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Exhibitions in Special Collections and University Archives

The Special Collections and University Archives exhibition program features thematic displays of our unique collections. The exhibitions cover on a wide range of subjects and are composed of books, manuscripts, ephemera, three-dimensional objects, and multi-media items. Special Collections and University Archives also sponsors a number of outreach programs in support of our major Maryland Room Gallery Exhibitions.

Smaller, more frequently rotating exhibitions are on display inside the Maryland Room. Topics vary and use resources found within our archival and rare collections. 

Visit us on the first floor of Hornbake Library.

All exhibits are free to the public.

Current Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition Poster for Made Possible By Viewers Like You, Maryland Public Television Turns 50

Made Possible by Viewers Like You:
Maryland Public Television Turns 50

Since 1969, Maryland Public Television (née the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting) has created original public programming designed to serve the educational, cultural, and entertainment interests of Maryland citizens. Over the last five decades, MPT has earned both regional and national acclaim, becoming one of the nation’s top producing PBS stations and maintaining consistently high production standards with programs that have been viewed worldwide.

In 2019, MPT celebrates its 50th  anniversary with an exhibit that illustrates the station’s origins, showcases the best of its programs through artifacts and digitized videos, and gives visitors behind-the-scenes glimpses into the impressive array of ideas, people, and technology that have helped make MPT a national leader in public television and a treasured resource for the state.

September 2019 - July 2020

Online Exhibitions

Featured exhibition

Katherine Anne Porter:
Correspondence from the Archives, 1912-1977

This exhibition and database features material from the Katherine Anne Porter holdings in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland. This material was digitized as part of the Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence Project. The project includes digital surrogates of approximately 3,800 articles of correspondence which spans the years of 1912-1977.

Katherine Anne Porter’s correspondence documents her life and her career as fiction writer, provides context and resources for the study of her work, and shares insightful perspectives on many cultural and historical events of the twentieth century. Her friends and acquaintances included fellow writers, publishers, artists, cultural figures, and politicians.The digitized collection of Porter correspondence includes sources for literary study and accounts of political, social, and cultural history she experienced that are of interest to members of the general public as well as to scholars in a wide range of academic disciplines. Because Porter preferred typing to handwriting when composing correspondence, the vast majority of included materials are typewritten letters, often with handwritten notes added in the margins. The digitized collection also includes letters that are wholly handwritten as well as picture postcards, telegrams, greeting cards, annotated newspaper and periodical clippings, sketches, and more.

Portrait of Katherine Anne Porter