Pickler Memorial Library

About This Collection

Truman State University: The Early Years contains photographs from the years when Truman State University was considered a “normal school”, or a school that specifically trained high school graduates to become teachers. When the school opened in 1867, it was called the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College. A year later it was renamed the North Missouri Normal School, and then in 1870, it was renamed again as the First District Normal School. These snapshots help paint a picture of what the campus looked like at the time, as well as what it might have been like being a student at the Normal School. There are pictures of campus buildings, students in clubs and classes, as well as campus-wide events.