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Memorial Chapel records


Memorial Chapel records
Memorial Chapel
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6.50 linear feet; 139 photographs; 8 items
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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:

Dedicated on October 6, 1952, the Memorial Chapel honors members of the University of Maryland community who lost their lives serving in the United States armed forces. Chaplains, who are appointed by their various denominations and religions, administer the chapel, which is non-denominational. The collection contains reports, statistics, calendars, publications, articles, correspondence (letters and emails), invoices, photographs, slides, blueprints, reservation forms, schedules, contracts, brochures, programs, meeting minutes, registers, and ledgers. The collection represents a wealth of information on the various denominations and faiths that are represented on the campus as well as on the functions held at the chapel and the activities of the chapel staff.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


Yes, some files in this collection are restricted. Please contact the Archives and Manuscripts Department for more information.

Preferred citation:

Memorial Chapel records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

In 1942, students at the University of Maryland campus began petitioning for the construction of an inter-denominational, memorial chapel on the College Park campus. The community at large became engaged, and as a result, on October 6, 1952 the university formally dedicated the Memorial Chapel. The chapel honors members of the University of Maryland community who lost their lives while serving in the United States armed forces. No state appropriations were used to build the chapel; support for the construction came from donations and gifts as well as from surplus university income.

Over the years, the chapel has continued to commemorate members of the university community who have lost their lives in the U.S. armed forces. A beautifully bound Roll of Honor, commonly known as the Memorial Book, lists the names of 209 students and alumni who graduated from the university between the years 1919 and 1950 and lost their lives during military service. The chapel's 1952 dedication ceremony included the display of this book. The book remained on display for nearly 50 years before being transferred to the University of Maryland for safe keeping. In addition to the Memorial Book, a Vietnam Memorial was constructed in 1988 on the south side of the chapel. There have been numerous Veterans' day services held at the chapel since it was built. A recent service on November 11, 2004 included a candlelight vigil in memory of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Currently, the chapel is non-denominational and has fourteen chaplains who are appointed by their various denominations and religions. Throughout its tenure on campus, it has been managed by a variety of people and departments. It was first managed under the Office of the President with the executive secretary for many years being Jim Youmans. It then transferred to the Conference and Visitor Services under Student Affairs with Nick Kovalakides being the Campus Visitor Advocate. It is now managed by the Campus Programs unit of the Stamp Student Union in the Division of Student Affairs, with Megan Dillard being the Chapel Coordinator.

Some interesting facts about the history of chapel: Henry Powel Hopkins was the architect for the chapel, and he also designed and made a complete silver communion set to be used in its services. The first funeral recorded was for UMCP Registrar Alma Prienkart, whose un-solved murder in 1954 was a shock to the community. In the wedding registers that were kept by the chapel, the first wedding to be listed was for Albert E. Statt and Helen Ann Bump on November 27, 1952. Additionally, there have been generous gifts made to the chapel. They include the Mollr Organ housed in the Main Chapel, the Carillonic Bells, the Memorial Garden, the above mentioned Communion Silver Set, some Brass Alter Pieces, an Embroidered Altar Cloth, and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. This last item was built largely from the funds of a Mr. Thomas Pangborn of Hagerstown, MD who was a long time friend of the University.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Memorial Chapel date from 1952-2006 with the bulk of the material covering 1970-1990 and 2003-2005. The collection includes reports, computer punch cards, statistics, calendars, publications, correspondence (letters and emails), invoices, photographs, slides, blueprints, reservation forms, schedules, contracts, brochures, programs, meeting minutes, registers, ledgers and information on the various denominations and faiths that are represented on the campus.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries received the records of the Memorial Chapel in two accessions. The first on March 6, 2002 from Julie Luce, then Chapel Coordinator and the second on June 30, 2006 from Megan Dillard, the current Chapel Coordinator.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Alicia Reinhardt, May 2007

Processing note:

The records have been placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Metallic paper clips, and other metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips over strips of acid-free paper. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper and discarded. Acid-free paper was interleaved between documents that appeared to be made of acidic paper. Duplicate copies of documents were also discarded. Binders were deconstructed with the records and their dividers placed within acid free folders. Copies were made of the front of folders that had information written on them, they were kept with the material from their folder

Photographs, slides, negatives and oversized material were removed from the records and placed in separate locations. Photographs, slides and negatives were placed within Mylar sleeves and oversized material was placed between acid free mats. Acid free separation sheets were left in the folders in place of these items. Copies were also kept with the original material.

