Towson University Special Collections and University Archives

Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Our collections range from University records, photographs, course catalogs, yearbooks, and students newspapers, to non-University manuscript collections and artifacts.

Find us on the 5th floor of the Albert S. Cook Library. The Towson University Archives and Special Collections facilities house the historical records and artifacts of the University, from its founding as a normal school to its present status as a comprehensive metropolitan university.

Operating as usual

Monday.
04/19/2021

Monday.

Monday.

04/16/2021
Greetings, Tigers!We would like to invite you to participate in a short survey that focuses on student awareness of Spec...
04/15/2021

Greetings, Tigers!
We would like to invite you to participate in a short survey that focuses on student awareness of Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) at Towson University. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of awareness among the general student body of TU regarding SCUA. Using the data collected, we hope to learn more about the relationship between TU students and SCUA and determine how we can best cultivate our relationship with students, encourage engagement with the archives, and ultimately empower students to donate materials.
Anyone over the age of 18 who is a current undergraduate or graduate student at Towson University is eligible to participate. If you consent to participate, you will be asked to answer approximately 17 questions, which should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available at https://forms.gle/yH9npvJWms3CyKaQ6
The survey will be live until Friday, May 7th. If you have any questions, please contact the Co-Investigators, Ashley Todd-Diaz ([email protected]) and Peyton Cleary ([email protected]).

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Ashley Todd-Diaz, Assistant University Librarian for SCUA, Principal Investigator
Peyton Cleary, Student Researcher for SCUA, Co-Investigator

Greetings, Tigers!
We would like to invite you to participate in a short survey that focuses on student awareness of Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) at Towson University. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of awareness among the general student body of TU regarding SCUA. Using the data collected, we hope to learn more about the relationship between TU students and SCUA and determine how we can best cultivate our relationship with students, encourage engagement with the archives, and ultimately empower students to donate materials.
Anyone over the age of 18 who is a current undergraduate or graduate student at Towson University is eligible to participate. If you consent to participate, you will be asked to answer approximately 17 questions, which should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available at https://forms.gle/yH9npvJWms3CyKaQ6
The survey will be live until Friday, May 7th. If you have any questions, please contact the Co-Investigators, Ashley Todd-Diaz ([email protected]) and Peyton Cleary ([email protected]).

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Ashley Todd-Diaz, Assistant University Librarian for SCUA, Principal Investigator
Peyton Cleary, Student Researcher for SCUA, Co-Investigator

Last week we posted a photo of President Hawkins and school leaders having a meal at the table in the Glen.Here's Minnie...
04/14/2021

Last week we posted a photo of President Hawkins and school leaders having a meal at the table in the Glen.
Here's Minnie L. Davis, principal of the Model School, having a meal with students. Can you guess where?

Last week we posted a photo of President Hawkins and school leaders having a meal at the table in the Glen.
Here's Minnie L. Davis, principal of the Model School, having a meal with students. Can you guess where?

OOh, sorry, sorry.We know you hate to be disturbed. Happy Monday?
04/12/2021

OOh, sorry, sorry.
We know you hate to be disturbed.
Happy Monday?

OOh, sorry, sorry.
We know you hate to be disturbed.
Happy Monday?

Tigerfest 2001.Would you have taken a chance at American Gladiator glory?
04/09/2021

Tigerfest 2001.
Would you have taken a chance at American Gladiator glory?

Tigerfest 2001.
Would you have taken a chance at American Gladiator glory?

I got this a few years ago from Ebay.Did you know that the Administration Building was originally an office building for...
04/08/2021

I got this a few years ago from Ebay.
Did you know that the Administration Building was originally an office building for Esso/Exxon?

I got this a few years ago from Ebay.
Did you know that the Administration Building was originally an office building for Esso/Exxon?

Did you know the Administration Building was originally constructed as an office building for Esso, which we know as Exx...
04/08/2021

Did you know the Administration Building was originally constructed as an office building for Esso, which we know as Exxon?
I bought this matchbook off of Ebay a few years ago.

Did you know the Administration Building was originally constructed as an office building for Esso, which we know as Exxon?
I bought this matchbook off of Ebay a few years ago.

Last week a lot of you guessed that the building pictured was the Union. And that was where the video games were, too! I...
04/07/2021

Last week a lot of you guessed that the building pictured was the Union. And that was where the video games were, too! In what is now Paws.
This one is also pretty easy, but the weather has us thinking about dinner outside.

Last week a lot of you guessed that the building pictured was the Union. And that was where the video games were, too! In what is now Paws.
This one is also pretty easy, but the weather has us thinking about dinner outside.

This warm weather has us yearning for summer.What's your guess for this Trivia TUesday question?
04/06/2021

This warm weather has us yearning for summer.
What's your guess for this Trivia TUesday question?

This warm weather has us yearning for summer.
What's your guess for this Trivia TUesday question?

For years, the Towerlight has published special editions of the newspaper for April Fools' Day.This one from 50 years ag...
04/01/2021

For years, the Towerlight has published special editions of the newspaper for April Fools' Day.
This one from 50 years ago has a whole game in the center spread!
http://ow.ly/hRRm50Edv6T

For years, the Towerlight has published special editions of the newspaper for April Fools' Day.
This one from 50 years ago has a whole game in the center spread!
http://ow.ly/hRRm50Edv6T

Did you guess the answer to last week's question?Maybe this will give you a hint.
03/31/2021

Did you guess the answer to last week's question?
Maybe this will give you a hint.

Did you guess the answer to last week's question?
Maybe this will give you a hint.

