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Wilson H. Elkins papers

 Collection 0127-UA

Wilson Homer Elkins, president of the University of Maryland from 1954 until 1978, emphasized a basic curriculum and strict academic standards during his tenure. He oversaw the establishment of a faculty governance structure and administered a major expansion and improvement of the physical plant, including the construction of the McKeldin Library and the Computer Science Center. This collection consists of two different unprocessed accessions. The first consists of publications, photographs, correspondence, and memorabilia, primarily of a personal nature but also extensive documentation of his tenure as president; the second accession is a small collection of photographs taken during his foreign travels and events during his presidency. Preliminary inventories are available for both accessions and can be found in the "Additional Description" section of this finding aid.


  • 1949-1992
  • Majority of material found within circa 1960 -1979

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.


32.00 Linear Feet (32.00 linear feet and 8 items)

32.00 Linear Feet

8 Items

Related Material

For more information about President Elkins and collections related to his role at the University of Maryland, see Records of the Office of President, University of Maryland.

Guide to the Wilson H. Elkins papers
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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