This Towson University Yearbooks digital collection contains digitized versions of select issues of the institutional yearbooks from 1919 to 1963, when the school was known as The Maryland State Normal School, and then as The State Teachers College at Towson. 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 owner of the book. Today, these yearbooks offer a historical perspective on the academic and social life at the institution now known as 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.