Restricted documents have been pulled from their original folders and placed in separate folders so that patrons can view the files in which these documents are found. A sheet of acid-free paper with a brief notation denotes the original place of these restricted documents in the folders. Only the folders that contain the restricted documents are marked as RESTRICTED.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Alicia Reinhardt, May 2007.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized in three series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1952-2006 (6.5 linear feet)

This series contains reports, statistics, calendars, publications, correspondence, invoices, photographs, slides, blueprints, reservation forms, schedules, contracts, brochures, programs, meeting minutes, registers and ledgers recording the baptisms, deaths and weddings and information on the various denominations and faiths that are represented on the campus. In addition to the death register, there are two folders that address the memorial services held in the chapel over the years. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Records of note: computer punch cards, a full blueprint to the Mller Organ and the Memorial Garden, and a topographical map of campus.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
2nd Annual Report - Vice President's Commission on Student Administration Relationships, 1968-1969 series 1box 1folder 1
Annual Report [Campus Guest Service], 1991-1998 series 1box 1folder 2
Archive Index File, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Baptism Register, July 1958- September 1987 series 1box 1folder 4
Calendars/ General Information, undated series 1box 1folder 5
Calendars/ General Information -- Academic Calendar, 1997-2003 series 1box 1folder 6
Calendars/ General Inormation -- Clergy, undated series 1box 1folder 7
Calendars/ General Information -- Directions, undated series 1box 1folder 8
Calendars/ General Information -- Dining, Lodging, August 1999, May 1996 series 1box 1folder 9
Calendars/ General Information -- Fees, 1997 series 1box 1folder 10
Calendars/ General Information -- Football Scholarship, 1997 series 1box 1folder 11
Calendars/ General Information -- Sports Scholarship, Spring, 1997 series 1box 1folder 12
Calendars/ General Information -- Special Info, 1997 series 1box 1folder 13
Calendars/ General Information -- Visitor Center, 1997-1999 series 1box 1folder 14
Calendars/ General Information -- Worship Services, 1997-1999 series 1box 1folder 15
Calendars/ General Information -- Wedding Brochure, undated series 1box 1folder 16
Calendars/ General Information -- Chapel Rental, 1996 series 1box 1folder 17
Calendars/ General Information -- Seating Chart, 1995 series 1box 1folder 18
Calendars/ General Information -- Marriage License Info, 1996 series 1box 1folder 19
Calendars/ General Information -- Notes, 1997 series 1box 1folder 20
Campus Crusade For Christ, 1974-1978 [Restricted] series 1box 1folder 20
CARP - Unification Church -- [Collegiate Association for the Research of the Principle] (Includes Oversize), 1975-1982 series 1box 1folder 21
CARP - Unification Church -- Unification File -- [Collegiate Association for the Research of the Principle], 1988 series 1box 1folder 22
Chapel Bells -- Clock, 1991 series 1box 2folder 1
Chapel Bells -- Clock - Bells invoices and Correspondence, 1991-1996 series 1box 2folder 2
Chapel History, 1961-2001 series 1box 2folder 3
Chapel History -- Handicap Issues (Memorial Chapel), 1980-1981 series 1box 2folder 4
Chapel History -- Religious Freedom, 1977-1983 series 1box 2folder 5
Chapel History -- Chapel Renovations, 1982-1984 series 1box 2folder 6
Chapel History -- Chapel Photographs and News Articles, 1979-2000 series 1box 2folder 7
Chapel - Information, 1986, 1987 series 1box 2folder 8
Chapel Information -- [Chapel Assistant Guide], 1988-1989 series 1box 2folder 9
Chapel Information -- [Chapel Memorial Book Information], February 18, 1960 series 1box 2folder 10
Chapel Information -- Chapel Silver Theft, July 16, 1969 series 1box 2folder 11
Chapel -- Letters, 1989-1992 [Restricted] series 1box 2folder 12
Chapel -- Notes, 1988-1991 [Restricted] series 1box 2folder 13
Chapel -- Policies and Positions, 1952-1991 [Restricted] series 1box 3folder 1
[Chapel] -- Policy Governing Use, 1958, 1978, 1983, 1989 series 1box 3folder 2
[Chapel Pupose and Policy], 1952, 1984, 1991 series 1box 3folder 3
Chapel Rates, undated series 1box 3folder 4
