Overview

Title: Perry Hall Improvement Association records
Call Number: Coll002
Creator: Perry Hall Improvement Association
Dates: 1945-1986
Size: 5 boxes (5.5 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of the Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA), a local community advocacy group founded in 1945 by the residents of Perry Hall, Maryland, a residential community located in Baltimore County. The collection contains by-laws, histories, rosters, correspondence, minutes, research and case files, financial and legal documents, publications, clippings, and copies of local laws and regulations. Also included is a written history of Perry Hall that the group published in 1970 entitled "An Invitation to Memory"; a copy is available in Series IX.
Citation: Perry Hall Improvement Association records, Collection 2, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

The Perry Hall Improvement Association was formed in 1945 to “beautify, safeguard, encourage and improve the physical, moral and spiritual living conditions of the people who reside in or are influenced by the community of Perry Hall.” The association defined the area as “power lines on Belair Road near St. Joseph’s Church, on South, by Gunpowder Falls on North Joppa Road & Cowenton Avenue on East to power lines on Joppa Road near Simms Avenue.” The first meeting was held on July 31, 1945. The Association started in response to the proposed establishment of a cemetery on Joppa Road near Belair Road. This commercial venture was successfully defeated; the first of the Association’s many attempts to balance commercial and residential interests in the area.

Through the 1940s and ‘50s the Association successfully campaigned for reduced speed limits near the Perry Hall School, got street signs installed by the state on Route 40, and mounted several successful protests against rezoning for light industry and waste disposal (auto junkyard and garbage dump). Contacts with other area associations were established and although membership and attendance fell through the late 1950s the association continued to monitor and protest commercial development in the area.

The 1960s saw renewed interest in the Association and its activities. Successful lobbying resulted in the establishment of the Perry Hall branch of the Baltimore County public library and the formal change of name from Fullerton to Perry Hall by the Post Office. Traffic, roadway maintenance and zoning continued to be the major areas of concern. After 1965, zoning becomes the predominant area of interest for the Association. The Baltimore County rezoning plan, driven by the increase in population in the area and a desire to draw more commercial interests included many changes for the Perry Hall area. The history of the Association through the late 1960s and 1970s is one of almost constant protest or appeal of various zoning decisions by the Baltimore County Planning Board. In 1970, the Association celebrated its 25th anniversary with the publication of a history of the area, “An Invitation to Memory” and in 1976 was responsible for coordinating many of the Bicentennial celebrations in the area.

The 1980s again saw a decline in interest and membership in the Association. This may have been because rezoning disputes had been resolved for the most part and/or because increased population, housing and commercial interests in the area had moderated Perry Hall’s strictly residential emphasis. The proliferation of other interest groups in the area and of umbrella organizations serving the entire county presumably reduced the appeal of the Association.


Scope & Content

Arrangement

Organized into eleven series: Series I. Bylaws, 1945-1984. Series II. Histories, 1945-1976. Series III. Rosters, 1945-1984. Series IV. Minutes, 1945-1981. Series V. Financial and Legal Documents, 1948-1980. Series VI. Correspondence, 1945-1986. Series VII. Laws and Regulations, 1955-1980. Series VIII. Case Files, 1963-1980. Series IX. Publications, 1970-1988. Series X. Clippings, 1960-1980, n.d. Series XI. Research Files, 1945-1986.

Series

  1. Bylaws
  2. Histories
  3. Rosters
  4. Minutes
  5. Financial & Legal Documents
  6. Correspondence
  7. Laws & Regulations
  8. Case Files
  9. Publications
  10. Clippings
  11. Research Files

Note

This collection of the records and documents from the Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA) covers the period from the establishment of the Association in 1945 through 1986. The majority of the material covers the period during the 1960’s and 1970’s when Baltimore County was experiencing rapid expansion. Extensive rezoning was underway to accommodate population growth and businesses wishing to expand into the county in areas formerly exclusively residential. The PHIA took an active interest in the rezoning process, acting as advocate for individual property owners fighting zoning changes and the allocation of residential property for commercial use. Case files of zoning cases or appeals in which the Association had an interest are present. Much of the correspondence in the collection is between the PHIA and the different offices of the county involved with zoning and county services. There are reports and bulletins from county and state offices, the zoning commission and planning board, primarily from the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Copies of zoning laws and building codes are available from different periods.

