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Capital Centre collection

 Collection 0509-MDHC

The Capital Centre served as concert venue and sports arena for the Washington Bullets and Capitals from 1973-2002, and became a center of community activity. Abe Pollin, real estate developer and later owner of Washington’s NBA and NHL franchises, built the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland in 1973. This collection documents the community of Marylanders and Washingtonians that formed around the Centre, including ephemera from former staff, volunteers, and event-goers. The collection includes the employee handbook as well as event ephemera, commemorative memorabilia, posters, photographs, signs, and Capital Centre sponsored publications received by community members.


  • 1971-1996 and undated

Conditions Governing Access

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.


7.50 Linear Feet (1 hollinger box, 3 flat boxes, and 2 paige boxes)

19 Items (17 posters (including 3 framed) and 2 signs)

Content Description

The Capital Centre (later renamed the USAir Arena in 1993 and the U.S. Airways Arena in 1996) was built in Landover, Maryland in 1974. The sports arena and concert venue served as a key community center for Marylanders and Washingtonians until its demolition in 2002. This collection documents the Capital Centre through the lens of the community that worked, volunteered, and attended events through the venue. The collection contains employee handbooks and uniforms, photographs, event ephemera, publications, and commemorative memorabilia donated by community members in 2017.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by several community members in 2017. The materials were solicited by the University of Maryland Libraries as part of an event to commemorate the Capital Centre.

Processing Information

This collection was received as a series of donations from individual community members. All paper materials and photographs were labeled according to format and placed in acid-free folders and boxes. All publications were labeled and arranged by title and placed in acid-free folders and boxes, and oversize publications were separated and laid flat in in oversize boxes. All commemorative memorabilia (including clothes, pins, hats, etc.) were separated from the paper materials and stored in acid-free boxes. Oversize posters and signs were stored in map-cases.

Guide to the Capital Centre collection
Processed by Caitlin Rizzo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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