University of Maryland: McKeldin Library

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About this Print

The standard framed size of this print is 15-by-20 inches.
Larger versions of this print do not include framing.

The Theodore R. McKeldin Library, built in 1958, looks across a nine-acre mall, once considered to be the largest academic mall in the country. It is also home to the beloved mascot, Testudo. The T. R. McKeldin Library was named to honor a man who was a Governor of Maryland and a Mayor of Baltimore City. It is the largest of several libraries on campus and houses an extensive collection of research resources and instructional material. Microforms, periodicals and pamphlets help to make up more than 1.7 million volumes that reside here. The Dean of Libraries has his office on the fourth floor of McKeldin.

TESTUTO…the beloved mascot of the University of Maryland.
In the midst of the Great Depression, 268 members of the class of 1933 somehow got the funds to pay for the sculpture. The SGA President took a live terrapin by train to the sculptor, Aristide Cianfarani, who made the form for the Gorham Manufacturing Co., to cast the statue of Testuto. Weighing 300 lbs., the original casting rested on a pedestal in front of Ritchie Coliseum. After several kidnappings of Testudo by Johns Hopkins Students, the campus officials filled the statue with iron rods and concrete, raising his weight to approx. 1000 lbs., and permanently attached him to his concrete base. In 1965, he was repositioned in front of McKeldin Library where he is viewed in this drawing. The long tradition of rubbing his nose for good luck has given Testudo a noticeably shiny snout. He is also left flowers, beer, money, candy, and other offerings, prior to final exams!

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