Homecomings of Yesteryear: 1948

In the last few years the University Archives has digitized over 1,000 reels of football film.  In addition to capturing the program’s history, the footage also serves as a window into the campus’ past.  One such film is from October 16, 1948, the annual Homecoming Game.  That year saw the Terps take on rival Duke at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., where Maryland played their 1948 home contests while Byrd Stadium was being built.  In this beautiful color footage, you can see the marching band in all its glory, the crowning of Miss Jean Farmer as Homecoming Queen, and a very early Testudo mascot protecting her from the Blue Devil.  Below is a link to that amazing footage, as well as a link to the documentation of that year’s celebration in the Terrapin yearbook.

UMDvsDuke1948-program cover
Program cover for the October 16, 1948 Homecoming game versus Duke. This program and many others are housed in our University Publications collection.

1948 Homecoming vs. Duke–restored color film

The Terrapin Yearbook Documents 1948 Homecoming


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