The University Archives recently acquired an exciting new piece of Terrapin football history: the program from the Maryland vs. Michigan State game on October 7, 1950.
This 34-7 drubbing is the only triumph over the Spartans to date and was a landmark victory for head coach Jim Tatum in his fourth season at the helm.
Here’s a full account of the game from the 1951 Terrapin yearbook:
We are excited to have the program to add to the Archives to commemorate this very special moment in B1G Terrapin football history! Stop by Hornbake Library and check out the other programs in our collection, dating back to 1923.
It’s been proven that processioning the President’s Office files of Curley Byrd can be full of surprises. For example, yesterday we came across these nearly pristine 1954 Orange Bowl tickets in a folder titled “Orange Bowl Ticket Requests For Game on January 1, 1954.” It was exciting to see that these tickets were saved, but the fact that they were kept in such great condition was a huge bonus.
The 1954 Orange Bowl game was played against Oklahoma on New Year’s day. The Terps ended up losing the game by the score of 7-0. Luckily though, the game was played after Maryland finished their regular season undefeated and had already been crowned national champions in 1953.
The UMD Libraries are pleased to announce the availability of a new electronic resource, the historical files of The Evening Star, the newspaper of record for Washington, DC, for the years 1852 to 1922. Articles in the database are full-text and fully searchable. Published under such titles as Washington Star-News and The Washington Star, this long-running daily afternoon newspaper was one of the highest profile publications in the United States.
The UMD Archives is particularly pleased that this resource has been added to the very long list of the Libraries’ searchable databases, since the Star contains a great deal of coverage of activities at the Maryland Agricultural College and the University of Maryland.
Recently we acquired two interesting pieces of University of Maryland history, including the very first “key to the campus,” which was presented to alumnus Ralph Tyser on May 22, 1992. The item that accompanied the key was Ralph Tyser’s original University of Maryland diploma from 1940.
The first key to the campus presented to Ralph Tyser
Today we are happy to receive a new gift from Joseph Hrezo. Joe gave us some old Maryland football programs from the early 1960s. These programs are great because many of them are from Maryland away games and we don’t receive many away game programs.
On the Friday before Christmas the University Archives visited Donna Johnson’s 7th grade math class at Glenwood MS in Glenwood, Maryland, in order to pick up a very special donation.
Mrs. Johnson’s students had created a 6X6 larger-than-lifesize Testudo using only a small image they found on the web and their amazing math skills. When they contacted the university to see if they could donate their work, we were more than happy to accept.
We’ve brought Testudo back home, but are still working on the best way to display this wonderful piece of math & art without risking undue damage. Our sincere thanks to Glenwood Principal David Brown, Donna Johnson, and the wonderful students we met–Jared, Jake, Jim Bob, Taylor, & Julie, and to students J.T. & Chase who worked on the project but weren’t able to meet us that day. We hope to have them visit us soon, and eventually to become undergraduate Terps!
Are you a Shuttle-UM rider? Perhaps you use the commuter service to get around campus or to the College Park Metro Station. Maybe you’ve used the security service routes or NITE Rite when it’s late and you need to get back to the dorms. Perhaps you’ve used paratransit, or ridden on a bus chartered by your athletic team or student organization. Even if you’ve never set foot on one of the red, turtle-adorned buses, you’ve probably seen them picking up and dropping off your classmates around campus.
Shuttle-UM celebrates its 40th anniversary this month! The University Archives is excited to help Shuttle-UM celebrate its ruby anniversary by introducing a new addition to its archival collection. The new records were received this past summer, and have been processed and added to the original collection (received in 1994). You can now come see records of the service’s history, administration, and operation dating all the way back to 1975 in the Maryland Room at Hornbake Library.
Nighttime security shuttle service was established by students in November 1972 in response to safety concerns. By the end of the school year, it consisted of four vans and three routes, with a yearly ridership of 65,000. The name “Shuttle-UM” was established in 1975, and by the fall of 1976, intracampus routes to the parking lots, evening Call-A-Ride (now known as NITE Ride), charter services, off-campus commuter routes and disabled transit service (now known as paratransit) had all been introduced. When the finding aid for original Records of Shuttle-UM collection, covering 1975 to 1994, was written in 1998, the service had over 30 buses and an annual ridership of over 1 million. Today, Shuttle-UM (which merged with the Department of Campus Parking in 2002 to become the Department of Transportation Services, or DOTS) has a fleet of over 60 vehicles and an annual ridership of over 3 million.
Following the recent addition, the Records of Shuttle-UM includes documents from 1975 to 2008. It contains histories of the organization, annual reports, publications (including reports, proposals, and employee handbooks and manuals), correspondence, and other administrative records. If you’re more interested in Shuttle-UM’s daily operations, you can check out over three decades worth of bus schedules and route information, as well as dispatcher logs, shift schedules, and more. For visual types, there are plenty of news clippings and slides. There are even some audio and video cassettes (remember those?) My personal favorite, however, has got to be this certificate, proclaiming November 14, 1992 (20 years ago today!) Shuttle-UM Appreciation Day in College Park.
Update: Check out our follow-up post regarding the Black Student Union and the origins of Shuttle-UM in response to Matthew Riddick’s comment (below).
The University Archives recently acquired these models of a silkworm larva and a male and female silkworm moth from Dr. Donald H. Messersmith, professor emeritus in the UMD Department of Entomology. Dr. Messersmith was responsible for their care for many years, and the Archives is delighted to take over preservation of these amazing pieces of laboratory equipment.
The models were created by the workshop of French anatomist and naturalist Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux (1797–1880) and were purchased by the Maryland Agricultural College c.1891 for use in entomology instruction. Auzoux developed a special papier-mâché technique that allowed him to create anatomically correct models of the human body and zoological and botanical specimens that could be taken apart to reveal their full structure.
Right now in the Maryland Room we have a small exhibit featuring these models and several photographs of entomology students using them. Make sure to stop by and check it out!