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William Hughes Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R0053-HUG

Scope and Contents

The William Hughes Papers include materials related William Hughes’ work as a newspaper contributor, radio commentator, and Irish-American activist. In addition to textual materials, the collection includes 19 audio and 6 video tapes. Textual materials include writings such as articles, commentaries, columns, essays, in addition to letters to the editor, correspondence, and political items. The audio and video tapes document Hughes' interviews on radio and television, guest appearences, and news conferences in addition to a recording of Hughes' testimony on the MacBride Principles Bill before Baltimore City Council in 1993. Also present are a biography, and photograph of Hughes.


  • 1990-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

William Hughes was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 23, 1937 and grew up in Locust Point. He graduated from Calvert Hall High School in 1955 and worked as a longshoreman before earning his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1964. In 1966, Hughes was a Special Assistant State's Attorney. From 1969 to 1981, he served in the City Solicitor's Office of Baltimore, and as Chief of its Litigation Division from 1977 to 1981. He has taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law and Dundalk Community College.

Hughes made a name for himself as an Irish-American activist and commentator on Irish nationalism. He wrote for the Baltimore City Paper, Maryland Life Magazine, and the Baltimore Chronicle, and was a radio commentator for WBAI's Radio Free Eireann in New York City from 1994 to 1997. He is the author of Creating a New Ireland: A Tribute to the Irish Lobby, a collection of essays on Irish freedom, and other works.


2.00 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Collection is described as an inventory.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by William Hughes on July 31, 2001.

Finding aid for the William Hughes Papers
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections and Archives staff after acquisition. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2022).
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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