What we collect
The Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has five primary collecting areas: Towson University history, Jewish Studies, Performing Arts, World War II, and the History of Education in Maryland. The SCUA collects materials regardless of format, including official university records, manuscript collections, rare books, artifacts, and digital materials. Our collections are continuously growing, so be sure to look for updates about what’s new on our blog.
What we offer
The SCUA is a distinctive and valuable research resource comprised principally of one-of-a-kind primary sources and historic materials that possess enduring value. The resource is open to all TU community members, as well as researchers around the world. Our department offers research assistance, a reading room equipped with research stations, instruction sessions, internships, exhibits, and community partnerships.
In these historic archives, you may encounter words, images or other language used that were reflective of the tenor of our nation, and thus university, at that time in history. Those images may be disturbing and offensive, as they reflect the prejudice of the time. However, they do not reflect Towson University’s values and our commitment toward building a welcoming, diverse and inclusive campus that supports all the members of our community to thrive, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or levels of ableness.