Research Resources

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation provides and supports research on Maryland’s architects.

Below you will find links to the BAF’s many research activities, from the the founding members of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to early women architects in Maryland.

Much of the BAF’s research is conducted by the Dead Architects Society, the architectural research committee of the organization. The committee meets regularly and is open to new members.

Digital BAF Resources

Architect Biographies

History of the Dead Architects Society

The Baltimore Architecture Project  — (BAF Digitized Drawing Collection)

Early Women of Architecture in Maryland

Evolution of Architectural Practice in Baltimore


Maryland State Archives

With a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation sponsored an inventory of historic architectural documents in the Maryland archival repositories, individual owners and architectural firms. The archives include architectural drawings from Jackson Platt Ketcham and Millard Donaldson. They also include architect biographies from the BAF’s Historical Architects Roundtable.

Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC)

The materials in the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore) Collection, 1927-1993, consist of administrative records, organizational documents, by-laws, rosters, directories, financial and legal documents, minutes and agendas, membership records, letters, newsletters and magazines, flyers, brochures, announcements, awards programs, news clippings, photographs, photographic slides, maps, and architectural drawings.

Several architects included in our biographies collection have archived materials at the MCHC.

University of Baltimore Special Collections

This collection contains organizational records and subject files related to the history of 20th century architects in Central Maryland, donated by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF). Additionally, the collection also includes photographic prints, oversize architectural plans, and framed items.

Additional Resources

How to research the history of your house or neighborhood (Baltimore Heritage)

Digital sources for local history research (Baltimore Heritage)

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