Internal documents of the Association cover the period from 1945 through 1981. The by-laws and amendments and the business license of the Association are present. Minutes of the regular monthly meetings are generally complete for 1945 through 1981. Minutes of the Board of Directors and Special Committees are sporadic, primarily in the late 1950s and 1960s. Rosters of the membership of the association, both active and inactive, dues paid lists and attendance sheets are available for most of the period through the 1970’s. Treasurers’ reports and other financial records are present for individual years. Programs from Association events and a history of Perry Hall compiled and published by the Association are present. Clippings from local newspapers are included but not well documented, often without dates of publication. Miscellaneous material and files on subjects or groups peripheral to the association are grouped as research files.


Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

MSS 1994-04; The papers of the Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA) was donated in 1994 by Mrs. Genevieve Buetttner, a long time member of the PHIA Board of Directors.

Processing Note

The papers of the Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA), an advocacy group founded in 1945 by the residents of Perry Hall, Maryland became part of the UMBC Special Collections in 1994 when it was donated by Mrs. Genevieve Buetttner, a long time member of the PHIA Board of Directors. Accession records are not specific as to date of receipt or where the papers had been kept prior to coming to UMBC. The collection arrived at UMBC in nine cardboard boxes, unnumbered and without an existing order. The records and papers were in plastic bags, loose-leaf notebooks, manilla envelopes and folders, with no arrangement other than within individual notebooks or files. The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Drew Alfgren, under the supervision of Marcia Peri, Archivist, in August, 1999.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.


Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding aid available.

Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll002.php

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. UMBC is the copyright owner; permission to reproduce is required.


Subject Headings

Creators

Perry Hall Improvement Association

Subjects

Civic improvement -- Maryland -- Perry Hall (Md.) -- History

Community organization -- Maryland -- Perry Hall -- History

Perry Hall (Md.) -- History


Series Description & Container List

  1. Series I. Bylaws

    Date: 1945-1984

    Extent: 1 folder

    Description: Bylaws and amendments thereto of the Association.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      By-Laws 1 1

  2. Series II. Histories

    Date: 1945-1976

    Extent: 2 folders (.25 linear feet)

    Description: Includes written history of the Association from 1948-1957, programs, publicity and related material from Association events, 1947-1976.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Histories: Association (PHIA) History: 1945-1969 1 2

      Histories: Association events and publicity: 1947-1976 1 3

  3. Series III. Rosters

    Date: 1945-1984

    Extent: 11 folders (.5 linear feet)

    Description: Lists of members, active and inactive; meeting attendance sheets; dues paid lists; directories; Presidents list. Arranged in chronological order.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Rosters: Member directory: 1945-1955 1 4

      Rosters: Member lists / Dues paid: 1945-1955 1 5

      Rosters: Member lists / Dues paid: 1963-1978 1 6

      Rosters: Inactive member list: January 1, 1964 1 7

      Rosters: Member directory & Inactive list: 1945-1974 (original "President's Book") 1 8

      Rosters: Attendance sheets: 1973-1976 1 9

      Rosters: Members telephone directory: 1978 1 10

      Rosters: Member lists / Dues paid: 1979-1980 1 11

      Rosters: Member lists / Dues paid: 1981-1984 1 12

      Rosters: Association Presidents: 1945-1978 1 13

      Rosters: Baltimore County Planning Board: 1975 1 14

  4. Series IV. Minutes

    Date: 1945-1981

    Extent: 8 folders (.5 linear feet)

    Description: Minutes of regular monthly meetings, Board of Directors meetings, Special Committee meetings. Arranged in chronological order.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Minutes: Regular meetings: July 31, 1945-Dec. 6, 1951 1 15

      Minutes: Regular meetings: July 31, 1945-Dec. 6, 1951 1 16

      Minutes: Regular meetings: Jan. 2, 1958-Dec. 12, 1963 1 17

      Minutes: Regular meetings: Jan. 9, 1964-DEc. 10, 1970 1 18

      Minutes: Regular meetings: Jan. 14, 1971-Dec. 13, 1973 1 19

      Minutes: Regular meetings: Jan. 10, 1974-Nov. 11, 1976 1 20

      Minutes: Regular meetings: Feb. 10, 1977-Nov. 12, 1981 1 21

      Minutes: Special Meetings (Board of Governors & Special Committees: 1953-1970 (Irregular) 1 22

  5. Series V. Financial & Legal Documents

    Date: 1948-1980

    Extent: 10 folders (.75 linear feet)

