New Find! 1954 Orange Bowl Tickets

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.   

New research source

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.

Evening Star Homepage

A screen shot of the Evening Star search page

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.

You may access the database through the UMD Libraries’ Research Port at

Archives featured on UMD Right Now

Check out this new feature on UMD Right Now on the recent discovery of the Board of Trustees minutes from 1912 to 1916:  Thanks to Alana Carchedi in University Communications for a great job on this story!

You can read the full version of the minutes in University AlbUM:

Ralph Tyser, Recipient of the first “Key to the Campus”

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.

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Recent Acquisition: 1960s Football Media Guides

Today we are happy to receive a new gift from Joseph Hrezo. Maryland clemson coverJoe 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.

Check out some of our favorite covers: Football Program Covers

Larger Than Life: Testudo’s Travels in Glenwood

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.

6x6 Testudo created by Donna Johnson's 7th grade Math class, Glenwood MS.

6×6 Testudo created by Donna Johnson’s 7th grade Math class, Glenwood MS.

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.

Glenwood MS math students signing the deed of gift, thereby learning the importance of always reading the fine print.

Glenwood MS math students signing the deed of gift, thereby learning the importance of always reading the fine print.

While visiting we showed the students how the image of Testudo has changed many times since his arrival in 1933, and we shared some pizza while all of the students took turns signing the Deed of Gift. We also encouraged the students to come see the original Testudo (the once-live-now-taxidermied diamondback terrapin that was the model for the statue) in April on Maryland Day.

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!

The students and Mrs. Johnson (second from left) pose with Testudo.

The students, Mrs. Johnson (second from left), and aide Linda Brown pose with Testudo and the original drawing the students worked from. Great job all!!!

Happy Anniversary, Shuttle-UM!

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.

Shutlle-UM in processing

Records of Shuttle-UM behind the scenes:
Processing in progress

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.

Shuttle-UM schedules 1976-2004

Bus schedules for the Adelphi South route from 1976 to 2004

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.

Shuttle-UM Appreciation Day

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).

Recent Acquisition: Auzoux bug models

Auzoux bug models

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.

Auzoux moth  Auzoux caterpillar

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.

Entomology lab, 1900

Students working with the bug models at a table in the Entomology Lab, 1900. Click for a larger image – you can see both the moths and the caterpillar, as well as some kind of beetle!

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!

Presentation of Pyon Su’s diploma to the University of Maryland

Did you miss the presentation ceremony for Pyon Su’s diploma this past Friday? Check out these photographs from the event!

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Recent Acquisition: Adele H. Stamp Papers

Adele Stamp driving

Adele Stamp driving, c. 1915-1920s

Donated by Adele Stamp’s relatives, this collection provides a glimpse into Miss Stamp’s private life beyond her image as Maryland’s strict Dean of Women. Some highlights from the new accession include photographs spanning from Adele’s childhood through her retirement. An album of photos from 1912-1914 captures her life between high school and college and features some great images of Adele having fun with friends and enjoying her youth. We knew that she went on to attend Tulane University, but had never determined the exact year of her matriculation or graduation. However, in this accession, we found programs from the 1921 Tulane graduation ceremony as well as a copy of the yearbook, including Adele’s photo. With some help from the archivists at Tulane, we obtained a copy of her transcript which showed she enrolled in the fall of 1919 and graduated in the spring of 1921.

The accession also contains a letter from Adele’s older sister Emma explaining to her daughter that Adele was born about three years after her, but always pretended to be six years younger. We did some research of our own to confirm her birth year as 1890. Miss Stamp famously lied about her age (for reasons that will probably remain a mystery) and apparently decided she’d rather be a few years younger. Most of her contemporaries never knew about her secret, and even her obituary in the newspapers listed her fictional age!

In addition, we were very excited to find four letters written to Adele by a suitor, Franklin D. Day. It appears Adele and Frank met while working at summer school in College Park and exchanged letters for almost four years. We do not have any of her correspondence to Frank, so the reason behind the end of their courtship is unknown. Frank married Elizabeth Hook, the first woman to graduate from Maryland with a four-year degree, and Adele never married.

Other items of inteAdele with headbandrest in this accession include a sculpted bust of Adele, travel journals from her trips to Europe in 1912 and 1926, several university publications that include articles by Dean Stamp, a poem about her written by students on campus, newspaper clippings about her career, various awards and honors, and programs and photos from the 1983 renaming of the Stamp Student Union.

For more information, please take a look at the newly revised finding aid for the Adele H. Stamp Papers, as well as our online exhibit, Adele Stamp: Uncovered.