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The University Archives serves as the collective memory of the University of Maryland, from the granting of the charter for the Maryland Agricultural College on March 6, 1856, to the present day. Established by the University of Maryland Libraries in 1972, the Archives is the official repository for all of the university's permanent records and actively gathers administrative files, university publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, faculty papers, theses and dissertations, and memorabilia that document all aspects of campus life.
Among the Archives’ holdings is extensive documentation of Harry Clifton Byrd’s personal and professional life, consisting of over 200 linear feet of documents, photographs, realia, and audiovisual material. This exhibit includes a sampling of those materials that illustrate important accomplishments and turning points in Byrd’s life.
University Archivist Anne Turkos created this exhibit, with extensive assistance from Kerri Sheehan, Laura Cleary, and Jennifer Paul.
The University of Maryland Archives are located in the R. Lee Hornbake Library on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. This library is home to the Exhibit Gallery, Special Collections and University Archives, and Library Media Services.
For general information about the University Archives and other Special Collections, email us.