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Citizen Schaefer Interviews

Identifier: R0034-CS

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes recorded interviews which were used to create 'Citizen Schaefer,' Maryland Public Television's 2009 documentary focused on William Donald Schaefer's career in Maryland politics. The collection materials are audiovisual and digital, and include video interviews on 25 individual DVD-R discs and interview transcripts on 1 CD-R disc. Also present is archival footage from the WMAR-TV Collection held at Special Collections and Archives. The collection includes interviews with Ben Cardin, Barbara Mikulski, Parris Glendening, Larry Gibson, Baltimore newspaper reporters, and other politicians and prominent figures in Baltimore.


  • 2008


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

The interviews in this collection were used to create 'Citizen Schaefer,' Maryland Public Television's 2009 documentary on William Donald Schaefer's career in Maryland politics.

William Donald Schaefer (b. 1921- d. 2011) was a politician (Democrat) who served as Mayor of Baltimore (1971-1986), Governor of Maryland (1987-1995), and Comptroller of Maryland (1999-2007). Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Schaefer attended school in Baltimore and graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1942. He served in U.S. Army during World War II. According to MPT, the 'Citizen Shaefer' documentary portrayed Shaefer's political career through interviews with local newspaper reporters, former aides, and political allies and rivals. The documentary also features archival television and news reports used to portray Shaefer's career in Maryland politics.

[Information for this historical note was gathered from Maryland Manual On-Line and Maryland Public Television].


0.42 Linear Feet : 25 DVD-R optical discs, 1 CD-R optical disc


Collection is arranged as an inventory.

Custodial History

Copies of the interviews were given to the University of Baltimore by Michael English of Maryland Public Television in 2009.

Related Materials

Related materials include the WMAR-TV Collection held by Special Collections and Archives.

Finding aid for the Citizen Schaefer Interviews
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (June 2020).
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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