SCUA Services During Fall 2020

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Virtual Services


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.
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.

Faculty and Staff Publications

Faculty and Staff Publications

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

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.

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.

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.