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Rubbing Testudo's nose for luck, University of Maryland, April 14, 1994. View this item in our digital collections.

Digital Collections

at the University of Maryland Libraries


The Combined Search box find content in the following systems:   
Audiovisual Collections – Explore films, oral history, sound recordings, and other A/V media 
New Repository – Access digitized archival documents and photos, and continue to check back as we add newly digitized collections here
Legacy Repository – These digitized materials are migrating over time to the New Digital Collections Repository 

Note: Some of our collections, indicated with an asterisk, are not included in the Combined Search.

These digital objects represent a small fraction of the unique material available at the University of Maryland Libraries, so contact us to learn more about related material. Search by keyword or browse our collections from the links below. Many digitized objects are not included in designated collections and can only be discovered when searching by keyword or browsing all content.

Collecting Areas

Reporter for WOR-TV being filmed at a desk


The broadcast archives contain wide-ranging collections documenting the history of both commercial and public broadcasting in the United States. Materials cover the business of radio and television, the histories of corporations and trade organizations, the operations and programming of stations and networks, and the careers of executives, writers, performers, producers and engineers.

college of items in Distinctive Collections

Distinctive Collections

Featured and curated collections brought together from across the University of Maryland Libraries. Discover unique images, archival material and more from our STEM Library, Special Collections and beyond.

nurses holding picket signs


Includes historical records and personal papers related to labor and social justice movements in America from the late 19th century to today, including a large collection of photographs, audio recordings, video, posters, and artifacts.

Historical print with a soldier wielding a sword at women holding a "Ladies Almanack" banner

Literature and Rare Books

Literature and Rare Book collections include material dating from the 15th century to the present day. Comprising both books and archival materials, these collections span multiple languages, with subjects encompassing the humanities. Collection strengths include literary modernism, fine press printing, and history of the book.

Crowd cheering while the Nighthawks perform, photo shows the back of a guitar player

Performing Arts

Here you'll find archival visual and audio materials from UMD Libraries' collections focusing on music, dance, and theatre. Researchers can immerse themselves in recordings of performances, lectures, and interviews or browse through photographs, zines, programs, and other images that help illustrate the history of the performing arts.

Spiro Agnew reads a plaque on a white wall in Gargalianoi

Politics and Civic Life

Peek into a window of presidential and political history via presidential pool reports and digitized records and audiovisual materials documenting the political lives and work of Marylanders on the state and national stages.

Censorship marks on a post-World War II Japanese newspaper

Postwar Japan

Discover digitized photographs and records documenting the history of postwar Japan via personal archival collections and through the Gordon W. Prange Collection, the most comprehensive archive in the world of Japanese print publications issued between 1945 - 1949, the first four years of the Occupation of Japan.

detail of a historical map of Maryland

State of Maryland

We collect a variety of items to support the study of the state of Maryland. Whether interested in historical research or the current state of the state, you can find a multitude of resources to support your needs. Our collections cover a broad range of subjects and are contained within a variety of formats including state documents, literature, cookbooks, maps, newspapers, photography and much more.

Terrapin football players celebrate after a play

University Archives

University Archives is the primary repository for records that capture 150+ years of UMD history and its many facets, including but not limited to: student life; academics; administration; athletics; faculty and staff; buildings and grounds; the arts; and social movements. Researchers can access the papers of former presidents and chancellors, records related to student life, papers of alumni, athletics memorabilia, maps, university publications, oral histories, and more.

Digital Content Available Using External Tools

UMD partners with other organizations to digitize and host digital versions of some of our materials. Explore more digital content through these resources below.

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Internet Archive

The UMD, College Park's portal to digitized books at the Internet Archive. Includes textual materials such as University catalogs, yearbooks, and other campus publications; Maryland state documents; and other rare materials.

Visit our content on the Internet Archive
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Chronicling America

The UMD Libraries contribute content to the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project, an ongoing effort to digitize Maryland's newspapers. The digital material  produced through this program is accessible using Chronicling America, a searchable database of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963.

Visit Chronicling America
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American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70+ years. UMD contributes a great deal of audio and visual material that is available in this vast online database.

Visit the American Archive of Public Broadcasting
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The leading web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web. UMD routinely archives a variety of web content to enhance our unique collections.

Visit our content on Archive-It

*Collections indicated with an asterisk do not appear in our shared search interfaces and must be accessed through their own standalone searches.

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