Middle Tennessee State Normal School Historical Documents

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Title: Middle Tennessee State Normal School Historical Documents

Dates: 1911–1925

Creator: Creators are varied, but most materials can be attributed to normal school administration and students.

Summary/Abstract: Middle Tennessee State Normal School opened in 1911 after the Tennessee General Assembly approved the General Education Law of 1909, which established one normal school in each grand division of the state. Upon its opening, the school occupied 100 acres and had four buildings: the president’s home, dining hall (now the Tom H. Jackson Building), administration building (now Kirksey Old Main), and Rutledge Hall dormitory for women.

During the school’s early years, it served as an institution for the training of public school teachers. Initially, the school offered a one-year certificate program for elementary school teaching, and a two-year diploma program. The requirements for the diploma program were changed in 1922, requiring students to complete three years of training prior to graduation. The normal school awarded 169 certificates and 450 diplomas.

In 1925, the three-year program was dropped in favor of a four-year program that awarded a bachelor of science degree. At this time, the General Assembly changed the school’s name to Middle Tennessee State Teachers College, also known as State Teachers College, Murfreesboro.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2 linear feet, 34 photographs

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Middle Tennessee Normal School Historical Documents, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Processed By: Evan Spencer, graduate assistant, November 2013

Scope and Content: From its inception in 1993, the Albert Gore Research Center has collected through donation and transfer various items related to the earliest years of MTSU’s history. Until 2013 the center housed these items under the umbrella of the MTSU Collection. To accommodate growth in the number of items related to the normal school and to make the materials more accessible for research, the center’s director decided to separate the normal school materials into this collection, known as the Middle Tennessee Normal School Historical Documents. In addition to photographs, the historical documents include copies of The Normalite, a literary magazine, and The Signal, a student newspaper-magazine.

The center welcomes donations of any materials related to Middle Tennessee State Normal School. See our Give Your Support page for more information.

Researchers should note that materials related to the normal school may be found in other university materials, including those listed in the Related Materials section of the finding aid below. Also note that materials are added as they are received, so that like materials may not always be found together in the box and folder sequence in the collection inventory, below.

Related Materials:
Andrew L. Todd Sr. Papers
Homer Pittard Campus School (originally called the Training School)
MTSU Subject Files
Q. M. Smith Papers
Q. M. Smith Oral History Project:

    • Brandon, Frances (QMS.095, QMS.096)
    • Davidson, Cornelia (QMS.084)
    • Hooper, Ernest (QMS.131)
    • Kirk, Marie (QMS.051)
    • Lovell, Rebecca (QMS.091)
    • Parker, Hillary (QMS.094)
    • Rion, Mattye (QMS.123)
    • Woodfin, Virginia Black (QMS.137)
    • Wright, Margaret (QMS.025)

Saunders Juvenile Music Club
Vera Gambill Ellis Papers

Related Collection: Special Collections at James E.Walker Library also has materials relating to Middle Tennessee Normal School.

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Rutherford County
Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Colleges & Universities
Education
Middle Tennessee State Teachers College
Photographs
Students

Material Types
Paper
Ephemera
Scrapbooks
Photographs

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Description of Contents

Provenance

1

1

June 1916: Catalog of the Middle Tennessee State Normal School, vol. VI, no. 1, for the 1916–1917 academic year

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

2

1922 October: The Normalite

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

3

1922 November: The Normalite

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

4

1923 January: The Normalite

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

5

1923 May: The Normalite

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

6

1912 December: The Signal

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

7

1917 May: The Signal

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

8

1911: Photocopy and typescript of newspaper article titled “Handsome New Building Will Be Dedicated and Thrown Open September 11---Impressive Exercises---Strong Corps Of the Work That Has Been Mapped Out for the Institute.”

Formerly stored with University collection, unknown provenance.

1

9

1914 December: The Signal

Received as an accretion to the MTSU Publications collection.

1

10

1916 May commencement program

Received as an accretion to the MTSU Miscellaneous collection.

1

11

1916 February: The Signal

Received as an accretion to the MTSU Publications collection.

2

 

1923–1924 academic year: bound edition of The Normalite

Formerly called the “Normalite Bound Collection.”

3

 

1924: normal school scrapbook of student Louise Norris.

Created by Louise Norris, no associated materials

4

 

1911–1918: MTSNS payroll ledger

Transferred from MTSU Human Resource Services office

Mounted Photographs:


Box

Folder

Image

Description

Provenance

5

1

c. 1917; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 11" by 14" photo board). View of women's dormitory (now Rutledge Hall) apparently taken from the roof of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main). Students performing the pageant Tennessee while onlookers watch from the lawn.

Box 5 consists of nine mounted photographs that are were donated by the estate of MTSNS alumni Rouchen and Bonnie Horton.

