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Diamondback photographs

 Collection 0211-UA

The University of Maryland's student newspaper, originally known as The Triangle, was established in 1910. The paper underwent several name changes, including The M.A.C. Weekly, Maryland State Review, and University Review, before being renamed The Diamondback in 1921. This collection consists of over 18,000 photographs taken for the Diamondback newspaper, spanning from the 1960s through 2000s. The photographs document every aspect of campus life at Maryland -- faculty, staff, students, buildings and grounds, academics, athletics, performing arts, special events -- as well as the city of College Park and other topics of local or national interest.

This collection has been digitized and is available online at Diamondback photographs.


  • 1963-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1975-1998

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.


51.00 Linear Feet

Existence and Location of Copies

UMD Libraries digitized almost all photographs from the Diamondback photograph collection between 2013 and 2021. The only photographs excluded from the project were duplicates and images not taken by the Diamondback. The collection is available online at: Diamondback photographs.

Related Material

Microfilm of The Diamondback is also available in the Maryland Room (see UPUB S36.005). Select hard copies of the paper as well as bound volumes can be viewed upon request. The newspaper has been digitized and is available in the UMD Student Newspaper database

UMD Libraries also archive the website of the Diamondback. The Diamondback Online (*/ preserves the newspaper website from 2011-2016 and the Diamondback News (*/ captures the site from 2016-present.

Guide to the Diamondback photographs
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Revision Statements

  • 2018-01-24: Finding aid reviewed and minor updates made by Caitlin Rizzo.
  • 2018-03-26: Finding aid reviewed and updated by Kendall Aughenbaugh.
  • 2021-07-09: Finding aid updated with information about digitization by Joanne Archer

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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