What is this site?

This website hosts digital materials for the Towson University's Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), part of the Albert S. Cook Library. This site allows you to access special collections and archival materials 24/7, from anywhere in the world.
The SCUA collects, preserves, and shares documents, photographs, and artifacts of permanent, historical value produced or received by Towson University. We have five primary collecting areas: University History, Jewish Studies, Performing Arts, World War II, and the History of Education in Maryland.
This site is an essential tool for research, and a starting point to learn more about the subjects and materials we collect.

What are Digital Collections?


Digital Collections are collections that are available online. This includes images, scans of documents, photographs of objects, and audiovisual resources, such as oral histories, videos, and more.


Not all of the items in SCUA's collections are available digitally, but many of our most popular collections are accessible. If you need resources you can access without visiting the archives in-person, Digital Collections are a great resource.

Contact us


For questions and concerns, or to schedule a consultation or in-person visit, please contact us.


Email: spcoll@towson.edu


Phone: 410-704-2093


Location: Albert S. Cook Library, Suite 505, 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252


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.