The Towson University Yearbooks digital collection contains select issues of the school yearbooks from 1919 to 2009.
Each issue offers a retrospective of the academic year, including portraits of faculty members, staff, and senior students, as well as photographs documenting athletics, student organizations, and institutional traditions. Some issues contain signatures and other messages written to the original owners. These yearbooks offer a historical perspective on the academic and social life at the school.
In these books the school is reffered to by many different names, marking changes in the institution's size and academic focus. You will find the school called The Maryland State Normal School, The State Teachers College at Towson, Towson State College, Towson State University, and finally, Towson University.
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.