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Maryland State Normal School (Towson, MD)



In 1866 the Maryland State Normal School (MSNS) opened to train teachers for the state public school system. It had been established in 1864 when the Maryland state constitution was rewritten to provide for a public school system.

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Hilda Crass papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 32055662348719]
Identifier: MSS-0039
Scope and Contents

Class notebooks and school papers

Dates: circa 1890

Financial Affairs records

 Record Group
Identifier: 003-005
Scope and Contents

The Financial Affairs records houses the business records of the Towson University department of Financial Affairs. These records, which date from 1876 to 1970, consist of financial ledgers, journals, receipts, and correspondence used by Towson University to track expenditures and costs of various university endeavors and projects.

Dates: 1876-1970

Hanway family collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0020
Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials dating from approximately 1910 through the 1960s belonging to Elizabeth, Laura, and Hannah Hanway (all Maryland State Normal School (MSNS) alumni) including elementary school through university notebooks and assignments, later alumni materials, and a scrapbook from Hannah's time at MSNS.

Dates: circa 1910s-1960s

Elizabeth Hartje papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0018

Anne Elizabeth Hartje, a member of Maryland State Normal School's class of 1931 served on various alumni committees including the Alumni Board of Directors, the Alumni Committee for the College of Education, the Phonathon Committee, and the Towson University Alumni Council for Towson University. This collection includes correspondence, photographs, personal notes, publications, programs, and other types of memorabilia.

Dates: 1929-2007

McFadden Alexander Newell records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-002

McFadden Alexander Newell served as the first Principal of the Maryland State Normal School from 1866 to 1890. These records which date from 1889 to 1977 are composed of Newell’s publications, tributes, biographies, and correspondence.

Dates: 1889-1977, undated

Elijah Barrett Prettyman records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-003

Elijah Barrett Prettyman was the second principal at the Maryland State Normal School from 1890 until 1905. These records which date from 1890 to 1905 are composed of Newell’s publications, tributes, biographies, and correspondence.

Dates: 1890-1905, undated

Sarah Elizabeth Richmond records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-005

Sarah Elizabeth Richmond was the first female President of the Maryland State Teachers’ Association, and the first female Principal of the Maryland State Normal School. These records which date from 1860 to 1937 are composed of Sarah Richmond’s personal items, biographies, reports, speeches, correspondence, and memorials.

Dates: 1860-1937, undated

Ruby Arletta Heritage Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: ACC-18-11-0009

Lida Lee Tall records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-007
Abstract Lida Lee Tall served as Principal of the Maryland State Normal School from 1920 to 1934. After the merge with the Baltimore Teacher's Training School and name change to the State Teacher’s College at Towson, she continued to oversee the school and served as President until 1938. These records which date from 1896 to 1942 contain personal items, official correspondence, school reports, items relating to Tall’s retirement celebration, memorial service programs, and notebooks relating to...
Dates: 1896-1942, undated

The Towerlight records

Identifier: 004-006-001-001

The Towerlight is the online independent student newspaper at Towson University. It is run by Towson students, and frequently updates the campus on events and news. This collection contains photographs used (and not) in publication as well as a full print run spanning 100 years.

Digitized copies of all volumes exist in SCUA's digital collections.

Dates: circa 1980-1999