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Maryland Agricultural College records

 Collection 0222-UA
The Maryland Agricultural College (MAC) was chartered on March 6, 1856, and opened to the first 34 students in the fall of 1859. From 1916 to 1920, the school was known as the Maryland State College of Agriculture before being renamed the University of Maryland, College Park. This collection mostly consists of photographs documenting life for early MAC students between the 1880s and 1920. The images cover a broad range of topics, including students and faculty; buldings, classrooms and laboratories; the campus farm and greenhouses; athletic events -- specifically football, lacrosse, baseball, and track; and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. Photographs of particular interest are those capturing the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1912, the annual Freshman-Sophomore tug-of-war, and many of the college's first athletic teams. Also included in this collection are several MAC pennants belonging to Urah Long, Class of 1907; Principles of Soils Management, a textbook used for a soils short course in 1914; and the 1892 diploma of Pyon Su, the first Korean college graduate in the United States.


  • circa 1880-1920
  • Majority of material found within 1895-1918

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

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.


3.00 Linear Feet

6 Items

3.00 Linear Feet (3 linear feet and 6 items)

Guide to the Maryland Agricultural College records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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