Visit New Football Exhibit

Calling all Terps fans! A new exhibit in Hornbake Library’s Maryland Room features a selection of photos, programs, pennants, uniforms, and more from the University Archives’ collections commemorating the football team’s 125th year. From the team’s humble beginning in 1892 to today, our Maryland Terrapins have created many memorable moments including 11 conference championships, 27 […]

via New exhibit celebrates 125 years of Maryland football — Special Collections and University Archives at UMD


Celebrating 100 years of women’s education at UMD

September 14 is a landmark day in University of Maryland history! One hundred years ago today, a young woman named Elizabeth Gambrill Hook entered the Maryland State College of Agriculture, as the University of Maryland was then known, setting the stage for the over 17,000 female students currently on campus.  The 20-year-old Hook indicated an interest in experimental work in her entrance register entry and fulfilled her dream by earning her degree in entomology in 1920, becoming the first woman to take all of her classes on campus and receive a four-year degree.

Charlotte Ann Vaux joined Elizabeth Hook on campus a few weeks later. Vaux took a two-year course in agriculture and received her degree in 1918.

Charlotte Vaux’s entry in the 1918 Reveille yearbook.

These two pioneers and other early women at Maryland are featured in a new University Archives exhibit on the first and second floors of McKeldin Library. The display chronicles the academic, athletic, and social activities of early co-eds, and also features information on the rules of behavior that female students were expected to follow. Visitors can learn more about Misses Hook and Vaux, the first sorority and women’s sports teams at Maryland, the May Day tradition, and restrictions on women’s movements around campus, guests in the dormitory, and even use of musical instruments and typewriters. The exhibit also contains examples of academic expectations for the pioneering co-eds and the story of early early rebel, Vivian Simpson.

Coeds100YearsPoster_1st floor“We Take our Hats off to you, Miss(es) Co-eds: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Education at Maryland” will remain on display outside of the Footnotes Café on the first floor and in the Portico Lounge on the second floor of McKeldin through mid-January 2017. Stop by and learn more about these amazing women from 100 years ago!

This is a post in our series on Terrapin Tales called UMD123! Similar to our “ABC’s of UMD” series in fall 2015, posts in this series will take a look at the university’s history “by the numbers.” New posts will come out twice a month throughout the fall; on the Terrapin Tales blog, search “UMD123” or use the UMD123 tag. You can also check out Twitter#UMD123. If you want to learn more about campus history, you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.



Election Memorabilia on Campus

Primary season is in full gear as we approach the November general election! Do you collect campaign buttons or posters? How about hats with your candidate’s face on the top? As you keep abreast of the twist and turns of this year’s campaigns, take a look at the memorabilia that McKeldin Library displayed ahead of the 1968 election. That year, University graduate student Dale E. Wagner’s collection traveled to the Democratic and Republican conventions before making its way back to McKeldin Library.

Photo of Dale E. Wagner with his memorabilia by Howard Lalos

The Diamondback reported that Wagner’s buttons, ribbons, posters, and mementos dated back to the election of 1840 (William Henry Harrison vs. Martin Van Buren). McKeldin Library’s exhibit also featured recordings of famous speeches by presidents such as Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy. As the article notes, the humorous, often satirical 1968 campaign buttons quickly drew the attention of “the non-history major.” What are some of your favorites from the 1968 campaign (see below)?



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The most controversial item: Article author Tom Basham writes that the average reaction to the We Love Mayor Daley (former Democratic mayor of Chicago) sign is “What the hell is that thing doing in there?” Photo by Howard Lalos.

The Diamondback is the university’s primary student newspaper and records the voice of the student body. The University Archives has embarked on a digitization project to make articles like this one (see below) accessible online for future enjoyment and research. Thanks to generous donations and a successful Launch UMD initiative, the University Archives is on track to make all of these articles available and searchable in 2016. This post is the sixth in a series by graduate student assistant Jen Wachtel is collecting data for the project. Check out the Twitter hashtag #digiDBK or the DigiDBK tag on the blog for previous posts. Don’t forget to check out the current University Archives display honoring the 70th anniversary of Gymkana on the first floor of McKeldin Library by the elevator and in the Portico Lounge on the second floor!



ABC’s of UMD: Letter B

B is for BAND!

The first band, formed in 1908, consisted of 25 musicians: 2 clarinets, 4 cornets, 2 alto horns, 3 trombones, 1 baritone, 2 basses, 2 drums, and cymbals.This ensemble was an outgrowth of earlier mandolin and glee clubs the students had formed, beginning in the 1890s, and was designed to “beef up a slack Military Department,” according to the Reveille yearbook.

First MAC band, 1908.
First MAC band, 1908.

Today’s Mighty Sound of Maryland,one of the most visible embodiments of Terrapin spirite, is comprised of over 250 players and is joined by auxiliary units of silks, twirlers, dancers, and cannoneers. Over the years, the band has performed at countless football games and other athletic contests, marched in parades across the country, including four presidential inaugural parades and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2000, and played for many special guests, including H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth.

You can find some of the band’s performances online this semester as part of our posts on UMD’s most recognizable songs. Halftime shows during football season often appear on YouTube as well.

