Browse Collections


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.


Black Student Union

The Black Student Union collection contains material related to the black student experience at Towson University, including photographs, event fliers, and published magazines and guidebooks.


Class Histories

Handwritten class histories compiled by student historians at the Maryland State Normal School in Baltimore. Class histories are from 1897 and 1899.

Commencement Programs and Videos

These collections includes commencement ceremony programs from 1866 to 1987 and video recordings from 2012 to 2020. Programs and videos feature names of graduates, principals and presidents, awards, and notable speakers.

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.


Historic Clothing Collection

This collection contains of clothing for men, women, and children that date back to the early- to mid-1800s. The collection numbers in excess of 1,000 items and is housed in the Towson University Center for the Arts building under the care of Cheryl Partridge, Costume Shop Manager.


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 (modern day Iran), dating to about 2400-2100 B.C.E.

Leon Bloomberg papers

A collection of letters from Jewish-American infantryman Leon Bloomberg to his wife, Esther Bloomberg. Written during the end of World War II, September 1944 to February 1946.

Louis Rosenthal Miniature Sculpture Collection

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


Martyrdom and Resistance

This collection features the "Martyrdom and Resistance" bi-monthly publication from the American Society for Yad Vashem. The publiction covers topics in Holocaust education, research, documentation and commemoration, with the goal of keeping the lessons and memory of the Holocaust alive. Materials in this collection cover 1981 - 2006.


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.

Photographs Collection

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


Resident and New Student Handbooks

Historic orientation handbooks for resident students and new students.

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.


Shodekeh's Ideations of Potential

Baltimore-based musician Shodekeh Talifero documents his life's journey and artistic process in this first living archive of a professional beatboxer. This collection celebrates vocal percussion, breath art, Hip Hop, dance, and more.

Student Newspapers

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


Teacher Education Oral History Project

Interviews with Towson-educated teachers, documenting their personal accounts and experiences at Towson University and their careers in education.

Theses and Dissertations

Towson University Graduate Theses and Dissertations from 2012 to the present, and undergraduate Honors College theses from 2003 to the present.

Towson Alumni Magazine

Select Towson University alumni and donor magazines from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

Towson and World War II

This collection contains photographs, letters, postcards, forms, newspaper clippings, and other materials about students of the State Teachers College at Towson (STC), and alumni of STC and the Maryland State Normal School, who served in the military during World War II.

Towson Black Alumni Alliance Oral Histories

The Towson Black Alumni Alliance collection features oral histories with former Towson University students discussing their time at the school.

Towson University Retired Faculty Association Oral History Project

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


Unearthing Towson's History Project

An interdisciplinary, collaborative student-centered research project that connects alumni and the wider community to the history of the university.


Website Collections

Web collections feature preserved, internet-based materials related to Towson University, such as websites, YouTube videos, and social media. These collections focus on the recent history of the school, from 2017 to the present, and are available online from Archive-It.



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