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Creator Southern Normal School
Other Creators Southern Normal School & Business College [1884-1886]
Southern Normal School [1886-1891]
Bowling Green Business College & Literary Institute [1892-1893]
Southern Normal School & Bowling Green Business College [1894-1906]
Title UA96 Southern Normal School
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1884
Year Range To 1907
Description Records created by and regarding the Southern Normal School arranged in six series:

Series 1. Publications
Series 2. Board of Directors
Series 3. Registrar
Series 4. Departmental
Series 5. Student Organizations
Series 6. Memorabilia
Admin / Biog History The Southern Normal School was created when A.W. Mell and Tom Williams left the Glasgow Normal School and moved to Bowling Green. It was originally called the Southern Normal School & Business College, but in the 1886 charter the name was changed to Southern Normal School. From 1890-1892 the school went through a succession of management changes being overseen by H.A. Evans, W.J. Davis, J.R. Alexander and H. McD. Fletcher.

In 1892 the Cherry brothers, Thomas and Henry opened the Bowling Green Business College & Literary Institute. It essentially took up where the Southern Normal left off. In the 1894 the Cherry's renamed the institute the Southern Normal School & Bowling Green Business College.

In 1899 the Southern Educational Building Company was incorporated with a purpose "to promote and advance education by providing essential buildings, including dormitories." [Harrison, Western Kentucky University, p. 10] On November 16, 1899 fire took the building. Henry Cherry rented rooms and opened the school for business the next day. A new building was constructed by 1901.

The school remained in operation as Southern Normal School until the state legislature established the Western Kentucky State Normal School.
Search Terms Southern Normal School (Bowling Green, KY)
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Related Materials SC 165 Thompson, Harry Edgar 1865- Commencement invitation and program 1888; Letters of recommendation 1888-93; KY & TX teacher's certificates 1885-91; clippings 1949, 1953, 1958; photos; autobiographical notes

SC 253 Letter written on Southern Normal School & Business College stationary, June 7, 1885.

SC 511 Gardner, Tandy Thomas, 1865-1963 Autograph album covering the period that Gardner was a student at Southern Normal School and Business College in Bowling Green, KY, 1888-1891.

SC 580 Hull, Cordell 1871-1955 Letter to John G. Woods February 9, 1948 re: Southern Normal School.

MSS 73 McElroy, Clarence Underwood, 1790-1927 Correspondence, legal and business papers, speeches, and travelogs of Bowling Green, KY attorney McElroy. I B5 F19; VII B17 F10

UA3/1 - President's Office, Henry Cherry Administration

UA94.4 - Student/Alumni Personal Papers

UA12/2/1 - The Elevator, January 1915 issue contains listing of alumni.
Catalog Number UA96
Dates of Creation 1884-1907
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Level of Description Fonds/Coll
Child Records Southern Normal School
Southern Normal School
Registrar (SNS)
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