The Joseph L. Arnold papers contain more than three decades of research on Baltimore history by the urban historian and longtime UMBC History Department faculty member. Within this collection are Dr. Arnold's manuscripts for two works on the history of Baltimore, one organized chronologically and another, thematically by ethnic/social groups. The bulk of the collection is Dr. Arnold's extensive Baltimore subject files, mostly containing reproductions from 19th century editions of the Baltimore Sun interspersed with his hand-written notes on various topics. His research interests covered the economic, social and political history of Baltimore, covering topics ranging from marriage and divorce to manufacturing, from city neighborhoods and annexation to weather and seasons, and from streetcars to sanitation. The final two series cover his chapters, articles, reviews and conference papers as well as his teaching materials. A finding aid for the collection is available online.
The Arnold papers have not been digitized. As materials are digitized they will be added to this digital collection. Some born digital files are present in the Arnold papers and may be included here as well. The main component of the digital collection is Arnold's draft manuscript of History of Baltimore, 1729-1920. Unfinished at the time of Arnold's death in 2004, the most complete versions of the chapters were copyedited and prepared into the manuscript. Dr. Elizabeth M. Nix, University of Baltimore, prepared introductions for each chapter; these introductions provided additional context and information about scholarship on the topics that have been published since 2004.