    Description: Attorney retainer agreements, bank statements, checkbook stubs, business license, income tax forms, receipts, letters of authority. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Financial & Legal Documents: Attorney retainer agreement & statements: 1971-1976 1 23

      Financial & Legal Documents: Auditors' reports (Irregular) 1 24

      Financial & Legal Documents: Bank statements: 1970-1976 1 25

      Financial & Legal Documents: Business license & Lease agreements 1 26

      Financial & Legal Documents: Checkbook stubs: Mar. 1948-Dec. 1957 1 27

      Financial & Legal Documents: Letters of Authority: 1949-1980 1 28

      Financial & Legal Documents: Receipts: 1970-1980 1 29

      Financial & Legal Documents: State tax forms: 1948-1975 1 30

      Financial & Legal Documents: Treasurers' reports: 1960-1970 (Incomplete) 1 31

      Financial & Legal Documents: Zoning Fund: 1946 1 32

  6. Series VI. Correspondence

    Date: 1945-1986

    Extent: 14 folders (.75 linear feet)

    Description: Form letters and fliers; correspondence with state and county offices; general correspondence. Arranged chronologically within subjects.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Correspondence: Events & Speakers: 1948-1969 1 33

      Correspondence: Form letters & fliers: Baltimore County: 1970-1980 1 34

      Correspondence: Form letters & fliers: Local area groups: 1969-1982 1 35

      Correspondence: Form letters & fliers: PHIA: 1949-1982 2 1

      Correspondence: General: 1945-1986 2 2

      Correspondence: State & County: 1945-1959 2 3

      Correspondence: State & County: 1960-1970 2 4

      Correspondence: State & County: 1971-1980 2 5

      Correspondence: State & County: 1981-1984 2 6

      Correspondence: State & County: Belair Road Study: 1979 2 7

      Correspondence: State & County: Carroll Manor School: 1973 2 8

      Correspondence: State & County: State Roads Commission: 1945-1955 2 9

      Correspondence: State & County: State Roads Commission: 1968-1978 2 10

      Correspondence: U.S. Post Office: 1961-1980 2 11

  7. Series VII. Laws and Regulations

    Date: 1955-1980

    Extent: 8 folders (.5 linear feet)

    Description: Baltimore County rules and regulations; Home Rule Charter; Zoning regulations; Individual slip laws. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Histories: Association (PHIA) History: 1945-1969 1 2

      Histories: Association events and publicity: 1947-1976 1 3

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. Bond Referendums: 1976, 1980 2 12

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. Code: 1961 Cummulative Supplement 2 13

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. Home Rule Charter: 1956 2 14

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. Zoning Regulations: 1960 2 15

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. Proposed Zoning Amendments: 1973 2 16

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. Zoning Regulations: 1975 Revision 2 17

      Laws & Regulations: Baltimore Co. miscellaneous bills: 1965-1982 2 18

      Laws & Regulations: Maryland Law Governing Aeronautics: 1966 2 19

  8. Series VIII. Case Files

    Date: 1963-1980

    Extent: 31 folders (1 linear feet)

    Description: Case files of zoning cases, including all correspondence, judgements and appeals. Legal cases other than zoning (minimal). Arranged alphabetically by plaintiff.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Cases: Liquor Board: Kahl Tavern: 1972 2 20

      Cases: Liquor Board: Persing application: 1976 2 21

      Cases: Zoning: Aston: 74-76 RX (1973); 77-156/157-X (1977) folder (a) 2 22

      Cases: Zoning: Aston: 74-76 RX (1973); 77-156/157-X (1977) folder (b) 2 23

      Cases: Zoning: Berg: 79-47-V (1973) 2 24

      Cases: Zoning: Betz: 74-205-R (1974) 2 25

      Cases: Zoning: Columbia Club/Knights of Columbus Hall: 79-47-V (1979) 2 26

      Cases: Zoning: Dansberger: 76-57-V (1976) 2 27

      Cases: Zoning: Diakoulas: 74-206-R (1974) 2 28

      Cases: Zoning: Gaudetsky: 63-102 (1963) 2 29

      Cases: Zoning: Kahl: 72-229-RX (1972) 2 30

      Cases: Zoning: Kishter: 75-58-R (1974) 2 31

      Cases: Zoning: Lauman: 78-247-XA (1978) 2 32

      Cases: Zoning: Loch Lomond Inc (Resolution): 1960 2 33

      Cases: Zoning: Maryland National Bank: 77-131-XSPH (1977) 2 34

      Cases: Zoning: Mills: 76-344/345-V (1978) 2 35

      Cases: Zoning: Mills: 76-344/345-V (1978) 2 36

      Cases: Zoning: Myers Estate: 72-49-R (1972) 2 37

      Cases: Zoning: NPM Inc.: 73-201-R (1973) 2 38

      Cases: Zoning: Nothview Associates: 82-109-X (1982) 2 39

      Cases: Zoning: Northview Shopping Center: 77-13-V (1976) 2 40

      Cases: Zoning: Nottingham Village Inc.: 71-174/175-RX (1971); 72-50-R (1972) 2 41

