Baltimore City Archives Alive Conference
Baltimore's City Archives, by the turn of the 21st century, had fallen into disuse, disorganization, and decay. These vital records had been placed in a leaking firetrap of a decrepit warehouse that posed a clear and present danger to both the papers themselves and the intrepid researchers who used them.
But then in late 2009 things changed. Under the good auspices of the Maryland State Archives the records have been moved to a different, adequate storage facility. Researchers are once again welcomed. With grant assistance provided by the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives, professional staff has since cataloged the most important historical documents. Many archival record groups, including the War of 1812 city defense papers, are now digitized and accessible online.
The Baltimore City Archives are alive! This conference will celebrate this revitalization. Members of the Archive staff will speak as to the nature of the collection and it value, and a cross section of active researchers will describe their methods and discoveries in the search for the private history of families and the public history of Baltimore.
Confirmed speakers are:
Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist and Acting Archivist for Baltimore City
Robert W. Schoeberlein, Acting Deputy Archivist for Baltimore City
Matthew Crenson, Professor Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University
Edward Orser, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Malissa Ruffner, Professional Genealogist
Paige Glotzer, Ph.D. Candidate in History, The Johns Hopkins University
Brendan Costigan, Fellow, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law
Sponsorship of the conference and general revitalization support provided by: MD State Archives, Baltimore City Historical Society, MD Historical Society, National Archives National Historical Publications & Records Commission and the City of Baltimore