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Special Collections Department and University Archives


    UMES Yearbooks (1959-2009)

    The yearbook collection is the first digitization effort from our Special Collections department. We are excited to share this part of UMES history with you. Special thanks are given to the Division of Institutional Advancement, Office of Alumni Affairs & Planned Giving for funding this project.

    There are several viewing options. You can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or search the full text version. The PDF files are compressed for easy download but depending on the size of the original, the compression can lead them to have lower quality.  So we recommend reviewing via Read Online as those are generated from the master jpeg2000 files. 

    Click Here  to enter The Hawk yearbook collection online.



    Finding Aids

    Finding aids are guides to help you locate documents and records in the University Archives collection. The Office of the President is the first finding aid that has been  worked on. Additional materials will be added to this finding aid and others as they are completed. Once you find an item of interest, please come to the second floor of the library at the Special Collections Desk and ask to see the file in question. You must have either a Hawk Card ID or a valid driver’s license to view the item(s). If you are located a great distance from campus, please contact Sharon Brooks, Interim Dean of Library Services at  sdbrooks@umes.edu or call 410-651-6275 for other  arrangements.  


    Office of the President




    Who Are We?

    We are excited, stoic, smiling, sad, serious, energized Hawks waiting to be identified by you! We reside in the Special Collections department and University Archives of the Frederick Douglass Library as part of the Thomas Wiles Collection. Unfortunately, so many of these precious photographs don’t appear in the yearbooks. We remain unidentified and without an approximate year of creation attached to us. This is where you can be of great help to the Special Collections staff. Revisit those cherished memories and images of classmates. Maybe it's you! 

                                       Click Here to see the pictures!

    Then report back to Sharon Brooks with as many details as you can at sdbrooks@umes.edu or call 410-651-6275.

    Thank you for your assistance!


    About Special Collections and University Archives

    The Special Collections Department and University Archives specialize in the acquisition, preservation, and use of  material that documents:

    • the history, culture, and literature of African Americans; 
    • the history, culture, and literature of the Eastern Shore of Maryland; 
    • and the historical development of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Located on the Second floor of the Frederick Douglass Library, the department’s collections are housed in secure stack areas where environmental conditions are carefully monitored to insure a stable temperature and humidity within ranges appropriate for the preservation of special materials.  The department also maintains an exhibit room used to mount periodic exhibits which highlight its holdings or reflect special themes and subjects.  University Archives and the Eastern Shore Reference Collection are components of the Special Collections Department.         

    Exhibit Room Hours 

            Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or by appointment       

    Archives Hours 

            Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or by appointment


    • Reference and Referral Assistance
    • Research Assistance
    • Interpretive and Informative Exhibits
    • Photocopy Service
    • Photo Print Duplication
    • Individualized Bibliographic Instruction in the use of the Online Catalog (USMAI)
    • Small Group Tours of the Department

    Library Mural

    Click Here to learn more about the Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman mural.

    Historical Images of UMES

    Click Here to see some historical images of UMES from the Archives/Special Collections. 


    African American (Black Collection)

    This collection is housed in Special Collections Room 1(2113).  The focus of the collection is African American History, culture, and literature encompassing mostly out-of-print, rare, and first editions.  Many of these titles circulate in-house only.

    Eastern Shore Reference Collection

    The Eastern Shore Reference Collection is a collection of books, clippings, photographs, correspondence, reports, maps, and related items which document the history and culture of the Eastern Shore of Maryland (especially Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties).

    Dissertations and Theses

    University Archives

    As the official depository for the permanent records of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the collection scope includes the entire history of the institution from 1886 to the present.  The department actively solicits manuscripts, personal papers, photographs, and other research material documenting the history of UMES and its parent institutions. 

    Collection development focuses on unpublished materials such as correspondence, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and research files.  Proper security and care are provided for donated materials.  Several of our larger manuscript collections bear names of their donors.  You can help preserve our institution’s heritage as well as African American and Eastern Shore heritage by donating historical records to the Archives and Manuscript Collections, which in addition to UMES records, also collects records of:  

    • Organizations
    • Churches
    • Businesses
    • Individuals and Families
    • Social Groups
    • Professional Groups


    Types of materials sought are: Letters, Publications, Reports, Scrapbooks, Minutes, Videotapes, Diaries, Tape Recordings, Photographs, Films, Memorabilia, and Artifacts. 

    Contents of the University Archives include:

    • Institutional Reports
    • Photograph Collection
    • Yearbook Collection
    • University Records
    • University Catalogues
    • University Publications
    • Records of the Library   


    Manuscript Collections consists of:

    • Richard A. Henson Collection
    • John Taylor Williams Collection
    • J. Thomas Tilghman Collection (Funeral Bulletins)
    • Evelyn’s Village Inn Collection
    • Waters Family Collection
    • Metropolitan United Methodist Church Records
    • Miles Family Papers
    • Greene-Spellman Family Papers
    • Daniel Rideout Papers
    • Sammie Thomas Papers
    • Lauren Taylor Collection of the Delaware Conference Annual Report, 1884-19-
    • Taylor/Connor Estate Postcard Collection (Ocean City)
    • John Wennersten Research Files
    • Joel Schor Papers
    • Frank Trigg Family Papers


    updated 04/10/2013