Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Collection Albin O. Kuhn papers
Call Number Coll044
Creator Kuhn, Albin Owings, 1916-;
Finding Aids Finding aid available.
Digital Link Finding aid:
Date 1950-1980
Description 67 boxes (67 linear feet)
UMBC Department President, Office of the
Scope & Content Files document Albin O. Kuhn's employment in the University System of Maryland including his involvement with the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB), College Park (UMCP), and Baltimore County (UMBC) campuses. Kuhn served as a professor, administrator, chancellor, and advisor during his tenure and this collection reflects the breadth of his involvement. The development of UMBC was overseen by Kuhn and he served as the campus's first chancellor; both of these roles are extensively covered in this archive. Collection also includes a great deal of information on UMBC history, planning, and campus construction.
Language English (eng)
Admin/Biographical History Albin O. Kuhn served as the first Chancellor of UMBC from 1966-1972. He earned degrees in Agriculture and Agronomy and served as a professor and head of the Agronomy department at College Park. Kuhn went on to serve as the Assistant to the President (1955-1958) and the Executive Vice President (1958-1965), before being tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the two university campuses in the Baltimore area. Kuhn served as the Chancellor of both UMBC (1966-1972) and the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1966-1979) before being appointed as the Executive Vice President for the University of Maryland System in 1979. He held this position until his retirement in 1982. The library at UMBC was dedicated the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery in 1982.
Arrangement Organized into 5 series: Series A. Pre-UMBC, 1950-1966. Series B. UMBC years, 1960-1975. Series C. UMAB and the University Hospital, 1965-1980. Series D. University of Maryland System. Series E. Miscellaneous.
Access Conditions No restrictions.
Copyrights Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Citation Albin O. Kuhn papers, University Archives, Collection 44, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
Provenance and Aquisition Information The papers were accessioned in 1982. Members of the Kuhn family donated several more boxes, items, and photographs in 2010.
Processing Information The Albin O. Kuhn papers were housed originally in the basement of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Before being transferred to UMBC the papers were surveyed. They were found to be in disarray and no order was apparent among the papers. Approximately one-half of the papers were labeled file folders. The remainder of the collection, including correspondence, reports, publications, budget and financial statements, were not similarly organized or identified. The decision was made to move the papers to the Special Collections department at UMBC for purposes of locating material pertaining to the founding and early development of the Baltimore County campus.

The papers were originally arranged and described in February 1990 by Lori Voskull & Timothy Pyatt. The focus was placed on the first two series due to time and staff constraints. A folder listing is available for these two series only; please contact Special Collections staff for information on the remaining three series.
Archivist Pyatt, Timothy and Lori Voskull
Format personal papers
Other Creators University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
University of Maryland System;
University of Maryland, Baltimore;
University of Maryland (College Park, Md.);
People Kuhn, Albin Owings, 1916-;
University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
University of Maryland, Baltimore;
University System of Maryland;
University of Maryland (College Park, Md.);
Subjects University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Presidents;
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Administration;
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Planning;
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- History;
Year Range from 1950
Year Range to 1980