H is for HORNBAKE!
Hornbake Library, the home of the UMD Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives, originally opened in 1972 as the Undergraduate Library. The building was re-named for Dr. R. Lee Hornbake in 1980. Dr. Hornbake began his career at the university as a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Education and rose through the ranks of the administration to become vice president for academic affairs for the University of Maryland System, the position he held at the time of his retirement in 1979.
In his letter recommending the name change, Dr. George Callcott, professor of history and former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, described Hornbake as a “consistent spokesman of the finest academic values” and as “a major force within the University, some would say the primary force, for personal integrity, for service to students, and for scholarly excellence.” He was the person to whom University of Maryland presidents and other campus colleagues turned in times of great challenge, and he continued to serve the university in many high-profile capacities even after his retirement.
Hornbake Library houses the Libraries’ manuscripts, rare books, resources on the state of Maryland, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, the University Archives, Library Media Services, and other special collections. Many of these treasures are quite rare or are, in some cases, unique in the world.
This is the eighth post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.
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