Old Town Merchants and Manufacturers Association Records, 1884-1980 MS. 2652

Old Town Merchants and Manufacturers Association Records, 1884-1980
Maryland Historical Society
 
 

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Old Town Merchants and Manufacturers Association Records, 1884-1980
Maryland Historical Society

Contact Information:
Manuscripts Department
Maryland Historical Society Library
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore MD 21201-4674
410.685.3750
Fax: 410.385.2105
library@mdhs.org
www.mdhs.org



Descriptive Summary

OLD TOWN MERCHANTS AND MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION RECORDS

MS. 2652

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


Scope and Content

The Old Town Merchants and Manufacturers Association (OTMMA) was formed in 1883 to promote the interests of wholesale and retail merchants located in the Old Town area of East Baltimore, Md. It was disbanded in the early 1980's, ending a century of social and civic-oriented activities. Through proposals to the City Council, letters to state and local government officials, and contributions to charities and civic organizations the members of OTMMA fought to prevent the economic stagnation of Old Town.

Members of the Association included individuals as well as businesses, ranging in prominence from Gov. Theodore McKeldin to department stores to shoe repair shops. It is possible to trace the financial climate of the 1930's through the 1960's in Old Town, as members give notice of relocations, bankruptcies, and deaths.

The OTMMA collection is strongest in its representation of a variety of urban problems common in large cities between the 1930's and 1960's. These include abandoned housing, sanitary conditions, shoplifting, juvenile delinquency, taxation, and transportation problems such as parking, road repair, and bus service occasionally. Finally, the Depression and World War II were the two landmark events of this period for the OTMMA, and members responses are revealed through correspondence, the minutes, and in their charitable contributions.

The OTMMA as a social organization is also well-represented. Meetings involved refreshments, films, and presentations as well as discussions about pressing concerns. The Annual Banquet consistently produced a modest profit and was well-attended by Baltimore's business leaders. Finally, the Annual Outing was an opportunity for travel with no other purpose than cameraderie.

This collection spans the years 1884-1981, with the bulk of material falling between 1930 and 1960. Type of records include minutes, cash books and ledgers, bank statements, membership cards, correspondence, reports, bills, and receipts. The Association's minutes provide the most comprehensive look of OTMMA's activities, with reports on business-related problems, membership updates, presentations given during meetings, and planned social activities. Financial records such as the ledgers, cash books, bills, and receipts show income from membership dues, savings account interest, and banquet profits; disbursements include officers' salaries, charitable contributions, and meeting expenses. Correspondence (1933-1962) includes letters to and from the Maryland House of Delegates, the Maryland Senate, the Baltimore City Council, and various mayors, as well as organizations with similar goals as the OTMMA.

by

Susan Weinandy

Nov. 1986

 


Container List

 

Box 1

Constitution and by-laws, 1933

 

 

 

Minute book cover page, 1933

 

 

 

Minutes, 1942-1950

 

 

 

Minute book, 1950-1967

 

 

 

Ledger book “A”, membership dues, 1884-1888

 

 

 

Ledger book “B”, membership dues, 1888-1901

 

 

 

Box 2

Ledgerbook “C”, membership dues, 1901-1915

 

 

 

Ledgerbook “D”, membership dues, 1913-1923

 

 

 

Index to ledgerbook “D”, 1913-1923

 

 

 

Box 3

Cashbook, receipts, 1912-1924

 

 

 

Cashbook, receipts, 1925-1931

 

 

 

Cashbook, receipts, 1932-1977

 

 

 

Cashbook, receipts and disbursements, 1935-1948

 

 

 

Cashbook, receipts and disbursements, 1949-1957

 

 

 

Voucher stubs, 1910-1916

 

 

 

Box 4

Voucher stubs, 1925-1948

 

 

 

Check stubs, 1940-1942

 

 

 

Check stubs, 1942-1952

 

 

 

Box 5

Check stubs, 1952-1979

 

 

 

Cancelled checks, 1935-1936; 1957-1964

 

 

 

Cancelled checks, 1965-1979

 

 

 

Savings account statements, 1967; 1970-1975

 

 

 

Checking account statements, 1976-1980

 

 

 

Bank deposit books and electronic code cards, 1929-1933; 1940-1981

 

 

 

Bank deposit tickets, 1957-1977

 

 

 

Directory of the Mutual Savings Bank of the United States, 1927

 

 

 

Income tax forms, 1968-1974

 

 

 

Financial Committee reports, 1933-1943; 1957

 

 

 

Financial correspondence, 1933-1941

 

 

 

Bills and receipts, meeting services, 1934-1943

 

 

 

Box 6

Bills and receipts, florists, 1933-1940; 1956

 

 

 

Bills and receipts, printers, 1932-1967

 

 

 

Bills and receipts, miscellaneous, 1932-1940

 

 

 

Bills and receipts, miscellaneous, 1940-1974

 

 

 

Membership cards, inactive, A-I, 1941-1978

 

 

 

Membership cards, inactive J-Y, 1941-1978

 

 

 

Membership cards, sustaining fund, inactive, 1942-1969

 

 

 

Membership cards, active, 1969-1978

 

 

 

Box 7

Membership applications, 1933-1969

 

 

 

Membership due bills, 1934-1975

 

 

 

Membership lists, 1910; 1931-1976

 

 

 

Correspondence, membership status, 1933-1973; n.d.

 

 

 

Correspondence, general, 1933-1962, n.d.

 

 

 

Nominating Committee and Lists of Officers, 1936; 1942-1958; n.d.

 

 

 

Reports and Resolutions, 1934-1958

 

 

 

Notices of meetings and events, 1941-1954; 1957-1963; n.d.

 

 

 

Annual banquets, 1934-1960; n.d.

 

 

 

Seventy-first Annual Banquet, 1954

 

 

 

Seventy-third Annual Banquet, 1956

 

 

 

Seventy-fourth Annual Banquet, 1957

 

 

 

Membership in other organizations, 1933-1954; n.d.

 

 

 

Death Notices, 1961-1977; n.d.

 

 

 

 

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