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May Day collection

 Collection 0184-UA
University of Maryland's annual May Day festivities were first established in 1923 by Adele Stamp, the Dean of Women, and lasted until 1961, the year after Stamp's retirement from the university. May Day included an elaborate pagent with costumes and dancing, a processional on the campus mall, and the crowning of the queen and her court. In addition, May Day served as the occasion when rising seniors were selected for Mortar Board, a women's honorary society. This collection consists of over 90 photographs, slides, and negatives documenting May Day between 1927 and 1957. The images feature female students dressed up for the pagent or dancing around the May pole, as well as several of the May queens and courts.


  • 1927-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1927-1930, 1946-1949

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.


2 Folders

Related Material

May Day programs, newspaper clippings, and pagent scripts can be found in the Adele H. Stamp Papers. Additional photographs of May Day are available in the University of Maryland Print Files.
Guide to the May Day collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
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