Scope and Content of Collection
Although the Department of Physical Plant was not officially established until 1924, maps and drawings relating to campus facilities were produced prior to this date and came into the custody of the department. The records of the Department of Physical Plant at the University of Maryland at College Park cover the period between 1888 and 1987. The bulk of the records dates from 1933 to 1945.
The collection consists of correspondence, financial and administrative records, and lists of plants to be planted on the campus. The collection also contains a large number of maps, drawings, and photographs of the campus and buildings. Topics documented include landscaping projects, construction projects such as the air conditioning of McKeldin Library, and the erection of a swimming pool, the dining hall, and the Glenn L. Martin College of Engineering.