Tag Archives: UMB History

Historical Collections Highlight: Club Latino-Americano

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, historical collections highlights Club Latino-Americano, an organization created to support early Latin American students at the University of Maryland. The first student to graduate from countries we associate with Hispanic culture was Jose Raphael … Continue reading

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Dr. Gideon B. Smith, UMSOM Class of 1840: 17-Year Cicada Expert

Dr. Gideon B. Smith, University of Maryland School of Medicine Class of 1840 is credited with identifying the cycles of the 17-year cicadas (Brood X) in the United States. Read about his life and work in Baltimore. Continue reading

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Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus at the University of Maryland

A brief history of the purchase and investment in chemical and philosophical apparatus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The scientific equipment used in the labs in the 19th century were prized possessions of the school. At the time the appartus was extremely expensive to purchase and was kept well guarded; however, this did not stop theft. The post highlights the use and procurement of the equipment. Continue reading

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Happy 275th Birthday Dr. John Crawford!

May 3, 2021 marks 275 years since the birth of Dr. John Crawford, an influential figure for the HSHSL.  His impressive collection of medical texts was purchased by the School of Medicine’s Faculty of Physik for $500 from his daughter Eliza Godefroy after his death in 1813.  The volumes founded the medical library, which was believed to be the first associated with a school of medicine. Today the HSHSL dates its foundation to 1813 and the purchase of this collection.  Dr. Crawford’s volumes remain an important part of the HSHSL’s collections; the 569-volume John Crawford Collection sits in a place of prominence in the Historical Collections’ reading room and represents medical texts from 1565 in English, Latin, French, German, and Dutch.  Most of the texts in the Crawford Collection have been digitized and are available in the UMB Digital Archive. Continue reading

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Remembering the Davidge Elm on Arbor Day

Davidge Hall stands as the oldest continuously used medical education building in the United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and stands as both a Baltimore and University landmark. For the majority of the building’s over 200-year history, a nearly 80 foot English Elm, known as the Davidge Elm, stood next to it becoming another symbol for the strength and successes of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Continue reading

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UMB and MLB: Our four baseball stars

In celebration of the Oriole’s 2021 opening day, let’s take a look back at some of UMB’s major leaguers: John Francis Hayden, Robert Baker Lawson, Archibald Wright Graham, and John Frederick Anderson.  From 1901 to 1918, four UMB graduates appeared in major league baseball games, including the World Series!  The players graduated from the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine with the Classes of 1902, 1905, and 1909.   Continue reading

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UMB’s Championship Basketball Team, 1904-1905

It is the end of March, which means March Madness and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in full swing!  The first NCAA tournament occurred in 1939 with eight teams competing for the championship.  The first time a University of Maryland team appeared in the tournament was 1958.  The 1958 team was composed of players from the University of Maryland, College Park.  The University of Maryland, Baltimore has never had a basketball team in the NCAA tournament; however, UMB has produced a championship Basketball team.  Continue reading

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First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

In March 2020, before UMB entered into mandatory telework due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the HSHSL installed an exhibit called First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As the title suggests, the exhibit highlighted the first women—first graduates, deans, etc.—of UMB. Unfortunately, the exhibit was installed a mere two weeks before the library shut down and was taken down before the library reopened in the fall; therefore, few people had the opportunity to view the exhibit. This blog post recreates the exhibit’s literature and photographs. Continue reading

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A Brief History of UMB African American Student Organizations

As Black History Month 2021 draws to a close, the Historical Collections in the HSHSL could not let the month past without looking back on UMB’s African American history. The following highlights a few of the many student organizations throughout UMB’s history in an attempt to acknowledge the work of many to make our campus more inclusive and diverse. Continue reading

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UMB and the United States Presidency: Faculty and Alumni Ties to the Country’s Highest Office

In celebration of President’s Day, Historical Collections at the HSHSL is looking back on University of Maryland, Baltimore’s connections to the United States Presidency.  With a founding date of 1807, UMB is just thirty-one years shy of sharing a birthyear with the United States and with a home in Baltimore a mere thirty-eight miles from Washington, D.C. it is not surprising to find ties to the U.S. Presidency.  The following outlines three UMB faculty and alumni and their ties to the highest U.S. Office.  Continue reading

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