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Gymkana records

 Collection 0166-UA

Gymkana, an exhibition gymnastics troupe, was established by Dr. David A. Field at the University of Maryland in 1946. While they have always encouraged a healthy lifestyle, in 1985 troupe members formally pledged to remain drug, tobacco, and alcohol free, and to promote that lifestyle to their audiences. They perform at local schools and Maryland basketball games, and conclude with a home show every spring. The troupe is open to all University of Maryland students of all (or no) ability levels. Gymkana remains one of the oldest groups of its kind in the United States. This collection contains photographs, slides, negatives, scrapbooks, home show programs, newspaper clippings, posters, film and memorabilia. A preliminary inventory is available.


  • 1946-2001

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

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.


28.50 Linear Feet

Guide to the Gymkana records
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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