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Geary Eppley papers

 Collection 0082-MDHC

Geary Eppley graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Maryland State College of Agriculture in 1920 and received his M.A. from that institution in 1926. Having been appointed Assistant Professor of Agriculture at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1921, Eppley took on the additional responsibility of coaching track in the early 1930s and became athletic director in 1936. From 1936 to 1964 he was also Dean of Men. His papers include correspondence, minutes, reports, pamphlets, statistics, contracts, and clippings relating to athletics, the Southern Intercollegiate Conference on athletics, the National Youth Administration, and housing at the University of Maryland.


  • 1913-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1935-1953

Use and Access to Collection

Materials of a sensitive nature, such as those containing personally identifiable information, are restricted for 75 years or the life of the individual and may by screened and removed by special collections staff. Please speak with a staff member if you believe that materials have been unnecessarily removed.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


16.25 Linear Feet

46 Photographs

1 Tape Reels : acetate

Scope and Content of Collection

The Geary Eppley papers consist of correspondence, printed matter, photographs, minutes, and clippings related to his involvement in the University of Maryland. Files cover athletics and athletic associations, including football, boxing, track, interscholastic meets, recruiting, and Southern Conference. Additional subjects covered are World War II, the National Youth Association, veterans, housing, fraternities, sororities, and student welfare. Among the correspondents are Harry Clifton Byrd, C. W. Spears, Leslie Edward Bopst, H. Burton Shipley, and Adele H. Stamp. The papers span the period from 1913 to 1995, although the bulk of the material was created between 1935 and 1953.


Geary Francis Eppley was born in 1895 in Washington, DC. He was a member of the class of 1918 at the Maryland State College of Agriculture but received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1920 as a result of military service in World War I. As an undergraduate at the Maryland State College, he won letters in football and track. In 1922 Eppley became an assistant professor of agronomy. He received an M.A. in 1926 from the University of Maryland. During the 1930s, he was a track coach at the University of Maryland, and he served as athletic director between 1935 and 1947. He was chairman of the university's Athletic Council from 1937 until 1963. Eppley served as Dean of Men beginning in 1936 and was made Dean Emeritus in 1964. During his tenure as Dean, Eppley served as Director of Student Welfare from 1946 until 1958.

After service as a cavalry officer during World War I, Eppley remained in the Army Reserve and served during World War II as a colonel in the office of the Army Chief of Staff. In 1925, Eppley married Elizabeth Flenner, who died in 1976. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Frances, and a son, Geary W. Eppley. At the University of Maryland, Eppley was a member of several honorary groups including Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Delta Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma, Scabbard and Blade, and the Pershing Rifles. In addition, he was honorary president of the Prince George's County Alumni Association of the University of Maryland. In the community, Eppley served as a member of the board of the county chapter of the American Cancer Society, a director of the Prince George's County Boy's Club, master of the county Grange, a member of the county Welfare Board, and budget chairman of the county Community Chest. He was a member of the Masons and the College Park Rotary Club. In addition, he was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. Andrews Church, where he served as a vestryman. On June 10, 1978, Geary F. Eppley died of a heart condition at Leland Memorial Hospital in College Park, Maryland.


The collection is organized as five series.

Series 1
Academic Interests
Series 2
Series 3
Series 4
Series 5

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Geary F. Eppley donated his papers to the University of Maryland Libraries in December 1977. Eppley's children, Geary Eppley and Frances Eppley Tobin, donated additional materials in 2006.

Related Material

Because of Geary Eppley's long involvement and employment with the University of Maryland, records pertaining to him are located in various locations throughout the University of Maryland Libraries. Related holdings in the University of Maryland Libraries include the Papers of Harry Clifton Byrd and the Papers of Adele H. Stamp. Eppley's 1926 Master's Thesis from the University of Maryland, Hay and pasture grasses for Maryland. Adaptability studies, is available in the Maryland Room, Hornbake Library. Memorabilia item # 1715 is a 1955 oil painting of Geary Eppley. Photographs of Geary Eppley appear in several yearbooks, most notably the 1916, 1917, and 1918 issues of the Reveille. Eppley's freshman beanie is Memorabilia number 106.

Processing Information

The subject filing system used by Geary F. Eppley was maintained. Papers were placed into acid-free folders and housed in archival boxes. In 2007, three new series were created to include materials donated by Eppley's children in 2006. These are series 3: Personal; series 4: Photographs; and series 5: Memorabilia.

Guide to the Geary Eppley Papers
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742