November 29, 2012: the 100th Anniversary of the Great Fire

Thanksgiving Dance ends in fire; a modern University rises from the ashes.

Photo taken by Edwin Powell. This photograph shows the Barracks engulfed in flames on the night of November 29, 1912. By morning, two of the school’s most valued structures were completely lost, and students found themselves with no place to live on campus.
~University of Maryland Print File, Acc. 6377
© Lee Pennington


The University of Maryland remembers the events that occurred on this night, 100 years ago, permanently changing the course of its history.

Follow “live” reporting of the #fire1912, starting tonight, @UMDArchives or University Archives at the University of Maryland Facebook!

Read events leading up to and during the fire on the anniversary blog. Understand the aftermath of this devastating night, and how the Maryland Agricultural College used this as an opportunity to redefine its identity.

Check out the online exhibit the Great Fire, Maryland Agricultural College, 1912

What would happen if the college burned down? It’s been an item of speculation among students for 115 years. Read this poem from the 1897 Reveille yearbook.

Read an article at CBS Baltimore featuring University Archivist Anne Turkos!


For more information about the Great Fire, Maryland Agricultural College, and University of Maryland history, contact the University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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