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University of Maryland Posters and Broadsides collection

 Collection 0157-UA

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.


  • 1926-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2010

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research. Use item number to request specific posters in the Maryland Room.

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.


36.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

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.

Administrative History

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:

Series 1
Series 2
Series 3
Campus Events
Series 4
Student Life
Series 5
University of Maryland Promotional

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

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.

Related Material

For more posters and broadsides associated with events sponsored by Student Entertainment Events, see the Guide to the Records of SEE.

Processing Information

Posters are individually tagged by item number and stored in mapcase drawers in acid-free folders.

Guide to the University of Maryland Posters and Broadsides collection
Processed by Malissa Ruffner.
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