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Bill Marker Papers

Identifier: R0176-BMPC

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection documents local Baltimore City elections, Maryland state elections, and national elections through Democratic party candidates' political campaign materials between 1976-2022. Personal and political papers were added after the original donation. The collection includes 118 campaign posters, campaign signs, and voting signs; 21 political t-shirts; and campaign ephemera such as proposals and collected campaign pens. The bulk of the collection consists of campaign signs which have been organized into three series by election type: national, state, and local. In total there are 22 national election signs and posters; 51 Maryland state elections signs and posters; and 45 local Baltimore City elections signs and posters. The series containing political t-shirts includes 21 total shirts that relate to local, state, and national campaigns which Mr. Marker attended. The Ephemera series contains items from Bill Marker's local election candidacy. The Personal and Political Papers series includes 6 linear feet of textual records documenting South Baltimore neighborhood planning issues in Pigtown/ Washington Village, Cherry Hill, and Ridgley's Delight; the Marylanders for Sports Sanity's grassroots fight against the baseball stadium at Camden Yards; MPEC labor union issues; the campaign records of the Friends of Bill Marker; and a set of 10 rolled Baltimore City Council District maps. Marker collected and created this material between the 1970s and 2022.


  • 1976-2022

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of this collection to the University Foundation. However, copyright for some items collected by the donor in this collection may be held by their respective creators.

Biographical Note

Bill Marker is a Baltimore City resident, lawyer, and local politician. He is a long-time Pigtown/ Barre Circle resident and he previously lived in the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood. As a Southwest Baltimore resident for more than 40 years, Marker is a community and political activist and contributed to numerous community groups such as the Citizens of Pigtown, the Board of the Southwest Partnership, Inc., the 10th District Leadership Group, the Board of Friends of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Economic and Community Development Subcommittee of the Baltimore Casino Local Development Committee, and others.

Bill Marker earned his B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and his J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School in 1976. He was the Charter Specialist with Maryland’s State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) for more than twenty years.

Marker has run for political office multiple times, including as a Democrat to represent District 10 in the Baltimore City Council. He has also endorsed numerous Democratic candidates in their political campaigns for local, state, and national elections and collected political campaign signs and related ephemera.


36.60 Linear feet (36 boxes, 4 oversize folders, 10 sets of rolled maps)

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Collection is organized in six series:

  • National Elections, 1976-2017
  • State Elections, 1983-2020
  • Baltimore City Local Elections, 1982-2020
  • Political T-shirts, 1983-2020
  • Ephemera, circa 2016-2022
  • Personal and Political Papers, 1981-2022

Custodial History

Collection was donated by Bill Marker to the University of Baltimore Foundation on August 6, 2021. Eight additional accessions to the collection were received between 2022 and 2023. 3 linear feet of records from the Baltimore Heritage Records (Series 9A) were transferred into the collection December 20, 2022.

Related Materials

Baltimore Heritage Records, Series 9A, Boxes 10: Ridgley's Delight Community Association

Processing Information

Original collection processed by Laura Bell in 2021. Textual records processed by Thomas Dettling in 2022. Accrual 09 (27 linear feet) is uninventoried.


Finding aid for the Bill Marker Papers
Finding aid prepared by Laura Bell (2021). Revised by Laura Bell and Aiden Faust (2022).
September 2021
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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