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History of UMBC

This guide contains information about the available resources for conducting research on the history of UMBC's origins, people, departments, and traditions.

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Lindsey Loeper

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Special Collections Reading Room Hours

Spring and Fall Terms

Monday 12 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday 12 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 12 pm - 4 pm
Thursday 12 pm - 7 pm
Friday by appointment
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

By appointment: Intersession, Summer Term, Winter Term and all other hours


Phone: (410) 455-2353


Blueprints of UMBC buildings

Special Collections holds the original print blueprints for the campus. These blueprints are not currently accessible to researchers and require permission from Facilities Management before use. Contact Lindsey Loeper for additional information and assistance. UMBC students: if you need the blueprints for a course assignment, please ask your professor to submit the request. 

Maps of the UMBC campus and environs

While the University Archives does not have a dedicated map collection, maps of the campus and surrounding area are available in several locations. Aerial photographs of campus are available in the University Photographs. The Timeline can often assist in determining when a building was constructed.


Campus map from 1969 Undergraduate Catalog

This campus map, from the 1969 Undergraduate Catalog, shows both the completed and proposed buildings. The completed buildings and parking lots are shown in black.