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University of Maryland History

An introduction to primary and secondary resources on the history of the University of Maryland available from Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library.

Resources on University of Maryland History

Welcome to the Resource Guide to University of Maryland History

Special Collections and University Archives houses a rich selection of materials covering all aspects of University of Maryland History. To get started, use the tabs at the top of the page, or the links below to view:

The University Archives serves as the collective memory of the University of Maryland, from the granting of the charter for the Maryland Agricultural College on March 6, 1856, to the present day.

Established by the University of Maryland Libraries in 1972, University Archives is the official repository for all of the university's permanent records and actively gathers administrative files, university publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, faculty papers, theses & dissertations, and memorabilia that document all aspects of campus life.

The Maryland Room

Located on the first floor of Hornbake Library North, the Maryland Room serves as the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives. All materials from our collections must be viewed in the reading room.

The Maryland Room is open to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff; faculty, students, and staff from other colleges and universities; local, national, and international scholars; and members of the general public. You do not need an appointment to view materials in the Maryland Room.  

Materials accessed in the Maryland Room are only available to view in the reading room, and do not circulate.  For directions, hours, and other information, please visit the Maryland Room homepage.  

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