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Sam Ford WJLA videotapes

 Collection 0566-MMC

This collection consists of Betacam-format video tapes of local news reports by reporter Sam Ford from WJLA-TV between 1990 and 2005, primarily in the 1990s. WJLA-TV is a local Washington, DC-based television news broadcasting station affiliated with ABC.


  • circa 1989-2005

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the special collections reading room staff.


9 Linear Feet (6 Paige boxes of Betacam video tapes)

220 Videocassettes : Betacam

Biographical / Historical

Sam Ford was born on May 29, 1953 in Coffeyville, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1974 with a B.S. in journalism. He later studied journalism at the graduate level at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

In 1974, Ford was hired as a reporter/announcer on both KSJN (Minnesota Public Radio) and KMSP-TV (an ABC affiliate). He then worked as a reporter at WCCO-TV (a CBS affiliate), where he wrote and produced the first of many African American history features. He spent nine years as a reporter for CBS News, before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1987 to work for ABC News. Ford worked his way up the ranks at ABC News and was promoted to bureau chief for the WJLA-TV/ABC7 Network.

In 1975, Ford was one of the forty-four founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists in Washington, D.C. He has a number of journalistic awards and several regional Emmys.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Bill Rice on September 14, 2018. The tapes were given to Bill Rice by Sam Ford, a colleague who was a reporter at WJLA News.

Processing Information

This colleciton is unprocessed. The tapes are stored in record storage boxes. No inventory exists, besides a list of clips found on the outside of each idividual tape.

Sam Ford WJLA Videotapes
Biographical note written by Jim Baxter. Finding aid created by Liz Caringola.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742