Albin O. Kuhn served as the first Chancellor of UMBC from 1966-1972. He earned degrees
in Agriculture and Agronomy and served as a professor and head of the Agronomy department
at College Park. Kuhn went on to serve as the Assistant to the President (1955-1958)
and the Execuative Vice President (1958-1965), before being tasked with the responsibility
of overseeing the two university campuses in the Baltimore area. Kuhn served as the
Chancellor of both UMBC (1966-1972) and the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1966-1979)
before being appointed as the Executive Vice President for the University of Maryland
System in 1979. He held this position until his retirement in 1982. The library at
UMBC was dedicated the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery in 1982.
This collection has been divided into five series. Only the first two series are fully
processed at the folder level; please contact Special Collections for further information.
The Kuhn papers are divided into 5 series. The first two series of the Kuhn papers
contain a great deal of information on the planning and creation of the UMBC campus.
Details pertaining to how the land was acquired, projected traffic patterns, campus
buildings, the formation of curriculum and a faculty are documented. Information on
decisions such as admission requirements, grading policies, and student discipline
Series A and B contain many of the key documents pertaining to the history of the
UMBC campus. In particular, documents on expansion of the University of Maryland System
in boxes 4 and 5 and boxes 22 and 23 contain items that relate to UMBC's early days.
Box 23 contains a photography album and scrapbook put together by Mrs. Leroy Haile
that documents the Stabler Manual Labor School and Farm that stood on the site of
UMBC. There are also photographs of the campus under construction and of the first
The papers were accessioned in 1982. Members of the Kuhn family donated several more
boxes, items, and photographs in 2010.
President’s Office records, University Archives, Collection 50, Special Collections,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
The Albin O. Kuhn papers were housed originally in the basement of the Health Sciences
Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Before being transferred to UMBC
the papers were surveyed. They were found to be in disarray and no order was apparent
among the papers. Approximately one-half of the papers were labeled file folders.
The remainder of the collection, including correspondence, reports, publications,
budget and financial statements, were not similarly organized or identified. The decision
was made to move the papers to the Special Collections department at UMBC for purposes
of locating material pertaining to the founding and early development of the Baltimore
County campus. The papers were originally arranged and described in February 1990
by Lori Voskull & Timothy Pyatt. The focus was placed on the first two series due
to time and staff constraints. A folder listing is available for these two series
only; please contact Special Collections staff for information on the remaining three
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Kuhn, Albin Owings, 1916-
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland System
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Presidents
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Administration
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Planning
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- History
Date: circa 1952-1965
Extent: 10 boxes
This series contains records from Kuhn's work at the University of Maryland's College
Park and Baltimore City campuses and planning materials for the expansion of the University
of Maryland. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Date: circa 1965-1972
Extent: 14 boxes
Includes documents relating to the opening of UMBC and Kuhn's time as chancellor.
Because Kuhn served as chancellor of both the UMBC and Baltimore campuses simutaneously,
there is some overlap and materials relating to the Baltimore campus are also available
in this series. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Extent: 28 boxes
Documents relating to Kuhn's tenure as chancellor of the University of Maryland,
Baltimore. This series is largely unprocessed.
Date: circa 1958-1972
Extent: 9 boxes
This series is unprocessed. Documents regarding Kuhn's interaction with the University
of Maryland System can also be found in Series I-III.
Date: circa 1934-1972
Extent: 5 boxes
This series is unprocessed.
University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus History Collection. Accessed November 19,
University Archives at University of Maryland, College Park. Accessed November 19,
UMBC Oral History collection, University Archives, Collection 55, Special Collections,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD). Accessed November 19, 2015. http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll055.php.