Archives and Library

Archives

The archives at the Baltimore Museum of Industry hold many wonderful documents which allow us to tell the story of local businesses with names familiar to generations of Baltimoreans. Researchers use these collections to learn the story of companies—from conception to closing or modernization—such as Bethlehem Steel, BGE, Crown Central Petroleum, Kirk-Steiff, McCormick, Rukert Terminals, and many more.

We are also the repository for fascinating collections from Gil Sandler (Baltimore Glimpses) and Helen Delich Bentley (The Port That Built A City and State), as well as audiovisual collections, trade literature, WWII posters, patents, ephemera, oral histories, and more.

View our full Archival Collections list.

Library

The BMI’s Library consists of approximately 5,000 books and periodicals about local and national industrial history. Our collection includes books from the research libraries of BGE, American Rolling Mill Company (ARMCO), and Rustless Iron and Steel Corporation; and periodicals including local publications such as Baltimore Magazine and the Port of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry makes its Archives and Library available to researchers by appointment. Our Library Catalog is available online.

2017 Archives Center Upgrades: During the fall of 2017, the BMI Archives, Collections and Research Center will undergo exciting renovations and upgrades to improve collections care and provide a better space to serve our researchers and archives visitors. From September 25 until approximately December 31, the Archives will be closed for on-site research visits; however, our staff and volunteers will be delighted to work with researchers to accommodate these requests at our off-site warehouse facility. Please note, these and other requests and services may experience a longer wait time for processing. For more information, please contact Matt Shirko at mshirko@thebmi.org or 410.727.4808 x112.

Online Database

The images in BMI’s online database document the industries, companies, work processes, and environments that have shaped American culture for decades. Included in the database is the BGE Collection, which captures the changing commercial, cultural, and physical landscape of the region. Currently about 10,000 BGE images are available online. Learn more here.

Explore the Online Database here.

Resources

For information on research procedure and fees, please click here.

Or contact us with questions:
Matthew Shirko,  Archivist . . . mshirko@thebmi.org . . . 410.727.4808 x112.

BRF Logo colorIn addition, BMI is the official repository for archives and artifacts from the Bendix Radio Foundation, preserving the history of the Bendix Radio division and Bendix/Allied Signal Communication Division.

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