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Collections by Subject: Architecture and Development, College Park Campus

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

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University Publications

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The university publications collection consists of a wide variety of printed materials produced by and about the various administrative units, academic departments, and student groups on the College Park campus. Within this grouping are a number of headings and particular documents which are excellent sources of information on campus architecture and development. In the listing below, headings under which items may be located have been underlined and are followed by relevant individual titles within that category.

Alumni. Maryland Alumni News includes occasional information on buildings, including addresses given at dedication ceremonies.

Alumni-Association International. The alumni publication entitled "Maryland" contains profiles of new building projects and information on modifications to existing structures.

Board of Agriculture. Biennial and triennial reports of the board contain information on construction projects undertaken during the reporting period.

Budget. Included in this category are various budgetary documents pertaining to the construction and maintenance of UMCP facilities, such as the Capital Budget Briefing Document, Governor's Budget, Annual Capital Budget Project Request, and the Operating Budget Request.

Buildings and Grounds. Under this heading may be found information files on individual structures as well as floor plans for current campus facilities.

Catalog. The undergraduate and graduate catalogs, from 1859 to the present, contain general descriptions of facilities.

Central Administration. Included under this heading are several publications which refer frequently to campus construction, such as the president's annual reports, "Maryland Today", campus master and long- range plans, and reports on academic space utilization, and educational facility needs.

College Park Alumni Association. The alumni magazine produced by the association has included information on campus structures.

Evaluation of the University. This category includes, among other documents, the reports of the reviews of the campus conducted by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. These reports frequently contain commentary about campus facilities.

Facilities and Resource Planning, Office of. This office was responsible for issuing long-range plans for campus facilities during the 1970s.

Facilities Management. This office circulated a newsletter entitled "Portico" in the late 1980s which described campus improvement projects.

Facilities Planning, Office of. Publications produced by Facilities Planning describe the planning for new construction and projections for future facilities needs.

Facilities Resource and Planning, Office of. Under this heading may be found various versions of the campus development plan.

Financial Reports. Many of the older UMCP financial reports contain cost figures for campus construction projects.

History of the University of Maryland. In this category are found a number of sources documenting the history and development of the UMCP campus. Included is George Callcott's History of the University of Maryland as well as many additional published and unpublished sources.

Housing, Office of. This administrative unit had responsibility for campus residential facilities in the 1970s; this function is now the charge of the Office of Resident Life. Included among the housing documentation are sample contracts, policies and procedures, and reports.

Institutional Advancement, Office of. The faculty-staff newsletter "Outlook" published by Institutional Advancement frequently contains information about new construction and renovation projects on the campus.

Libraries. University Fact Book. A section of this resource is devoted to campus buildings, erected from 1856 to approximately 1980. Information provided includes dates of construction, alteration, or razing; purpose of the structure; and origin of the facility's name.

Maps. This grouping consists of smaller published maps of the campus, dating from 1906 to the present, showing the location of all campus structures and the changes in campus facilities over time.

Maryland Agricultural College. Found under this earlier name for the College Park campus are a number of publications containing information on buildings and other facilities, such as annual reports, bulletins, and presidents' and trustees' reports.

Maryland State College of Agriculture. Under this heading, the name by which the College Park campus was known from 1916 to 1920, are found bulletins and annual and biennial reports containing information on campus structures.

Official Publications Series. These publications include many printed illustrations of buildings and other facilities.

Physical Plant, Department of. Among this department's publications is information relating to facilities needs, maintenance, and analyses of existing structural configurations.

Plans, Programs, and Campus Development, Office of. This office was responsible for developing programming for new campus buildings and other facilities. Their publications include programs for bikeways, roads, space planning, access to buildings, and building renovations.

President, Office of. Among the materials issued by the President's Office are annual reports and needs assessments which touch on facilities issues.

Regents, Board of. The University of Maryland Board of Regents passes on a number of issues relating to campus facilities. Included in this grouping are minutes of the board's meetings as well as supporting documentation submitted for consideration.

Resident Life, Department of and Resident Life, Office of. These offices, responsible at various times for campus residential facilities, generate information concerning dormitories' usage, construction, and policies.

Resource Facilities and Planning, Office of. This office is responsible for campus long-range planning and has issued a facilities master plan covering the years 1990 to 2004.

Resource Planning and Budgets, Office of. Among the responsibilities of this office is the issuance of long-range plans for campus facilities.

Stamp Student Union and Student Union. Under the headings for these variant names for the union are included informational brochures and reports on union facilities.

Student Publications. A number of student publications, such as Old Line, the Terrapin Crier, and the Diamondback, are useful in locating information on campus facilities. Also important, particularly for photographic images of the campus, is the yearbook, variously titled Reveille, Terra Mariae, and Terrapin.

Task Forces and Committees. Among the reports generated by these campus-wide bodies are ones on housing, indoor air quality, faculty/staff club facilities, and library needs.

University Relations, Office of. University Relations produced two newsletters, "University Record" and "Precis" which occasionally included information on campus construction projects.


Among the departmental holdings are numerous images of individual buildings and various sections of the campus, dating from the earliest years of the campus to the late 1970s. Both interior and exterior shots are included for selected buildings, as are aerial views of the campus and images depicting construction of various facilities.


The memorabilia collection consists of more than 900 individually described pieces of realia. Among the items relating to buildings on the College Park campus are the shovel used during the ground-breaking ceremony for McKeldin Library; the terrapin used as the model for the Testudo sculpture; selected contents of cornerstone boxes from the Barracks and Annapolis Hall; and other structural elements from Annapolis Hall. These items date from 1858 to 1956.

Vertical File

The University Archives vertical file consists of newspaper clippings on a wide variety of topics. Included in the file is a group of materials on UMCP buildings and other facilities. Clippings date primarily from the 1950s to the 1970s; no materials are currently being added to the record.