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Irv Chapman collection

 Collection 0588-MMC

Irving Lee Chapman was a news correspondent in Washington, D.C., and several international city bureaus, who worked for Radio Press International, ABC News, CNN News, and Bloomberg News for over 40 years. In addition, Chapman was an Anne Cavanaugh Smith professor of International Journalism and Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. This material consists of born digital daily radio newscasts and corresponding emails about current events in 2022 and 2023 for Bloomberg News.


  • October 17-November 22, 2022 and February 27-March 24, 2023

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.


236 Folders (EML message folders include the original message in MIME Email format, a plain text derivative, and one or more attachments, typically MPEG 1/2 Audio Layer 3.)

Content Description

Irving Lee Chapman was a news correspondent for over 40 years, working in Washington, D.C. and in the bureaus of several international cities. He worked for Radio Press International, ABC News, CNN News, and Bloomberg News. This is a born digital collection of radio audio recordings produced for a daily radio newscast for Bloomberg News in October 17 to November 22, 2022 and February 27 to March 24, 2023.

The materials consist of email messages that describe the radio newscast, as well as audio attachments and text derivatives of the newscasts. The material comprises a total of 328 Megabytes of Internet Message Format (EML) messages, PDF derivatives of EML messages, MBOX file, PDF derivatives of messages extracted from MBOX file, and MPEG 1/2 Audio Layer 3.

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.

This collection contains born-digital materials. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit as items may require specialized software for access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Irv Chapman on July 17, 2023.

Processing Information

Donor exported EML messages and MP3 attachments from a Comcast webmail account, saving them in five compressed ZIP folders; and exported messages and attachments as 3 MBOX files from AppleMail. Archives received these files on SanDisk Glide USB flash drive. The Electronic Records Archivist scanned the drive for viruses and analyzed the ZIP folders and MBOX files with Brunnhilde to identify and record file formats, dates, files within ZIP folders, checksums, and presence of PII or other sensitive content. When reviewed by the Electronic Records Archivist, it was determined that the initial born digital records sent by the donor were not all readable files. Readable files were retained. Outcomes of this analysis showed that 2/5 ZIP folders were readable and duplicated one another; 3/5 ZIP folders were not structured correctly and therefore unreadable; and the 3 MBOX files duplicated one another. The Electronic Records Archivist decompressed the readable ZIP folders, opened EML messages in Mozilla Thunderbird, and exported PDF derivatives and MP3 attachments for 87 messages to the born-digital processing space for collecting area review. As an outcome of the review, the collecting area decided to keep the readable files. The Electronic Records Archivist created PDF and text derivatives and extracted MP3 attachments from 1/3 MBOX files with Mailbagit, copying 63 messages and attachments to the born-digital processing space for collecting area review. The original MBOX, EML messages, MP3 attachments, and PDF/text derivatives are backed up to the local archives Born Digital Drive storage and uploaded to Academic Preservation Trust.

Guide to the Irv Chapman collection
Minimally Processed
Processed by Jennifer Gathings Eidson and Amy Wickner.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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