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The Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) holds material in five primary collecting areas: Towson University history, Jewish Studies, Performing Arts, World War II, and the History of Education in Maryland.
Light of the Ocean piece in the Asian Arts & Culture Center Art Collection

Asian Arts & Culture Center Art Collection

Established in 1971, this collection includes historic and contemporary art objects from China, Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Tibet, and other Asian countries.

Jewish Cultural Reconstruction bookplate

Baltimore Hebrew Institute Special Collections

The collection includes artifacts, rare books, Jewish Cultural Reconstruction books, course catalogs and syllabi, Holocaust survivor testimonies and Yizkor (memorial books).

Maryland State Normal School crest

Commencement Programs

The collection includes commencement ceremony programs from 1866-1987. The programs feature names of graduates; principals and presidents; notable speakers; along with other information.

Emblem from 1983-1984 course catalog cover

Course Catalogs

The catalogs and bulletins are from 1866 to the present. Earlier catalogs also list each year’s graduates, faculty and staff, and historical information.

Guitarist from the cover of Age of Rock

David A Sherbow Popular Music Collection

This collection consists of nonfiction works about popular music history, music business, and the recording industry.

Faculty and Staff Publications

Faculty and Staff Publications

Publications by Towson University faculty and staff, including books, book chapters, and articles.

Blue and gold art deco decoration from a gown

Historic Clothing Collection

The Historic Clothing Collection began under Professor Georgia Baker and includes articles of clothing dating back to the early– to mid-1800s.

Towson University logo

Honors College Theses

A collection of department directed research work used as final projects for students in the Towson University Honors College.

Dancing figure

Joan Jacobson Dance Collection

The books in this collection span the 20th century and include biographies and memoirs of many dance legends.

Lena C. Van Bibber Collection of  Cuneiform Clay Tablets

Lena C. Van Bibber Collection of Cuneiform Clay Tablets

The collection consists of three tablets from the ancient sites of Drehem and Umma in Mesopotamia, dating to about 2400-2100 B.C.E.

Bronze miniature of a figure pointing

Louis Rosenthal Miniature Sculpture Collection

The collection consists of miniature bronze sculptures with historical, mythological, biblical, satirical, or whimsical themes created by Louis Rosenthal.

Emblem for Martyrdom & Resistance

Martyrdom & Resistance

Martyrdom & Resistance is a bimonthly newsletter published by the International Society for Yad Vashem, Inc.

A black and white image of the courtroom during the Nuremberg Trials

Paul H. Gantt Nuremberg Trial Papers

The Paul H. Gantt Nuremberg Trial Papers contain bound volumes of Gantt's working papers and a series of photographs related to the Nuremberg trials which took place in occupied Germany.

1920s Aerial photograph of Maryland State Normal School


Over 12,000 photographic prints, slides, and negatives documenting nearly all facets of campus life from 1881 through 2010.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr Collection for Public Leadership Studies logo

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr Collection for Public Leadership Studies

The Ehrlich collection contains materials covering Ehrlich's service in public office as Congressman in the House of Representatives and as Governor of Maryland.

The Towerlight logo from 2000

Student Newspapers

Complete run of the student newspaper (The Oriole, now The Towerlight), starting with the first issue in 1922.

Teacher Education Oral History  Project

Teacher Education Oral History Project

The interviews are personal accounts of participants’ experiences at Towson University and their careers in education.

Towson University logo

Theses and Dissertations

Theses and dissertations includes the department directed research work completed as final projects for graduate and doctoral candidates.

Tower Echoes cover from 1960

Towson Yearbooks

The institutional yearbooks from 1919 to 2009. Each offers a retrospective of the academic year including photographs of the life on campus.

Handwritten letter from Henry Astrin in 1943

Towson and WWII

During World War II, alumni of STC at Towson maintained correspondence with college representatives. These alumni sent letters, postcards, photographs, and Christmas cards while in the service.

TURFA Oral History Project

Towson University Retired Faculty Association Oral History Project

Interviews undertaken by the Towson University Retired Faculty Association to discuss the life and career of retired faculty members.

Towson State Theatre presents

Towson University Theatrical Productions

The collection includes programs, posters, photographs, and other promotional materials created for theatre productions performed at Towson. This collection is still growing.