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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.

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.


0.25 Linear Feet

Guide to the Fear the Turtle Project collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
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