Captain Florent Groberg Materials

All the way back in September, the Veterans Department at Largo I contacted me asking if the archives would like a couple of posters from an event that had been held in 2017; they didn’t want to simply throw away objects they knew represented a significant event for UMUC.

Jumping at the opportunity to bring more objects into the archives, I accepted these two awesome (and fairly sizable) posters from them. It turned out that these posters were from the book signing that had occurred on December 18, 2017 at which Captain Florent Groberg autographed copies of “8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story,” which recounts the story of how Captain Groberg earned a Medal of Honor.

The following are pictures of the posters, one of which provides of synopsis of the events which earned Captain Groberg the Medal of Honor.

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Below is the invitation that was sent out for the book signing; this gives a summary of the book “8 Seconds of Courage.”Florent Groberg

In addition to the posters, we also have the booklet from the 2016 Commencement at which Captain Groberg spoke. The blurb lists the many other awards and decorations earned by the Captain; it also indicates that Captain Florent Groberg is currently “pursuing a Master of Science in Management degree with a specialization in Intelligence Management at UMUC. How cool is that?!Commencement Booklet

We in the archives are very excited to have these materials to document such significant events in UMUC’s history! It is such a great honor to have this hero in our midst.




Old Logo Ephemera

As many of you know, on June 4, 2018 UMUC changed its logo, color scheme, and descriptor to better reflect who we are as a university.  IMG_1875

Out with the old and in with the new! Which, incidentally, also meant out with all of the old logo paraphernalia and in with the new logo paraphernalia!

Of course, being the efficient machine that we are, both Adelphi and Largo were able to dispose of their old logo items all within one week in September; we’re talking boxes upon boxes of letterhead, envelopes, pens, pins, banners, booklets, clocks, clothing, journals and jerseys! What could be reused was carefully donated to the homeless and schools or recycled, the rest was tossed.

img_1873-e1538042447538.jpg However, let it be known that the archive, hoarders of UMUC, lets nothing be disposed of en masse without first sorting through it all with unconcealed glee to find the best treasures in need of preservation for our posterity.


Remember in 2015 when we were, ever so briefly, the Nighthawks?

I spent the week working with Cora Lee Gilbert, Director of Sustainability and Contract Services, who was directing the disposal of old logo items at both Largo and Adelphi. She was very enthusiastic about helping the archives salvage anything and everything we felt was worth preserving, setting aside boxes of books, clothes, office supplies, and banners to ensure that we were able to keep everything we wanted! Thank you so much, Cora Lee!

And boy, did we get some awesome stuff! I wanted to share some of the coolest ephemera we were able to add to our archives.

This collection of old logo items represents a wonderful and successful history for UMUC and we are so happy to be able to be a part of keeping that history alive.


One of those giant cardboard checks for scholarship awards


An Archivist’s Loves…

As UMUC’s Archivist, I have a great many things in the Archives that I love…but my affections seem to be fickle, due to the sheer amount of items we have and the amazing discoveries we make every day.  But there are two things that I have copies of in my office that haven’t gone out of style for me.


They aren’t unique — like the Honey Bucket (which has been featured on this blog before).

They aren’t breathtaking — like the photos of Germany right after the war (those will be featured here as soon as we get them scanned and online).

They aren’t cool – like the steins that Dr. Ray Ehrensberger collected.


In fact, they are just two pictures.  Both of groups of men.


The first, is a pictures of a group of UMUC students.  All of them from the military.  The unique thing about this picture is that these students represent each arm of the military (sans Coast Guard).  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines – they are all seated around a table, working on something, and each one of them is one of our students.  It reminds me on a daily basis how far reaching UMUC really is…and how important the work we do is.

A group of UMUC students, from all different branches of the military, study together.


The second picture is a pictures of a young Dr. Ray Ehrensberger.  He is standing among a group of peers at his college (we assume sometime near graduation).  He is the tallest, in the center, and wearing the most amazing white linen suit I’ve ever seen.  He also has a glass in his hand, and he looks EVERY BIT the kind of man that will come into Germany right after WWII and get a new University off the ground with not enough faculty, or books, or supplies.  This is the portrait of our foundation for me – the “hit the ground running” type of attitude we STILL have in our University even after all these years.

