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WMAR-TV Collection Overview

Collection Title: WMAR-TV Collection (WMAR) 

Inclusive Dates: 1948-1987

Size: 6,000,000+ feet of film and videotape

Access Restrictions: Use of audiovisual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies

Scope and Contents: Local television news footage and special programs from WMAR-TV in Baltimore

Historical Note: WMAR-TV was the first television station in Baltimore and the eleventh in the United States. Its first broadcast aired on October 30, 1947. 

Custodial History: The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Abell Communications, Inc. in 1984.

Arrangement: The collection has been organized into the following 6 series:

Series I. Raw News Footage (16 mm), 1948-1981

Series II. Raw News Footage (video), 1981-March 1987

Series III. Titled Reels

Series IV. Titled Video

Series V. Newscope

Series VI. Raw News Transferred Footage