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Fear the Turtle Project collection

 Collection 0210-UA

The Fear the Turtle Sculpture Project was an initiative sponsored by the University of Maryland to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2006. The university commissioned fifty Testudo sculptures with various themes and creative names like Tuxudo, Disco Turtle, Kurtle, Mighty Turtle of Maryland, and Mutant Ninja Terrapin. The statues were displayed across campus and in several other cities in Maryland for six months, then auctioned in the fall of 2006. This collection documents the Fear the Turtle project, including the project guidelines, names of the sculpture artists and sponsors, and images of each turtle design with its corresponding location. The collection also contains a copy of the project agreement and charts denoting the pick-up schedule for the sculptures.


  • 2006

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


0.25 Linear Feet

Guide to the Fear the Turtle Project collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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