Shirley Povich (1905-1998) was a sports columnist and reporter for the Washington Post. He joined the Post as a copy boy, then cub reporter, and began his sports writing career in 1924. He worked as the sports editor at the Post from 1925 to 1966. He became a sports columnist in 1933 and continued in that role until his death, except for the time he spent war reporting in the Pacific Theater from 1944-45.
Povich was 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. Who's Who of American Women erroneously included Povich in 1958, which elicited many laughs from his peers and readers.
Most of his columns (originals and photocopies) are included in this collection, as well as his research in the form of his desk files. Many of his awards are preserved, and artifacts such as his press passes from various World Series and Olympic games. The collection also features Povich's photographs with Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio, and Muhammad Ali (among others).
1908-2008, and undated
Majority of material found within 1940-1999
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This collection is open for research use.
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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.
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.
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.