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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 15 Collections and/or Records:

Baltimore Teachers Training School collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0001
Overview The Baltimore Teachers’ Training School opened on January 5, 1901 at the corner of Lafayette Square and Greene Street in Baltimore City. It was established by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in response to a call for educational reform. This collection contains correspondence regarding the 1924 merger of the Baltimore Teachers’ Training School with the Maryland State Normal School in, information about student life and activities, and official student records.
Dates: 1908-1973

Hilda Crass papers

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

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

Identifier: MSS-0018
Overview 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
Overview 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
Overview 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
Overview 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

Identifier: 18-11-0009

Lida Lee Tall records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-001-007
Overview 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 various...
Dates: 1896-1942, undated