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This is a sortable and searchable list of digital collections and resources related to Baltimore neighborhood history and architecture.

We assembled this list as a resource for local historians and preservationists. It is not comprehensive – many helpful resources and collections are not yet available online. Most of these resources are available to anyone but a few require that you have a library card from the Enoch Pratt Free Library. If you are not a Baltimore resident, you can access many of the same databases through the Baltimore County Public Library, the DC Public Library, or through other public or university libraries.

Don’t miss the companion neighborhood and building research guide. If you have any comments, corrections, or additions to this list, please let us know.

Collection/Source Location Description Dates Category
Ancestry.com Library Edition Enoch Pratt Free Library Ancestry.com provides records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists. This database is accessible only at Pratt Library locations. Census Records
Baltimore Census (1970-2000) Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries Historic census data from 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 at a neighborhood level. Data is available for full download as Excel files for 1970 and 1980, and in GIS format for 1990 and 2000. 1970-2000 Census Records
HeritageQuest Online Enoch Pratt Free Library Census Records
Historic Census Browser (1790-1960) University of Virginia 1790-1960 Census Records
Historical Statistics of the United States (PDF) United States Census Bureau 1789-1945 Census Records
Maryland Statistics: A Finding Aid University of Maryland College Park Census Records
Baltimore Directories Baltimore City Archives Directories
Coleman African American Business and Professional Directories Maryland State Archives Collection of “The First Colored Professional, Clerical and Business Directory of Baltimore City” from 1913 through 1946. 1913-1946 Directories
Digitized Baltimore City Directories University of Maryland College Park 1816-1923 Directories
Aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 – Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Maryland Collection of more than 250 images and 13 publications about the great Baltimore fire of 1904. 1904 Images
Archives of the Afro-American Newspaper Afro-American Newspaper Images
Baltimore ’68 Image Collections University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 1968 Images
Baltimore City Archives Flickr Baltimore City Archives Images
Baltimore Recommended Capital Improvement Program – Baltimore Streetcar Museum Digital Maryland Multi-volume collection of 259 reports with accompanying photographs of recommended capital improvements to Baltimore City streets. 1955 Images
Baltimore Tower Clocks, 1977 – Joe Schuller and Donald Kobi Digital Maryland 143 35mm color slides taken by Donald Kobi and the late Joe Schuller of 30 tower clocks around the city. 1977 Images
Baltimore Transit Co. and Potomac Edison Slides – Edward S. Miller Digital Maryland 1952-1953 Images
Blakeslee-Lane Photographs University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 1930-1966 Images
Cator Collection of Baltimore Views – Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Maryland Images
Enoch Pratt Free Library Flickr Photos Enoch Pratt Free Library Images
Historic Images [Baltimore City and County] Baltimore County Public Library Images
Images of the Model Urban Neighborhood Demonstration University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 1968-1971 Images
Library of Congress Pictures Library of Congress Images
Maryland Historical Society Collections Database Maryland Historical Society Images
Maryland Historical Society Historic Photographs Tumblr Maryland Historical Society Images
Maryland in Postcards – Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Maryland Images
Official Photographs From Contractor of New Building – Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Maryland Images
Paul Henderson Photograph Collection Maryland Historical Society 1935-1965 Images
Photographic Archives of Maryland Maryland State Archives Images
Poppleton Historic Survey University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 1975 Images
The Baltimore Museum of Industry Collections Database Baltimore Museum of Industry Images
The Jewish Museum of Maryland Collections Database Jewish Museum of Maryland Images
UMBC Hughes Company Glass Negatives Collection University of Maryland Baltimore County Images
University of Baltimore Special Collections Flickr University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Images
Views of African American Life in Maryland – Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Maryland Images
Works Progress Administration of Maryland – Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Maryland Images
Aerial Photography – Baltimore (1927, 1937, 1948, 1952, 1957, 1964, 1972) Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries 1927-1972 Maps
Baltimore City and Baltimore County Map Collections Baltimore City Archives 1876-1915 Maps
Baltimore City Sheet Maps Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries Maps
Baltimore County Sheet Maps Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries Maps
Baltimore Development Plans Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries Maps
Historical Topographic Map Explorer United States Geological Survey Maps
Library of Congress: Maps Library of Congress Maps
Maryland Maps: A Finding Aid University of Maryland College Park Maps
Maryland/Baltimore – ProQuest Sanborn Maps Enoch Pratt Free Library A Pratt library card is required to access this database online. Maps
Maryland/Baltimore Maps & Atlases Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries Maps
NYPL Digital Collections Maps Division New York Public Library Maps
Urban Renewal Files University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Maps
Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988) – ProQuest Historic Newspapers Enoch Pratt Free Library  A Pratt library card is required to access this database online. 1893-1988 Newspapers
Baltimore Afro-American (1992-present) – Ethnic Newswatch Enoch Pratt Free Library  A Pratt library card is required to access this database online. 1992-present Newspapers
Baltimore Jewish Times (1992-present) – Ethnic Newswatch Enoch Pratt Free Library  A Pratt library card is required to access this database online. 1992-present Newspapers
Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) – ProQuest Historic Newspapers Enoch Pratt Free Library  A Pratt library card is required to access this database online. 1837-1988 Newspapers
Historic American Newspapers (1836-1922) – Library of Congress Chronicling America Library of Congress  A Pratt library card is required to access this database online. 1836-1922 Newspapers
Online Digitized Newspapers [Maryland/Baltimore] Maryland State Archives Newspapers
Baltimore ’68 Oral History Collection University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 2006-2008 Oral Histories
Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project, 1978-1982 Maryland Historial Society 1978-1982 Oral Histories
East Baltimore Oral History Collection University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 1997 Oral Histories
Station North Oral History Project University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 2012-2013 Oral Histories
Baltimore TV News Collection University of Baltimore Langsdale Library 1948-2000 Video