A group of young men face the camera, in the middle a young Dr. Ray Ehrensberger stands with a glass in hand.

Thanks for taking a look at the blog, and check back soon for more.

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Photographs from the Asia Division


While sifting through the many boxes we received from UMUC’s Asia Division, I came across these beautiful photo albums!






There are multiple boxes filled with photographs that show various events and ceremonies, such as commencement, as well as pictures of students and faculty.

Many of the photographs that are not stored in albums, came to us in these envelopes. Many of the envelopes are labelled, to some degree, so we are able to determine what the photos pertain to and in what context they were used.




Thankfully, some of the photos have a description on the back that will help us identify the location, people, and event captured. This information will make it easier not only for us, but for anyone who wants to find a particular image or type of image!


One of these days, we will be able to digitize these photographs and make them available to the public. We cannot wait to be able to share these wonderful collections with you!



“University of the World”

7000 students

The Marylander vol 1 no 3 March 1955

One of the coolest parts of working in the archives is getting to work my way through the history of UMUC. Being able to see how the University’s overseas program grew so rapidly, both in size and in number of students, is a common theme among many of the articles I find among our records.


In this article from a 1955 edition of the Marylander, the enrollment of 7000 students is celebrated as record breaking. All of the locations of each Center around the world is listed, giving us a great look at how widespread the University of Maryland overseas program was spread shortly after its inception.


However, only two years later, as the snippet below from a 1957 edition of the Sunday Sun shows, we had 23,000 students in 200 centers in 19 countries around the world. Our student population more than tripled in two years!



Sunday Sun June 1957


The fact that we were so widespread and had far more enrollments than had originally been anticipated during the overseas program’s inception in 1947 is pretty spectacular to me!


An American Looks at the University of Heidelberg…and it’s gorgeous!

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The Old City of Heidelberg

Rosemary, our walking encyclopedia of all that is the European division, located this delightful book called An American Looks at the University of Heidelberg by Waldemar M. Heidtke within the archives. Many of our overseas students in Germany took courses at Heidelberg, and UMUC even held commencement ceremonies there, thus making it an important part of our history!heidelberg-2.jpg

While this book is small, it contains a number of beautiful images, some of which are shown here, from the University, and the city, of Heidelberg.

It also provides an interesting but brief history of the University of Heidelberg, which is “as famous as…great American universities,” beginning with its founding in 1386 by “the Elector Rupert, who later became emperor of the Holy Roman Empire,” up to 1967 when this book was written.   

The book ends with this phenomenal passage: “ Students come to Heidelberg from all countries, because the University pursues all disciplines in the light of the single all embracing truth embedded in the meaning of the Latin word, “universitas,” which is that of an organic totality of knowledge. The University finds any particular discipline meaningful to the extent that it mirrors this totality in any special application. All academic instruction in Heidelberg is an 

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earnest search for ultimate truth. The great and noble objective of Heidelberg has in the course of time become the lodestar of every important university in the United States. What Heidelberg did in the face of the many hardships it had encountered during the long and dark period of the groping mind, and what Heidelberg is doing today may be regarded as an uncompromising devotion to the principle of the unfettered development of the human mind and spirit, most deeply cherished by every freedom-loving American.”

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If you would like to take a closer look at this book and read of Heidelberg’s fascinating history, feel free to pop down to the archives for a gander!




Marylander Monday

While perusing through the Marylanders, I happened across this article from 1954 that I thought would be of interest to those of you who enjoy the history of our university.


From Marylander No 1 Vol 1 Nov. 1, 1954,  page 5

This article focuses on some thoughts by Dr. Augustus J. Prahl, former director of the European program back when it was still called the College of Special and Continuation Studies, or CSCS.

Responding to questions regarding the off-campus education program, Dr. Prahl stated that “It is necessary…for members of the armed services to be as familiar with the ideas for which the United States stands as with complicated new weapons, since almost every soldier, airman, sailor and marine acts as an Ambassador from this country.”

This is a wonderful quote that really gives a perfect justification for UMUC’s creation and present existence.

Dr. Prahl also gives us a small snapshot of the not insignificant adversities through which overseas students had to endure in order to attend courses and earn their degrees. For instance, he mentions that “one officer traveled 160,000 miles in pursuit of his degree.” And we thought walking uphill in the snow was difficult!