections research-ready by March 2014.

For more information about this project, please contact Jordon Steele, Hodson Curator of the University Archives, at jsteele@jhu.edu

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