Roland Park Company records
- 1865-1970 (bulk 1891-1960)
- Majority of material found within 1891 - 1960
- Bouton, Edward H., 1858-1941 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
902.26 Cubic Feet (289 record center cartons, 1 flat box (20.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches), 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches), 5 oversize boxes (19 x 19 x 6 inches), 1 oversize box (37 x 25 x 6.5 inches), 174 Long boxes)
In 1911 the company merged with the Guilford Park Company of Baltimore, acquired its land, and truncated the new entity as the Roland Park Company. The company retained the Olmsted Brothers firm to lay out the new subdivision of Guilford, which was formally opened in 1913 and later declared finished in 1925.
In 1924 the Roland Park Company acquired the tract of land known as Homeland, and began development soon after. They acquired another 520 acres in 1930 for a subdivision known as Northwood. After the acquisition of Northwood, the Roland Park Company branched out into commercial development and built the Northwood Shopping Center (later Northwood Plaza Shopping Center) on land bordering the new subdivision. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s the Roland Park Company acquired multiple subsidiary companies and managed other local real estate development projects through them.
In 1952, the Roland Park Realty Company acquired the brokerage and management business of the company. Seven years later, on December 31, 1959, the Roland Park Company liquidated. The second company president, John McConkey Mowbray, managed the liquidation of assets into the 1960s.
Scope and Contents note
The collection also contains records related to specific functions of the company, particularly the management, development, and maintenance of its properties by the Engineering and Landscaping Department, and the sale of its real estate holdings by the Sales Department. Other functions represented by the collection are the design and approval of architectural plans and the legal documentation of the creation, mapping (platting), sale, transfer, and restrictions of property and property holdings.
Finally there are records relating to the advertising and publication of the company and its activities, represented by advertisement scrapbooks, periodical and book publications, and photographs of homes and property. Site plans, a general term referring to any plan that documents the structure, topography or engineering plans related to property, are also present.
Custodial History note
Bound volumes in the Periodicals series were transferred from the George Peabody Library in 2016.
Processing Information note
The archivist referenced the file titled "Index of Books, Letters, Vouchers, etc. filed in the Basement of 4810 Roland Avenue" (in Series 4: John M. Mowbray President Files) in order to understand and represent the original order of the bulk of the collection.
- Cities and towns
- City planning
- Governance (university function)
- Maryland--Baltimore--Roland Park
- Minutes (Records)
- Politics and government
- Roland Park Company
- clippings (information artifacts)
- ledgers (account books)
- letters (correspondence)
- magazines (periodicals)
- maps (documents)
- minutes (administrative records)
- photograph albums
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA