This collection contains historical insights into the University of Maryland, Baltimore's past. The majority of the texts come from posts created for the Hs/HSL Updates Blog. The items highlight collections and items from the Historical Collections Department as well as people, events, and groups in UMB's history.

Recent Submissions

  • The University Ode: A Celebration of UMB Poetry

    Wink, Tara (2020-04-13)
    The piece highlights The University Ode for National Poetry Month, April 2020. Historical Collections houses a well-loved copy of The University Ode, a piece written for the Alumni Association by Dr. Eugene F. Cordell with music by Dr. Theodore Hemberger. It also highlights the University of Maryland Musical Association, an organization founded by Dr. John C. Hemmeter and directed by Dr. Hemberger.
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore in World War I

    Wink, Tara (2018-11-09)
    A history of the University of Maryland, Baltimore during World War I. Includes, a brief history of World War I and Veteran's Day. UMB was active in creating Base Hospital No. 42 at the Bazoilles Hospital Center in France to treat wounded soldiers during the war. Describes the activity on campus including the creation of the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.).
  • 1933: University of Maryland Dental School “Dents” Baltimore Amateur Hockey League Champs

    Wink, Tara (2018-06-01)
    Eighty-five years ago the University of Maryland Dental School’s ice hockey team (the Maryland Dents) made their own history by winning the Baltimore Amateur Ice Hockey League championship. The Maryland Dents, though short-lived (they played from 1932 to 1935) enjoyed a whirlwind of success, earning the title in their second year of play.
  • Football at UMB: HS/HSL Historical Highlight

    Wink, Tara (2019-01-24)
    Football at UMB was first organized by Dr. Norfleet Mann Gibbs, UM School of Medicine, class of 1896. Gibbs was called, “the father of athletics at the University of Maryland,” by the 1896 Bones, Molar, and Briefs Yearbook. The first team was fielded mid-season 1895.
  • Dr. Elton “Tony” Preston Maddox Jr.

    Wink, Tara (2020-02-06)
    In 1968, the first African American student entered the School of Dentistry; Elton Preston Maddox Jr. Dr. Maddox graduated with honors from the School of Dentistry in 1972; he was the only African American student during his four year tenure.
  • School of Medicine Political Cartoon: “A Faculty Meeting”

    Wink, Tara (2018-07-06)
    This unique interpretation of a School of Medicine Faculty Meeting was recently discovered among the records of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library. Donated to the library in 1938 by Dr. William H. Marsh, School of Medicine Class of 1876, the cartoon represents the faculty of the school of medicine as donkeys standing around a dissection table. The cartoon was drawn by Colonel William H. Arthur, School of Medicine Class of 1877, whose name appears in the lower right hand corner of the cartoon.
  • Historical Collections is Celebrating National Nurses Week!

    Wink, Tara (2019-05-07)
    May 6-12, 2019 is National Nurses Week; the HS/HSL’s historical collections is celebrating by highlighting our materials from the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
  • Dean Natalie D. Eddington, First African American Dean of the School of Pharmacy

    Wink, Tara (2020-02-20)
    In 2007, Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP was named dean of the school becoming the first woman African American Dean at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Eddington joined the faculty at the School of Pharmacy in 1991, serving as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences from 2003 until she became dean in 2007.
  • Historical Collections: Gift of 1923 Bausch & Lomb Microscope

    Wink, Tara (2018-12-08)
    On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Historical Collection of the HS/HSL received a 1923 Bausch & Lomb Microscope from Anne Elizabeth Langalis, Granddaughter of Dr. Walter Hal Shealy. Dr. Walter Hal Shealy graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1923.
  • Dr. Eugene F. Cordell Biography

    Behles, Richard J. (2015)
    Patriotic citizen, physician, medical historiographer, teacher, public servant, Eugene Fauntleroy Cordell was born June 25, 1843, in Charlestown, West Virginia (then part of Virginia). Before attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine and graduating in 1868, Cordell served in the Confederate Army. Dr. Cordell was a practicing physician, medical journal editor, and educator in Baltimore.
  • Dr. Clarence J. Grieves Biography

    Behles, Richard J. (2015)
    Dr. Clarence J. Grieves graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Dental Department in 1888 and immediately became an instructor with the school. He was also active with the Maryland Dental Association and later accepted a professorship with the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, a post he held until joining the Naval Reserve Force during World War I. Dr. Grieves was an influential dentist in Maryland and was honored with the founding of the Clarence J. Grieves Library Foundation in 1925.
  • John Crawford Biography

    Behles, Richard J. (2015)
    John Crawford, learned physician, student of nature, and benevolent public servant, left to us not only his treasured collection of medical texts, but also his innate spirit of service, scholarship, and the quest for scientific truth.
  • Nathaniel Potter Portrait

    Behles, Richard J.; Wilson, Beth (2015)
    This piece outlines the history of Dr. Nathaniel Potter's portrait which hangs in the Historical Collections Department. The portrait was discovered in 1913 by then librarian Ruth Lee Briscoe. It was created in 1804 by Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin.
  • UMB in WWII: the classes of 1943M and 1943D

    Wink, Tara (2020-04-01)
    World War II began in September 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland; however, the United States did not officially become involved in the conflict until after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Not surprisingly, doctors, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists were needed in large numbers to support both the war effort and the home front. To meet this unprecedented demand, UMB began offering year-round school in the fall of 1942 in all schools.
  • UMB Ties to the Hospital Ship, USNS Comfort

    Wink, Tara (2020-04-06)
    On March 30, 2020 the USNS Comfort arrived in New York City’s Harbor on a mission to provide assistance to the city’s overwhelmed hospitals in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The USNS Comfort is a Navy Hospital Ship with 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms, which has been deployed in times of crisis and peace around the world. The USNS Comfort is stationed in Norfolk, VA but for a significant portion of her life (1988-2013) as a hospital ship, she was stationed in Baltimore’s Port. The location is not her only ties to the city of Baltimore, as several UMB alumni and faculty served on this hospital ship during her 33-year history.
  • “I Belong Here”: Women’s History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Wink, Tara (2020-03-04)
    The University of Maryland, Baltimore as it is known today was formed through a number of mergers with other Baltimore area Colleges and Universities; additionally, the school was once a branch campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Because of this, the history of women at UMB is intermingled with the histories of these schools and each accepted women into their programs at different times.
  • Advice and Studies on Love from Early UMB Graduates

    Wink, Tara (2019-02-14)
    St. Valentine’s Day is upon us, advice on how to spend the day is everywhere. The goal of this post is not to add to this abundance of advice but to look back on how early UMB graduates studied love.
  • Dr. Maureen Henderson, First Woman Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, 1971-1975

    Wink, Tara (2020-03-30)
    Dr. Henderson joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in 1960 as an instructor. After joining the UMSOM faculty in 1960, she earned the title of Professor of Preventive Medicine in 1968 and was named Chair of the Department in December of 1971. At the time, she was the first woman to hold the title of Chair at Maryland’s medical school and one of few women chairs in schools of medicine around the country.
  • Josephine “Jody” Olsen, School of Social Work, Director United States Peace Corps

    Wink, Tara (2020-03-13)
    Jody Olsen earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Social Work in 1972 and her PhD in Human Development in 1979 from the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Education. She has served with the Peace Corps in a variety of capacites, she is currently the Director.
  • Dr. Jesse J. Harris, First African American Dean of the School of Social Work

    Wink, Tara (2020-02-13)
    Dr. Jesse J. Harris graduated from the School of Social Work with a master’s degree in 1971 and again with a PhD in 1976. Dr. Harris joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He was soon named acting dean and then dean in October 1991.

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