Title: Harold A. McDougall papers
Call Number: Coll099
Creator: McDougall, Harold A. (Harold Augustus), 1945-
Dates: 1990-2004; bulk 1990-1995
Size: 1 box (1.25 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: Papers from Harold McDougall's book, "Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community" (Temple University Press, 1993). Includes correspondence, research notes, photographs, and reviews. Covers topics related to Baltimore and Maryland history.
Citation: Harold A. McDougall papers, Collection 99, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Harold A. McDougall is Professor of Law at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was a civil rights organizer and voter registrant in his early years and served the NAACP from 1994 to 1997, as Executive Vice President of a local branch, as Washington Bureau Director and as Senior Policy Consultant. He served on the National Governing Board of Common Cause from 1997 to 2004, and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholars Program) and the Board of Trustees of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation (Study Circles Resource Center). He has consulted for the Kellogg, Kettering, and Village Foundations, and the Montgomery County, MD, County Executive's Office.

Professor McDougall specializes in the areas of urban social and economic development, civil rights, and the workings of state, local, and federal government. He has written numerous articles, as well as two books. BLACK BALTIMORE: A NEW THEORY OF COMMUNITY (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993) proposes a new approach to the renovation and revitalization of community civic culture. AFRICAN CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF OBAMA: A HISTORY AND A HANDBOOK (Lulu.com, 2009) History and A Handbook covers "trouble spots" like racial profiling. hate crimes, discrimination against consumers, employment discrimination, voting rights, housing discrimination and discrimination in public education. It also looks at citizen action and access to local government.

Scope & Content


The McDougall papers have been arranged in one series:


  1. Black Baltimore


Currently, the Harold A. McDougall papers includes only material related to McDougall's 1993 publication, Black Baltimore: A New Theory in Community (Temple University Press). Documents include McDougall's research notes, interviews, correspondence and mailing lists compiled by McDougall, manuscripts, photographs, and review of the book.

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

All materials were donated by Dr. Harold A. McDougall in 2012.

Processing Note

The collection was processed at the folder level, maintaining the creator's original order within each folder. Some folder titles, particularly those with only the book name as the title, were standardized to increase access. The collection was processed in 2012 by Special Collections Archivist Lindsey Loeper with assistance from student assistant Steve Ammidown.

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/coll099.php

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.

Subject Headings


McDougall, Harold A. (Harold Augustus), 1945-


Baltimore (Md.)

African Americans -- Maryland -- Baltimore

Authors, American -- 20th century

McDougall, Harold A. (Harold Augustus), 1945- -- Archives

Series Description & Container List

  1. Series I. Black Baltimore

    Date: 1990-2004; bulk 1990-1995

    Extent: 1 box (1.25 linear feet)

    Description: Research materials, manuscripts, photographs, and reviews of Harold McDougall's 1993 publication, Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community (Temple University Press). Materials have been maintained in their original order at the folder level, although in some cases new folder titles have been assigned to aid users.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Correspondence 1991-1994, 1999 1 1
      Mailing lists circa 1990s 1 2
      Research files 1990, 1993 1 3
      Research files 1989, 1997 1 4
      Research files 1994 1 5
      Research files 1990 1 6
      Research files 1992, 1994 1 7
      Research files 1991, 1994 1 8
      Research files 1992 1 9
      Black Baltimore interview notes, December 2004 2004 1 10
      Meetings and activities 1993-1994 1 11
      Community newspapers and documents 1992-1993 1 12
      Feedback and edits 1992 1 13
      Original material - photographs 1993 1 14
      Reviews 1993-1995 1 15


Harold McDougall's faculty page at Howard University. Accessed November 18, 2015. http://www.law.howard.edu/429.

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