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Collections by Subject: The Queen's Game, University of Maryland, Byrd Stadium, October 19, 1957

A Selected List of Holdings in Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

For more information about how to access materials in this guide, please visit the Maryland Room web page or fill out an information request. All collections listed are part of the University Archives, with the exception of materials drawn from the Baltimore News American photograph collection and the Theodore R. McKeldin Papers.

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On October 19, 1957, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories, and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, traveled to College Park to witness "a typical American sport," a football game between the University of Maryland Terrapins and the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina. For the University of Maryland administration, faculty, staff, students, and fans, the royal visit was a day of great pageantry, pride, honor, and celebration, remembered vividly by game participants and attendees. The Special Collections of the University of Maryland Libraries hold numerous resources documenting many facets of this landmark occasion in university history.

University Publications

The University Archives' University Publications collection includes several copies of the game day program from the Queen's Game, under the heading "Department of Intercollegiate Athletics/Football Programs" (call number UPUB I11.017). The 1958 Terrapin yearbook (call number UPUB S36.002 1958) also contains a number of images depicting activities on game day, and the Archives holds copies of the October 18, 1957, issue of the Diamondback (call number UPUB S36.005), which features a number of articles on the Queen's impending visit. The November-December 1957 issue of the Maryland alumni magazine (call number UPUB A44.002) also includes articles about the game and the related festivities.


For additional photographs, see the Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin Papers the Records of the President's Office, the Cobey Family Collection, and the Queen's Game Collection, listed above.

University Archives Vertical File

The University Archives maintains a vertical file of newspaper clippings on a wide variety of University of Maryland-related topics. The file on the Queen's Game contains news items from local Baltimore and Washington publications as well as papers from across the United States and around the world, e.g. Raleigh News and Observer, London Times, New York Times, Houston Chronicle, and the Philadelphia Bulletin.


The University Archives' collections include several pieces of memorabilia representing the campus visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, including the Canadian flag that flew over Byrd Stadium on game day (#105); a neckerchief worn by a Boy Scout who ushered at the game (#1118); a ticket stub (#2033); and two bottles of water Canada Dry prepared especially for the occasion (#1098 and #2029).