5

2

c. 1919–1922; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 11" by 14" photo board) showing the Grady Literary Society in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

 

5

3

c. 1919–1922; 7.75" by 9.5" black- and-white image (mounted on 11.75" by 13.5" photoboard) of the Dromgoole Literary Society in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

 

5

4

c. 1919–1922; 6.5" by 8.75" black- and-white image (mounted on 10" by 12" photo board) of a group of high school students and their teachers in front of a local high school.

 

5

5

c. 1919–1922; 4" by 6" black-and- white portrait of an unidentified white woman in dress clothes.

 

5

6

c. 1919–1922; 6.5" by 8.75" black- and-white image (mounted on 10" by 12" photo board) of a group of high school students and their teachers in front of a local high school.

 

5

7

c. 1919–1922; 6" by 8" black-and- white image (mounted on 10" by 12" photo board) of a group of children and their teachers in front of a school building.

 

5

8

c. 1919–1922; 7.5" by 9.5" black-and-white image (mounted on 11.5" by 13.5" photo board) of a group of children and their teachers in front of a school building.

 

5

9

c. 1919–1922; 7.75" by 9.75" black-and-white image (mounted on 11.75" by 13.75" photo board) of the Claxton Literary Society in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

 

6

1

MTNS001

No date; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of large group of students in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

Box 6 consists of eight mounted photographs that the Gore Research Center received through a transfer from the Center for Historic Preservation in 2013.

6

2

MTNS002

No date; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of students in front of the Women’s Dormitory (now Rutledge Hall). This image appears in the Catalog of the MTSNS for 1923-1924, vol. 1, no. 1 (August 1923), opposite p. 62.

 

6

3

MTNS003

No date; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of the football team in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

 

6

4

MTNS004

c. 1921; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of the men’s basketball team.

 

6

5

MTNS005

c. 1919; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of the football team in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

 

6

6

MTNS007

No date; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of the women’s basketball team in the “Old Gym” (currently part of the Midgett Business Building).

 

6

7

MTNS007

No date; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of Murfree Literary Society in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

 

6

8

MTNS008

No date; 8" by 10" black-and-white image (mounted on 12" by 14" photo board) of students in front of the Dining Hall (now the Tom H. Jackson Building). This image appears in the Catalog of the MTSNS for 1923-1924, vol. 1, no. 1 (August 1923), opposite p. 63.

 

Oversized Portraits: These portraits were hanging in the Tom H. Jackson Building. They were removed for conservation by the Albert Gore Research Center during the centennial celebration in 2011. High-quality restoration prints, produced with the assistance of MTSU Photographic Services, can be found on display in the Tom H. Jackson Building.


OS1

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1914

1914; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 27" by 32.75" photo board, by Shelton Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3" by 4". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS2

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1915

1915; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 29.5" by 40" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3" by 4". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS3

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1916

1916; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 29.5" by 40" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS4

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1917

1917; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 30.25" by 39.5" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. The majority of the portraits are ovular and measure 3.5" by 5". Three portraits (near the center of the board) are rectangular and measure 3.75" by 5.5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS5

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1918

1918; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 28.75" by 37.75" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS6

Senior Class Portraits

1919; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 23.25" by 28.25" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Eight of the individual portraits are ovular, and measure 3.5" by 5". Thirteen of the individual portraits are rectangular and measure 3.75" by 5.75". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS7

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1920

1920; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 24.5" by 25.75" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS8

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1921

1921; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 23" by 29.5" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS9

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS1922

1922; by reduced image of the senior class portraits, mounted on 14" by 17" photo board. OS10 is a larger version of this image.

OS10

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS 1922b

1922; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 41.75" by 52" photo board, by Ferrell Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 4" by 6.5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS11

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS 1923

1923; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 27" by 33.75" photo board, by Ferrell Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 4" by 6.5". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS12

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS 1923b

1923; Portraits of “Academic Seniors,” mounted on 20" by 22" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5.25". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS13

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS 1924

1924; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 30" by 37" photo board, by L.A. Lively Photography. One of the portraits is rectangular, and measures 4" by 5.75". Each of the other portraits is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5.5". Each student is identified below their portrait. This image appeared in the MTSNS Catalog for 1924-1925, vol. 2, no. 1 (August 1924), opposite p. 9.

OS14

Senior Class Portraits

MTNS 1925

1925; Portraits of Normal School seniors mounted on 30" by 40" photo board, by Ferrell Photography. Each portrait is ovular and measures 3.5" by 5.75". Each student is identified below their portrait.

OS15

Student Body and Faculty Panoramas

MTNS 1923 PanoramaMTNS 1924 PanoramaMTNS 1925 Panorama

1923, 1924, 1925, n.d.; Panoramas of Normal School student body and faculty in front of the Administration Building (now Kirksey Old Main).

The 1923 panorama measures 8" by 37.5".

The 1924 panorama measures 8" by 37".

The 1925 panorama measures 8" by 40.5".

The undated panorama measures 8" by 48.5".

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