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University Relations records

 Collection 0093-UA

University Relations serves as the communications and marketing arm of the University of Maryland campus. Their records consist of news clippings, newsreels, videotapes, scrapbooks, faculty/staff files, committee files, correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, film reels, video recordings, university publications, press releases, reports, speeches, and policy statements, among other records. University Relations actively transfers records to the University Archives, and this finding aid may not reflect the most recently added materials in this collection. For more information about the University Relations records, please contact a staff member.


  • 1927-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1933-1971, 1992-1998

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

This collection contains born-digital materials. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit as items may require specialized software for access.

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.


114 Linear Feet

7 Linear Feet (Oversize scrapbook.)

10.5 Linear Feet (10.5 linear feet containing 315 VHS tapes.)

83 Linear Feet (83 linear feet. 56 storage boxes and 1 scrapbook.)

9 Videodiscs (9 videodiscs)

2 Videocassettes (2 videocassettes)

3 Film Reels (1 Paige box) : acetate positive film with color ; 16mm

10.50 Linear Feet (10.5 linear feet, 7 storage boxes)

1 Folders (1 folder, with 24 printed items.)

2 Webpages

Scope and Contents

The University Relations records consists of materials dated from 1927 to 2017 from the Division of University Relations. University Relations serves as the communications and marketing arm of the University of Maryland at College Park, MD. The holdings reflect the communications and marketing efforts of the Division, as well as its mission to advance the University of Maryland through philanthropy and engagement, both on-campus and globally. A large portion of the collection consists of moving images in VHS, DVD, or film reel formats concerning the Great Expectations capital campaign launched in 2006; footage of Dr. Wallace Loh's inauguration as president of the University of Maryland; news reports of the retirement for University of Maryland’s basketball coach Gary Williams; Terpvision interviews and memorial of groundskeeper Jerome “Duke” Sellers; University of Maryland choir's trip to Puerto Rico; and a film titled “Climate of Learning.” Additionally, the collection has several items related to Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower's visit to a university football game in October 1957 such as a film reel of the football game and a scrapbook devoted to Queen Elizabeth. University Relations records also include news clippings, newsreels, faculty and staff files, committee files, correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, university publications, press releases, reports, speeches, and policy statements. The collection also contains archived web crawls of TERP, an alumni magazine for the University of Maryland, College Park, and of UMD Right Now, a campus news and media relations website maintained by University Relations at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

University Relations records were first transferred from the Office of University Relations to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1972. Subsequent donations were made in 1983, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2022.

Related Material

For other related material, please see the University Communications collection. Relevant material may also be included in the University Publications records under UPUB U26 and U17.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. Aside from some rough groupings of similar material, the materials came to the Libraries in no particular order. Some accessions have been inventoried while others have not. When inventories are available they will be included in this finding aid.

Guide to the University Relations records
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2017-11-07: Revised post-ArchivesSpace import by Kendall Aughenbaugh.
  • 2018-01-17: Finding aid reviewed and minor updated made by Caitlin Rizzo.
  • 2024-03-27: Updates were made to related accessions and extents, the scope and contents note, and preliminary inventory links were added by Sara Riley.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742