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Title: UMBC Oral History collection
Call Number: Coll055
Creator: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dates: 1993-2014
Size: 43 boxes (10.75 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: Collection consists of oral history interviews with UMBC faculty, staff, and alumni in the context of several different initiatives, including Dr. Edward Orser's oral history project in the 1990s in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of UMBC; the UMBC Founders Oral History Project, established and managed through the Martha Ross Center for Oral History; and most recently, oral histories conducted in preparation for the 50th anniversary of UMBC. Materials include paperwork, original recordings, duplicate dvds, and transcripts.
Citation: UMBC Oral History collection, University Archives, Collection 55, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Several oral history projects have been undertaken at UMBC. The first, led by Dr. Ed Orser for the 30th anniversary, was completed in the mid 1990s and a half hour compilation was completed, titled "UMBC: The First Years." In preparation for the 40th anniversary in 2006, additional interviews were conducted by Joseph Tatarewicz and Barry Lanman of the Martha Ross Center for Oral History; this project, which is still active, is called the UMBC Founders Oral History Project. Additionally, Dr. Larry Wilt and Dr. George La Noue have both conducted interviews with UMBC-related administrators for the 40th anniversary and 50th anniversary, respectively.

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Collection material has been sent from several different sources depending on the interviewer or the group that created the recordings. Accessions: UARC1993-01, UARC1996-18, UARC2001-06, UARC2001-09, UARC2002-16-02, UARC2007-22, UARC2009-48, UARC2009-49, UARC2009-103, UARC2010-028. Additional materials were transferred from Collections 196 and 207. Accessions: UARC 2010-07 and UARC 2015-21.

Processing Note

Each interview has been assigned a unique number (e.g., OH-001), which applies to all formats in which the interview is held. Successive interviews with the same interviewees are given another number. These numbers provide the physical organizing principle for the collection. At the first processing, the numbers were assigned based on an alphabetical ordering of the names of interviewees, but subsequent additions to the collection will be assigned new numbers and the alphabetical arrangement will not be continued.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding aid available.

Finding Aid:

Access Conditions

This collection requires review by Special Collections staff prior to use by researchers. Please review the guideline, Use of UMBC Oral Histories (, for additional information. Users should submit their request to view this collection at or 410-455-2353.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. UMBC is the copyright owner; permission to reproduce is required.

Subject Headings


University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Martha Ross Center for Oral History

Wilt, Lawrence J. M.

LaNoue, George R.

Lanman, Barry Allen

Orser, W. Edward

Tatarewicz, Joseph N.

Willard, John D., V.


University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Administration

University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- History

University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Students

Barker, Evelyn M. -- Interviews

Bass, Scott A. -- Interviews

Behm, Mark -- Interviews

Brown, Charles R. -- Interviews

Burchard, Robert -- Interviews

Carmi, S. -- Interviews

Chisholm, Guy -- Interviews

Dietrich, Mimi -- Interviews

Dietrich, Robert -- Interviews

Dorsey, John W., 1936- -- Interviews

Eckert, Kevin -- Interviews

Finklestein, Jonathan -- Interviews

Glascoe, Betty -- Interviews

Grabill, Vin -- Interviews

Haskell, John, Jr. -- Interviews

Hess, Carol -- Interviews

Hickman, Timothy -- Interviews

Hrabowski, Freeman A. -- Interviews

James, Beverly Rankin -- Interviews

Jeffries, John W., 1942- -- Interviews

Johnson, Arthur T. -- Interviews

Kaplan, Louis L. (Louis Lionel), 1902-2001 -- Interviews

Korenman, Joan Smolin -- Interviews

Kuhn, Albin Owings, 1916- -- Interviews

Langenberg, D. N., 1932- -- Interviews

Lasher, Lawrence M. -- Interviews

Mandel, Marvin, 1920- -- Interviews

McCready, Sam -- Interviews

Miller, Cheryl M. -- Interviews

Nedeloff, Cecilia -- Interviews

Neville, Richard F., 1931- -- Interviews

Orser, W. Edward -- Interviews

Rawlings, Howard P. -- Interviews

Roberts, Richard -- Interviews

Robinson, Alice M., 1922- -- Interviews

Roswell, May -- Interviews

Rothstein, William G. -- Interviews

Rouse, Gail Williams -- Interviews

Schamp, H. W. (Homer Ward), 1923- -- Interviews

Schwartz, Jim -- Interviews

Suess, Jack -- Interviews

Walton, Elizabeth -- Interviews

Watts, Dick -- Interviews

Wilson, Sue -- Interviews

Woolston, Charles -- Interviews

Yager, David -- Interviews

Zerrlaut, Kathy -- Interviews

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