Chapel -- Requests, 1989-1990 series 1box 3folder 5
Chapel -- Reservations, April 1989 - December 1990 series 1box 3folder 6
[Chaplain Assistant Packet], January - June 2003 [Restricted] series 1box 3folder 7
[Chaplain Assistant Packet], July - December 2003 [Restricted] series 1box 3folder 8
[Chaplain Assistant Packet], January - June 2004 [Restricted] series 1box 4folder 1
[Chaplain Assistant Packet], July - December 2004 [Restricted] series 1box 4folder 2
[Chaplain Assistant Packet], May 23, 2005 - July 10, 2005 [Restricted] series 1box 4folder 3
[Chaplain Assistant Packet], July 11, 2005 - January 2, 2006 [Restricted] series 1box 4folder 4
Chaplaincies, 1978, 1984 series 1box 5folder 1
Choir! Choirs! Choirs!, 1995-1997 series 1box 5folder 2
Commencement Information -- (Chaplains), May 1981- December 1988 series 1box 5folder 3
Commencement -- [Programs], May 1984 - December 1986 series 1box 5folder 4
Death Register, September 1959 - November 1984 series 1box 5folder 5
Divine Light Mission, March, 1974 series 1box 5folder 6
Divine Light Mission - Church of the Living God, 1988 [Restricted] series 1box 5folder 7
Donated Items, 1995-2000 [Restricted] series 1box 5folder 8
Donations, 1961-2001 [Restricted] series 1box 5folder 9
Donations -- [General Acknowledgment Letters], 1994, 1996, 2000 [Restricted] series 1box 5folder 10
Donations -- Gift Receipt Forms, (Chapel) Moller Pipe Organ Fund, 1980-1982 [Restricted] series 1box 5folder 11
Donations -- Piano Fund, 1984-1986 [Restricted] series 1box 5folder 12
Events, 2001 series 1box 6folder 1
Events - ACURA -- [Association for the Coordination of University Religious Affairs], 1973, 1981-1986 series 1box 6folder 2
Fiscal Matters, October 27, 1987 series 1box 6folder 3
Groups, Miscellaneous, 1988 series 1box 6folder 4
Groups, Miscellaneous -- ACLU Suit, 1988 series 1box 6folder 5
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Additional Religious Groups, 10/9/1980 series 1box 6folder 6
Groups, Miscellaneous -- American Orthodox, 1979-1980 series 1box 6folder 7
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Buddhist, 1979-1980 series 1box 6folder 8
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Chaplaincy Pamphlets, 1979, 1987, n.d. series 1box 6folder 9
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Cult Activity, 1978, 1982, 2001, n.d. series 1box 6folder 10
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Disciples of Christ, 1970 series 1box 6folder 11
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Greek Orthodox, 1972, 1980-1982 series 1box 6folder 12
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Hebrew Christian Fellowship, 1980 series 1box 6folder 13
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Reverend Sami K. Kanani Baptists Mid-Session, 1980-1981 [Restricted] series 1box 6folder 14
Groups, Miscellaneous -- Seventh Day Adventist, 1979-1980 [Restricted] series 1box 6folder 15
Knowledge of Self Club, 1975-1976 series 1box 6folder 16
Main Chapel Organ Project, 1974, 1983, n.d. series 1box 6folder 17
Main Chapel Organ Project -- Concert, December 10, 1982 [Restricted] series 1box 6folder 18
Main Chapel Organ Project -- Jim Youmans [Correspondence], 1982-1983 [Restricted] series 1box 7folder 1
Main Chapel Organ Project -- Jim Youmans [Correspondence] (Includes Oversize), 1974-1982 [Restricted] series 1box 7folder 2
Main Chapel Organ Project -- Organ Maintenance Contract, 1983 series 1box 7folder 3
Maintenance, 1964, 1989-1992, 2001 series 1box 7folder 4
[Maintenance] -- Furnishings, 1994, 1996 series 1box 7folder 5
Maintenance of Building and Improvement, 1996 series 1box 7folder 6
Memorial Garden Special Project (Includes Oversize), 1978-1981 series 1box 7folder 7
Memorial Chapel Wall of Honor, 2002 series 1box 7folder 8
Memorial Services, 1975-1987 series 1box 7folder 9
Memorial Services -- Correspondence, 1976, 1984, 1986 series 1box 7folder 10
Mennonite, 1975-1976 series 1box 7folder 11
Ministries, 1999-2002, n.d. series 1box 7folder 12
Music at Memorial Chapel, 1992-1997 [Restricted] series 1box 8folder 1
Music Department -- Chapel Usage, 1976-1988 series 1box 8folder 2
Music Department -- Handel Festival, 1981-1988 series 1box 8folder 3
Music Series, 1994-1996 series 1box 8folder 4
Music Series, 1989-1996 series 1box 8folder 5
Music Series -- Publicity (Includes Oversize), 1994-1996 [Restricted] series 1box 9folder 1
Myths and Truths, undated series 1box 9folder 2
Navigators, undated series 1box 9folder 3
Personnel -- Organists, 1979-1981 [Restricted] series 1box 9folder 4
