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Collection number:
1.75 linear feet
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

This collection consists of holograph and printed invitations to various cultural, social, and official functions held at the Maryland Agricultural College and at the University of Maryland. Events represented include commencements, teas, dances, dedications of buildings and other facilities, receptions, and testimonial dinners.

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Invitations, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Historical Note

This record group consists of invitations pertaining mainly to events held at or sponsored by the University of Maryland.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The invitations cover the years 1895-1979, 1986-1991, 1993-2015. Events represented include commencement exercises, dances, class banquets, parties, rural women's short course activities, teas, building dedications, and lectures held by Maryland Agricultural College and the University of Maryland.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

It is unclear when these materials were originally received by the University of Maryland Libraries. Invitations received since 1972 have been added to the record group as appropriate.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Addenda incorporated and guide revised by: Michelle DeMartino, May 1998, Sarah Keller, July 2015.

Processing note:

The invitations were placed into one series. Paper clips and staples were removed and replaced by plastic clips. The materials have been placed in acid-free folders and an acid-free box.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, April 2006. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, January 2009. Edited by Sarah Keller, July 2015.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized as 1 series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Invitations, 1895-1979, 1986-1991, 1993-2015 (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains invitations to various events held by the University of Maryland. The majority of invitations relate to commencement activities. There are also a number of invitations to dances held by classes, sororities, and fraternities. Other events represented include the rural women's short course, building dedication ceremonies, lectures, teas, and other social events. The series is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Invitations, 1895-1910 series 1box 1folder 1
Invitations, 1911-1919 series 1box 1folder 2
Invitations, 1920-1929 series 1box 1folder 3
Invitations, 1930-1939 series 1box 1folder 4
Invitations, 1940-1949 series 1box 1folder 5
Invitations, 1950-1959 series 1box 1folder 6
Invitations, 1970-1979 series 1box 1folder 7
Invitations, 1986-1989 series 1box 2folder 1
Invitations, 1990-1991, 1993-1996 series 1box 2folder 2
Invitations, 1997-1999 series 1box 2folder 3
Invitations, 2000 series 1box 2folder 4
Invitations, 2001 series 1box 2folder 5
Invitations, 2002 series 1box 2folder 6
Invitations, 2003 series 1box 2folder 7
Invitations, 2004 series 1box 3folder 1
Invitations, 2005 series 1box 3folder 2
Invitations, 2006 series 1box 3folder 3
Invitations, 2006 series 1box 3folder 4
Invitations, 2007 series 1box 3folder 5
Invitations, 2007 series 1box 3folder 6
Invitations, 2008 series 1box 4folder 1
Invitations, 2009 series 1box 4folder 2
Invitations, 2010 series 1box 4folder 3
Invitations, 2010 series 1box 4folder 4
Invitations, 2011-2012 series 1box 4folder 5
Invitations, 2013 series 1box 4folder 6
Invitations, 2014-2015 series 1box 4folder 7

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