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Reginald Truitt papers

 Collection 274-UA

Reginald V. Truitt (1890-1991) was a 1914 graduate of the Maryland Agricultural College who received his Ph.D. from American University in 1929. A professor of zoology at the University of Maryland from 1925-1941, Truitt founded and became director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, retiring in 1954. This collection documents Truitt's involvement in the Chesapeake Biological Lab, his interest in Worcester County history, relations between university faculty and administration, and zoology curriculum development.


  • 1919-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1977

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

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.


0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Reginald Truitt papers date from 1919 to 1977 and consist of correspondence to and from Reginald Truitt and research files pertaining to his book, Worcester County: Maryland's Arcadia. This collection documents Truitt's involvement in the Chesapeake Biological Lab, his interest in Worcester County history, University of Maryland Alumni Council, relations between university faculty and administration, the development of lacrosse and cross country teams, and zoology curriculum development.


Reginald Truitt was born in Snow Hill, Maryland, on August 12, 1890. He graduated from the Maryland Agricultural College in 1914, and after service in the Army Air Corps as a pilot, following a high school principalship, 1914-1918, returned to get his M. S. in 1922. Truitt received his doctoral degree from the American University in 1929. During the period of 1919-27 R. V. Truitt coached the Maryland lacrosse team, enabling it for the first time to become a major sport at the college. For this accomplishment he was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1960.

Reginald Truitt began teaching at Maryland as a graduate assistant of Zoology in 1919, becoming a full professor in 1925, a post he held until 1941. He left to become director of the Maryland Department of Research and Education, where he stayed until 1954. During his professorship at the University of Maryland he founded the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and became Directory in 1925, retiring from this post in 1954. Between 1961-62 he was President of the University of Maryland Alumni Council.

After his retirement Dr. Truitt devoted much interest in Worcester County, Maryland, advising the Worcester County Committee of Mayors, Councilmen, and Representatives. In 1976 he completed a book on this subject, Worcester County: Maryland's Arcadia.


Carbon copies of outgoing letters are interfiled with those he received. The correspondence falls into three chronological groups, and papers within each group have been arranged in that fashion.

The collection is organized as one series.

Series 1
Correspondence and Research Files

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Reginald V. Truitt donated his papers to the University of Maryland Libraries from 1969-1977.

Guide to the Reginald Truitt 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