Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History
We've extended our Launch campaign! Help us meet our match!
Tom McMillen has pledged $20,000 and Len and Gail Elmore have pledged $10,000 in support of our digitization project. Help us match their commitment to this critical preservation initiative by making a gift today! Our Launch campaign has been extended until June 30, so please share the word about our work!
A special thank-you as well to an anonymous donor for supporting this project through a $10,000 match!
Our Digitization Project
The University Archives actively works to document and preserve University of Maryland's history, including our athletic achievements. Our archive has more than 1,200 film reels and 2,800 videotapes of men's basketball footage spanning from 1953 to 2014. Many of these materials are fragile and in danger of being lost forever.
We need your help to ensure this historic footage is available for generations to come.
We need to reach our goal of $500,000 in order to digitize all 4,000 pieces of film and video. Once digitized and preserved, every game, highlight reel, and interview will be available online, 24/7 through the University Archives digital collections!
Time is of the essence! While properly developed film can last for decades, we are at serious risk of losing games recorded on videotape. Video starts to deteriorate much faster than film and can be entirely ruined within 30 years... that means tapes from the mid-1980s could already be gone forever! Some of our film reels have started to lose sound at this point -- great picture, but no commentary!
Help us save this history before it's too late!
Make a gift today by giving to the overall project on this page. You can also make a gift by check to count toward the campaign. Insert "Basketball Footage Preservation Fund" on the memo line, and make your check payable to the "University of Maryland College Park Foundation." Please send your check to Kristy McDermott, 6131 McKeldin Library, 7549 Library Lane, College Park, MD 20742.
Help us save this important part of our university history today! Thank you for your support, and Go Terps!
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