Inside the Baltimore City Archives warehouse, Siobhan Hagan sorts through a wooden crate filled with old film canisters.
It’s a small part of the archives of WJZ television — thousands of reels of film and videotapes from broadcasts dating back decades.
Somewhere in these reels, Ella Fitzgerald enthuses over her creative partnership with Baltimore band leader Chick Webb. Hundreds of hours of tape show a young Oprah Winfrey finding her television feet as a local news anchor.
There are investigative reports on blockbusting, footage of the 1968 riots, copies of "The Buddy Deane Show," and scores of interviews with everyday Baltimoreans — slices of life from an era...