I love everything about this 1973 yearbook photo.Happy Friday!
03/26/2021

I love everything about this 1973 yearbook photo.
Happy Friday!

I love everything about this 1973 yearbook photo.
Happy Friday!

This 1915 atlas of Baltimore County shows the brand-new campus of the Maryland State Normal School, now known as TU.
03/25/2021

This 1915 atlas of Baltimore County shows the brand-new campus of the Maryland State Normal School, now known as TU.

This 1915 atlas of Baltimore County shows the brand-new campus of the Maryland State Normal School, now known as TU.

Ginger on IG guessed our last Where in TU location -- before spring break we posted a nighttime photo of the old Cook Li...
03/24/2021

Ginger on IG guessed our last Where in TU location -- before spring break we posted a nighttime photo of the old Cook Library, now known as the Media Center.
How about this one?

Ginger on IG guessed our last Where in TU location -- before spring break we posted a nighttime photo of the old Cook Library, now known as the Media Center.
How about this one?

Before spring break we asked if you knew the 5 leaders of TU who were women: Sarah Richmond, Lida Lee Tall, Theresa Wied...
03/23/2021

Before spring break we asked if you knew the 5 leaders of TU who were women: Sarah Richmond, Lida Lee Tall, Theresa Wiedefeld, Maravene Loeschke, and of course, Kim Schatzel.
What about this one?

Before spring break we asked if you knew the 5 leaders of TU who were women: Sarah Richmond, Lida Lee Tall, Theresa Wiedefeld, Maravene Loeschke, and of course, Kim Schatzel.
What about this one?

Happy Spring Break, Tigers!
03/12/2021

Happy Spring Break, Tigers!

Happy Spring Break, Tigers!

First she was a principal at the Maryland State Normal School.Then she was the first president of the State Teachers Col...
03/11/2021

First she was a principal at the Maryland State Normal School.
Then she was the first president of the State Teachers College at Towson.
We named two buildings after her, but you won't find them on campus.
Learn more at our upcoming event: http://ow.ly/YsP150DSV9q

First she was a principal at the Maryland State Normal School.
Then she was the first president of the State Teachers College at Towson.
We named two buildings after her, but you won't find them on campus.
Learn more at our upcoming event: http://ow.ly/YsP150DSV9q

Last week a number of you guessed that the Towers was pictured. Which Tower? I admit, my detective skills aren't that sh...
03/10/2021

Last week a number of you guessed that the Towers was pictured. Which Tower? I admit, my detective skills aren't that sharp.
So! How about this one?
I love nighttime campus photos.

Last week a number of you guessed that the Towers was pictured. Which Tower? I admit, my detective skills aren't that sharp.
So! How about this one?
I love nighttime campus photos.

Looks like we stumped folks with last week's question. The answer was false -- Towson has always been a co-educational s...
03/09/2021

Looks like we stumped folks with last week's question. The answer was false -- Towson has always been a co-educational school even though women have made up the majority of our student body.
How about this one?

Looks like we stumped folks with last week's question. The answer was false -- Towson has always been a co-educational school even though women have made up the majority of our student body.
How about this one?

The warmer weather makes us miss the Beach.
03/08/2021

The warmer weather makes us miss the Beach.

The warmer weather makes us miss the Beach.

FriYAY!Dance party!
03/05/2021

FriYAY!
Dance party!

FriYAY!
Dance party!

Wine to celebrate our 10th school leader, President Hoke Smith.
03/04/2021

Wine to celebrate our 10th school leader, President Hoke Smith.

Wine to celebrate our 10th school leader, President Hoke Smith.

Do you recognize the building pictured?Also, aww, moving in is always an emotional if exciting day.
03/03/2021

Do you recognize the building pictured?
Also, aww, moving in is always an emotional if exciting day.

Do you recognize the building pictured?
Also, aww, moving in is always an emotional if exciting day.

Last week, folks on FB knew that you could grab a beer and watch a band at the Rathskeller, also known as the Rat. It wa...
03/02/2021

Last week, folks on FB knew that you could grab a beer and watch a band at the Rathskeller, also known as the Rat. It was on the lower-level of the Union and was closed when the bookstore expanded.
How about today's?

Last week, folks on FB knew that you could grab a beer and watch a band at the Rathskeller, also known as the Rat. It was on the lower-level of the Union and was closed when the bookstore expanded.
How about today's?

You can't hide from a Monday, Tiger.It's still going to find you.
03/01/2021

You can't hide from a Monday, Tiger.
It's still going to find you.

You can't hide from a Monday, Tiger.
It's still going to find you.

Timeline Photos
02/26/2021

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
02/25/2021

Timeline Photos

Do you recognize the building behind the studious scholar?It was torn down in 2006, so if you were on campus after that,...
02/24/2021

Do you recognize the building behind the studious scholar?
It was torn down in 2006, so if you were on campus after that, you might not know it.

Do you recognize the building behind the studious scholar?
It was torn down in 2006, so if you were on campus after that, you might not know it.

So many of you knew that Bob Turk graduated from Towson State College!This one might be a little trickier.
02/23/2021

So many of you knew that Bob Turk graduated from Towson State College!
This one might be a little trickier.

So many of you knew that Bob Turk graduated from Towson State College!
This one might be a little trickier.

Doing our best to smile through a Monday.
02/22/2021

Doing our best to smile through a Monday.

Doing our best to smile through a Monday.

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Towson University/Cook Library/8000 York Rd
Towson, MD
21252

General information

Our collections range from University records, photographs, full runs of course catalogs, yearbooks, and students newspapers, to non-University manuscript collections and artifacts, as well as items from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute Special Collections.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 704-2093

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