Special Collections continues our archival project Archives Gold: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th, a special series showcasing 50 different objects that tell the story of UMBC. This week we present a Dorm I, II, and III reunion mug from 2006.
Dorm I, II, III Reunion Mug, 2006. University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)
The first dorms on the UMBC campus opened in March of 1970. Each dorm initially housed 150 students and were co-ed, with women on the top two floors and men on the bottom floor. These early dorms were given numbers as their names- Dorm I, Dorm II, and Dorm III- until 1979 when the university, after popular support of the students, decided to change their names. Similar in style to the dorms of University of Maryland, College Park which were named after Maryland counties and cities, the UMBC dorms were renamed after Maryland bodies of water (Susquehanna, Chesapeake, Patapsco, and Potomac Hall).