Personnel -- Chapel, 1980 [Restricted] series 1box 9folder 5
Publications [article], 1983 series 1box 9folder 6
Publictaions -- Memorial Chapel [Brochures], 1984-1985 series 1box 9folder 7
Publications -- Lutheran Campus Ministry, 1984-1985 series 1box 9folder 8
Religious Life Committee: Minutes, 1957-1958 series 1box 9folder 9
Religious Preference [Loose Material], 1981 [Restricted] series 1box 9folder 10
Religious Preference [Loose Material], 1983 [Restricted] series 1box 9folder 11
Religious Preference [Loose Material- correspondence], 1983 [Restricted] series 1box 10folder 1
Religious Preference, 1984-1987 [Restricted] series 1box 10folder 2
Religious Preference, 1984-1985 series 1box 10folder 3
Religious Preference -- Religious Preference List, 1959, 1971-1978 [Restricted] series 1box 10folder 4
[Reservations], January - June 2003 [Restricted] series 1box 10folder 5
[Reservations], July - December 2003 [Restricted] series 1box 10folder 6
Reservation Contracts, January - June 2004 [Restricted] series 1box 11folder 1
Reservation Contracts, July - December 2004 [Restricted] series 1box 11folder 2
[Reservation forms, Chapel Information, Calendars] (Includes Oversize), 1995-1996, 2000-2001 [Restricted] series 1box 11folder 3
RVSC [Retired Volunteer Service Corp], March 1998 - March 1999 series 1box 11folder 4
Roll of Honor [Memorial Book] (Oversize Only), 1919-1950 series 1box 11folder 5
Special Events -- Chapel Programs, 1972-1985 series 1box 11folder 6
Special Events -- Chapel Programs -- Memorial Garden Re-construction [slides transferred to photograph series], undated series 1box 11folder 7
Special Events -- Special Events Set Up, September 29, 1988 series 1box 11folder 8
Staff Meetings, 1986-1988 series 1box 11folder 9
Staff Meetings -- Chapel Staff Meetings, 1971-1978 [Restricted] series 1box 11folder 10
Staff Meetings -- Reservation Office, 1978 [Restricted] series 1box 11folder 11
Students for Biblical Concern, 1978 series 1box 11folder 12
Vesper Service in Chapel, 1977-1979 series 1box 11folder 13
[Wedding] Chapels (Others), 1957-2001 series 1box 11folder 14
[Wedding] Chapels (Others) -- [University of Pittsburgh, Heinz Memorial Chapel], 1984 series 1box 11folder 15
Wedding Directives -- (General Information, 1985, n.d. series 1box 11folder 16
Wedding Directives -- Wedding in Memorial Chapel -- comments on draft, 1984 series 1box 12folder 1
Wedding Directives -- Wedding Info Sheets -- proposed revisions, 1973-1984 series 1box 12folder 2
Wedding Listserv, 1990-2000 series 1box 12folder 3
Wedding Records, July 31, 1991 - January 8, 1994 series 1box 12folder 4
[Wedding] Register, November 1952 - March 1976 series 1box 12folder 5
[Wedding] Register, April 1976 - August 1980 series 1box 12folder 6
[Wedding Register, August 1980 - June 1985 series 1box 13folder 1
Wedding Stats, 1986-1999 series 1box 13folder 2
Wedding Stats, 1991-2001 series 1box 13folder 3
[Work Orders], 1983-1985 series 1box 13folder 4

Series 2: Photographs, 1981-2001 (.50 linear feet)

This series contains photographs, negatives, and slides. They capture events such as the re-construction of the Memorial Garden, and include many still shots of the chapel for promotional material.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs and Slides, 1981-2001 series 2box 1folder 1

Series 3: Memorabilia, 1944-1962 (8 items)

This series contains a silver communion set made for the dedication of the chapel, the first two hymnals used in the chapel, a white altar cloth and a javelin.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Memorabilia, 1944-1962 series 3box 1folder 1
Silver Communion Set, 1952 series 3box 1folder 1item 2017
two armed forces hymnals, 1952 series 3box 1folder 1item 1386
white altar cloth, 1962 series 3box 1folder 1item 1757
Inscribed lance with wooden staff and metal tip, 1944 series 3box 1folder 1item 1758
Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial Service cassette recording, 1986 series 3box 1folder 1item 2383

Related Material

The Archives and Manuscripts Department holds other collections relating to the Memorial Chapel. Related materials can be found within the University Publications collection: UPUB C3, Campus Ministries and UPUB M32, Memorial Chapel as well as the processed and unprocessed portions of the Records of the President's Office.

For more information about the University of Maryland, Memorial Chapelplease visit their website.

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