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University Archives

The University Archives captures the day-to-day functioning of a highly complex research institution in all its many facets: administration, academics, athletics, the arts, and other student activities. The University Archives is a key resource for the history and present activities of the University of Maryland, especially the College Park campus.

Black student protest, University of Maryland, 1968

Collection Strengths

The University Archives is the repository for a broad range of materials, documenting the history and present activities of the University of Maryland, and in particular, the College Park campus. The holdings of the University Archives are strongest in the post-1916 period, including

  • administrative files
  • faculty and administrators' papers
  • university publications
  • theses and dissertations
  • photographs
  • audiovisual materials
  • memorabilia

Research Guides


This material is non-circulating and only accessible in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library. Some material is available digitally. 


Portrait of Lae'l Hughes-Watkins

Lae'l Hughes-Watkins

Associate Director, EL and Reparative Archiving (Librarian III)
Portrait of Natalie Trapuzzano

Natalie Trapuzzano

University Archivist (Librarian I)

History Links

Explore exhibits and websites that share a variety of histories of the University of Maryland, its students, departments, faculty, staff and community. 


Visit our galleries in the Hornbake and Michelle Smith Performing Arts Libraries for current exhibitions and explore digital exhibitions online. 


Support Special Collections and University Archives by contributing to one of our unique gift funds or by donating material. 

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