Included in this collection are over 700 posters and broadsides collected from various academic programs, administrative offices, and student groups, dating from 1926 forward and documenting many events, activities, and aspects of university life. The bulk of the items were produced by the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for distribution at games; many highlight specific teams and individuals. The collection is continually expanding.
This collection is open for research. Use item number to request specific posters in the Maryland Room.
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.
36.00 Linear Feet
This collection represents a broad spectrum of activity on campus - from academics to athletics, from one-time events to broad promotional material. It provides an overview of the type of events and programs held on campus as well as the evolution of the type of material used to promote them. Although the collection dates to the 1926, the bulk of materials date from the 1990s to the present and are associated with Intercollegiate Athletics. The collection is continually expanding.
University of Maryland began collecting Posters and Broadsides from a variety of sources in the 1970s. The staff actively acquires items distributed at major cultural and athletic events and obtains copies of University Publications. Other items are transferred to University Archives by the originating units or by individual faculty and students.
The collection is physically arranged by item number but arranged in this finding aid by the following series:
Some materials in the collection were gathered by University of Maryland staff. Others were donated by originating administrative and academic units or by individual students and faculty members. Acquisition began in the 1970s.
Posters are individually tagged by item number and stored in mapcase drawers in acid-free folders.