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Koinonia Agapes records

 Collection 0245-UA

Koinonia Agapes, meaning Fellowship of Love, is a non-profit organization established in 1963 to provide fellowship and support for international students at the University of Maryland and other colleges in the DC metro area. The organization was founded by Dr. Roberta M. Ma, a Chinese biochemist living in University Park, several years after first opening her home to international students looking for a place to gather and make connections with people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. The records document the functions of the organization from its founding and include correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, programs and announcements, newspaper clippings, financial reports, and zoning plans and blueprints from Koinonia Agapes' endeavor to buy a piece of land for an international center for students. Photograph albums, spanning from the 1940s to 1970s, include a combination of personal photographs of Dr. Ma and pictures of Koinonia Agapes social functions. The collection also contains memorabilia items, a Bible, and a signed copy of Dr. Ma's book, China Calls.


  • 1940s-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1963-1976

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view 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.


6.00 Linear Feet

Guide to the Koinonia Agapes records
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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