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Shirley Povich papers

 Collection 0034-MMC-LAB
Shirley Povich began his sportswriting career in 1924, having joined The Washington Post in 1922. He worked as the sports editor at The Post for forty-one years, not including the time he spent war reporting in the Pacific Theater from 1944--1945. Most of these columns are included (photocopies and original copies) in the collection. Povich was a decorated sportswriter, having been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and elected to the National Sportswriter Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also a recipient of the Red Smith Award in 1983. In 1958, Povich was included in the Who's Who of American Women, which elicited many laughs from his peers and readers. Many of these awards are included in the collection, which also includes artifacts such as his press passes from various World Series and Olympic games. The collection also features photographs of Povich with Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio, and Muhammad Ali (among others). Notable topics include Clark Griffith, Povich's writings from throughout the years in magazine and newspaper form, and his personal research in the form of his desk files.


  • 1908-2008, and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1999

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


26.00 Linear Feet


Organized as eight series:
Series 1
Povich columns
Series 2
Desk Files
Series 3
Series 4
Works and Manuscripts
Series 5
War Reporting
Series 6
Notebooks/Address Book/Boarding Passes
Series 7
Series 8

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The College of Journalism transferred the Shirley Povich papers to the Library of American Broadcasting, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries in November of 2009.

Processing Information

Materials were placed into acid-free folders and put into an acid-free boxes. Photographs were put into plastic sleeves and if need be, unrolled and flattened. Newspapers were photocopied on acid-free paper.
Guide to the Shirley Povich papers
Processed by Katie Galella
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
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College Park Maryland 20742