      Cases: Zoning: Perry Hall Associates: 75-218-R (1975) 2 42

      Cases: Zoning: Presbyterian Church: 5772-RX (1963) 2 43

      Cases: Zoning: Schroeder: 82-241-X (1981) 2 44

      Cases: Zoning: Story: 5615-RX (1963) 2 45

      Cases: Zoning: Universal Housing & Development: 74-73-R (1973); 74-217-R (1976) 2 46

      Cases: Zoning: W.I.T.H. Inc.: 76-35-X (1975) 2 47

      Cases: Zoning: Summary of Zoning Cases 1971-1973 2 48

      Cases: Zoning: Miscellaneous notes and material 2 49

      Cases: Zoning: Miscellaneous out of area cases not pursued 2 50

  9. Series IX. Publications

    Date: 1970-1984; bulk 1970-1980

    Extent: 26 folders (.75 linear feet)

    Description: Newsletters; planning and zoning reports; information brochures; Association publications. Arranged chronologically within subject.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Publications: Cable TV franchise application summary(Baltimore Co.): 1972 3 1

      Publications: Directories: Baltimore Co. organizations: 1970-1975 3 2

      Publications: Maps: Miscellaneous 3 3

      Publications: Newsletters & Announcements: Bicentennial Committee: 1976 3 4

      Publications: Newsletters: Maryland Dept. of ransportation "Transit Action": 1975 3 5

      Publications: Newsletters: PHIA Newsletter: 1962-1963 3 6

      Publications: Newsletters: Whitemartsh Run Watershed Newsletter: 1974-1976 3 7

      Publications: Newsletters: Miscellaneous (other area groups) 3 8

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1967-1969 3 9

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1970 3 10

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1971 3 11

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1974-1973 3 12

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1974-1975 3 13

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1975 (continued) 3 14

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1976 3 15

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1977 3 16

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1978 (a) 3 17

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1978 (b) 3 18

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1979-1981 3 19

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1982 3 20

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1984 3 21

      Publications: Planning & Zoning: 1988 3 22

      Publications: Private printing: PHIA "An Invitation to Memory": PHIA 25th anniversary (1970) 3 23

      Publications: Miscellaneous: County 4 1

      Publications: Miscellaneous: State 4 2

      Publications: Miscellaneous: State: Department of Transportation 4 3

  10. Series X. Clippings

    Date: 1960-1980, undated; bulk 1970-1980

    Extent: 7 folders (.3 linear feet)

    Description: Articles and photographs from local newspapers. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Clippings: Baltimore Co. budget: 1975 4 4

      Clippings: Perry Hall Post Office: 1962 4 5

      Clippings: Zoning: 1961-1964 4 6

      Clippings: Zoning: 1967-1971 4 7

      Clippings: Zoning: 1972-1977 4 8

      Clippings: Zoning: 1978-1983 4 9

      Clippings: Miscellaneous: undated 4 10

  11. Series XI. Research Files

    Date: 1945-1986

    Extent: 9 folders (.3 linear feet)

    Description: Primarily material on other area groups active during the same period. Files may contain any of the following: correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, brochures and incidental material. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Research file: Baltimore Co. Planning Board: 1981-1982 5 1

      Research file: Baltimore Co. schools 5 2

      Research file: Citizen Planning & Housing Association: 1969-1976 5 3

      Research file: Council of Civic Associations of Baltimore Co. 5 4

      Research file: Northeast Coordinating Council 5 5

      Research file: Notes: PHIA: Miscellaneous 5 6

      Research file: Perry Hall Library 5 7

      Research file: Title search: Bishops' Inn 5 8

      Research file: Whitemarsh Run 5 9


Bibliography

Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA) homepage. Accessed November 12, 2015. http://www.perryhallmaryland.org/.

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