You can also find more information about the history of the UMD marching band in the University Archives’ exhibit “Musical Milestones” on the first and second floors of McKeldin Library. Find more information about the display here.

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This is the second 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.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

Want more? Here’s the Letter C!

New Exhibit: “Musical Milestones: The History of the University of Maryland Marching Band”

The beginnings of the marching band on campus
The beginnings of the marching band on campus

Visitors to McKeldin Library can now view a new University Archives exhibit featuring the achievements of the marching band. “Musical Milestones,” adapted from a large-scale exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the band in 2008, highlights the group’s rich history from a small band of Maryland Agricultural College cadets to the current Mighty Sound of Maryland.

The exhibit includes many notable “firsts,” including the first cadet band from 1908, the first performance of the Victory Song, the first female band members, the first black drum major, and the first female drum major. Other images portray the variety of events in which the band has participated over the years, spanning from homecoming celebrations to special occasions like Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Those familiar with the band will recognize photographs of popular field formations, traditions, and slogans.

Featured material items in the exhibit cases include the baton used by drum major and twirler Murray McCollough in the 1940s and two styles of hats worn by band members — a cadet hat from 1914 and the most recent Mighty Sound of Maryland hat and shako.

In addition to the first floor cases, photographs are also on display in the second-floor portico lounge. “Musical Milestones” will be on view in McKeldin through the entire fall semester until January 2016.

UMD’s Katrina Connection

Today, as the nation marks the 10th anniversary of landfall for Hurricane Katrina, we honor the contribution that the Mighty Sound of Maryland, the university’s marching band, made to recovery from that devastating storm.

Shortly after the band performed in support of the Terps’ win at the Champs Sports Bowl on December 29, 2006, 250 members of the band loaded all their equipment and uniforms along with work clothes and tools into five black UMD buses and headed west for New Orleans. Inspired by the Musicians’ Village project, the brainchild of Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, the MSOM spent a week helping construct new housing so NOLA’s players could return to the city famous for its music.

When they weren’t busy building houses, band members had numerous opportunities to perform, including at the kickoff to Carnival season in front of City Hall and as part of the Krewe of Alla’s Mardi Gras parade. The band also had a chance to meet Marsalis and Connick, who visited their worksite to thank the MSOM for the contribution to the relief efforts.

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Following their return home, many band members commented on the impact the trip had on them personally, among them saxophonist Mike Loveless, who told TERP magazine in 2007: “I can’t tell you the number of times people asked what we were doing and then thanked us for our help. It was sort of overwhelming.”

You can find more of the history of the UMD marching band in the new exhibit “Musical Milestones” on display on the first and second floors of McKeldin Library through January 2016.

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Royal Remembrances

Just a reminder—In conjunction with the University Archives’ current exhibit in McKeldin Library, “Royal Remembrances: Celebrating Maryland’s Queen for a Day,” the Archives will be hosting a special event, “Memories of the Queen’s Game,” on October 3 from 1 to 3:30 PM in the Special Events Room in McKeldin.   The event is open to the entire campus community and will feature recollections from President Elkins’ daughters Carole and Margaret, who sat in the royal box in Byrd Stadium, and two members of the 1957 Terrapin football team, LeRoy Dietrich and Gene Verardi, who played in front of the Queen.  The event begins with a light lunch/tea at 1 PM and concludes with a showing of the hour-long, 2007 documentary, “Maryland’s Queen for a Day,” created by UMD alumnus Mike Springirth to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this landmark game.We hope you will be able to join the UMD Archives staff for this very special afternoon.

To whet your appetite, here are a few details about the big day!

Queen Elizabeth II and Dr. Elkins at football game
Queen Elizabeth II with Dr. Elkins at a UMD football game.


On October 19, 1957, just four years after her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II visited the University of Maryland. The Queen was on a tour of Canada and the United States, and wanted to see a “typical American sport.” Our campus was selected as a spot to watch an American college football game, and so Queen Elizabeth and her consort Prince Phillip made their way to Byrd Stadium.

Program for the Queen's Game
Queen’s Game program cover.

The 1958 Terrapin yearbook staff wrote about the day:

A ‘Royal’ atmosphere produced a royal game today as the spirited Terps struck for three second half touchdowns to defeat Jim Tatum and the favored North Carolina Tar Heels 21-7. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, were among the 45,000 fans who packed Byrd Stadium to see the Terps score an upset.”

See photographs and more memories here, here, and here in the yearbook.

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Ticket stub from the Queen’s Game.

Thanks to our football digitization project, you can watch the football game, which includes footage of the Queen and Prince Phillip. Watch the first half and the second half.

See a Universal Newsreel report about the event here.

If you miss the October 3 event, you can check out Mike Springirth’s full documentary, “Maryland’s Queen for a Day”, from the library here.

The “Royal Remembrances” exhibit will be on display on the first and second floors of McKeldin Library through the end of the fall 2014 semester.

Queen Elizabeth with the Terps football captains
Gene Alderton (#51) and Jack Healy (#23), co-captains of the University of Maryland football team, standing with Queen Elizabeth and Governor Theodore McKeldin, October 19, 1957. The Tar Heel captains are to the left in white.