NORMAL SCHOOL HISTORICAL COLLECTION, 1839 - 1932
Westfield State College is the oldest coeducational
teachers' college in the nation. As such, we have a rich history in the State
of Massachusetts and the United States. The college was established
in 1839 in the town of Barre, Massachusetts, and the campus was moved
to Westfield in 1844 due to the difficulty of accessing the Barre
location. On September 4, 1844 classes began at Westfield.
The college has occupied a few buildings in the City
of Westfield through the years, and the current campus has been occupied
since 1956. We have continued our growth with the new buildings
on campus that serve the college and the community at large.
The Westfield State College Historical Collection, 1839
- 1932 is a collection of local, state, regional and national significance.
We played an important part in the establishment of coeducational
public higher education in the United States. The material in this
collection is the oldest in the archives.
This collection contains a wide range of materials.
Included are manuscripts, art work, ephemera, photographs, Lyceum
records, diaries, and scrapbooks, as well as college handbooks from
this time period. Also included in this collection are books written
about the Westfield Normal School, The Massachusetts Historical
Journal, books written by faculty members, books about Normal School
education, and books used by faculty members during this time period.
For more information or to make an appointment with
one of our staff members, contact Judy Carlson at (413) 572-5252
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.