Scope and Content of Collection
The images in the Leland E. Scott Collection date between 1885 and 1976, but the bulk were taken between 1900 and 1920. The images capture early history of the campus and the city of College Park as well as horticultural subjects in Maryland and elsewhere. Campus images of particular interest document early twentieth-century farming methods, the 1917 tennis team, tug-of-war contests over Paint Branch Creek, greenhouse facilities from the early 1900s, a cart with a team of oxen on unpaved Route 1 near the Rossborough Inn, cadets planting trees on Arbor Day, Farmers' Day celebrations, and baseball games. Sites depicted in the city of College Park include numerous private residences and the Calvert Road railroad crossing, which was formerly located on the site of the College Park Metro station. The images also include horticulture-related activities and plants on campus, such as narcissus blooms and honeysuckle bushes. These images are captured on glass plate negatives, paper prints, and film negatives. There are also a number of images drymounted on mat boards with detailed annotations.