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H. Donald Spatz Papers

Identifier: R0115-HDS

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Scope and Contents

The H. Donald Spatz Papers contain materials related to Spatz' career in radio between the 1960 and 1969. The collection contains photographs and transcripts of Spatz' radio commentaries programs on WBAL-AM Radio.


  • 1960-1969


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Don Spatz (b.1913 - d. 1999) began began his long career with WBAL-AM radio in the mid-1950s. He previously worked in public relations for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Institute; and he was also a newspaper columnist, author, and radio drama writer in the 1930s. Spatz' early morning radio program on WBAL-AM was one of the longest running daily radio shows in the U.S. until it ended with his retirement in 1991.

[Some information for this historical note was gathered from the Baltimore Sun obituary for Spatz published 1999]


11.42 Linear Feet (12 containers)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged in 5 series:

  • Radio Transcripts, 1961-1991
  • Personal Papers
  • Collector's Items
  • Photography
  • Books

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by the Estate of H. Donald Spatz in May 1999.

Accessing Digital Copies

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Processing Information

Two boxes of the collection were processed by archives staff prior to 2008. The remainder of the collection was processed by Thomas Dettling in July 2023.

Finding aid for the H. Donald Spatz Papers
Finding aid created by archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2022). Revised by Thomas Dettling (2023).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA