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Class Schedules collection

Identifier: 00.CS


The Class Schedules collection contains the class schedules for Michigan State Normal School, Michigan State Normal College, and Eastern Michigan University from 1882 until 2011. This is not a complete collection, with schedules missing for 1895, 1901 Winter and Summer, 1902 Winter and Fall, 1904 until 1911, Fall 1920, 1927- 1930, 1948 Winter and Fall, 1949 Summer and Winter, and the Winter of 2009 and 2011. A series of evening courses, a report on the need, as well as schedules for 1954-1973.

The class schedules in this collection list the classes offered at Michigan State Normal School and Michigan State Normal College until 1950 by just listing the course offered and the professor teaching the course Monday thru Friday. After 1950 the class schedule were offered in books, these books listed the time the course was taught, as well as the professor, and a short description of the course.


  • Creation: 1882 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Historical Note

Established by the State of Michigan in 1849, Eastern Michigan University opened its doors as the Michigan State Normal School in 1853. Michigan State Normal School was the first teachers' training school west of the Allegheny Mountains and initially taught students at a basic secondary level, instructing them in teaching methods and material to cover at a variety of levels.

In 1899, Michigan State Normal School changed its name to Michigan State Normal College. Professor Richard Gause Boone lobbied to establish Normal as four-year college, rather than a secondary school. Normal entered the twentieth century as Michigan's premier teacher training school and had become the first teacher training school in the United States to have a four-year degree program.

Between 1900 and 1950, at least 20 buildings were built on campus and by 1939, students, for the first time, were living in dorms on campus instead of in boarding houses off campus. During this period, the University added a number of programs to its expanding curriculum. In 1901, Normal was the first school in Michigan to offer an industrial arts program. The school was also the first in the nation to offer a program to train teachers of the disabled, starting in 1915. In 1940, it was the first teacher training school to offer a program in library services. During the years of World War II, the school trained soldiers for the military as well as civilian students.

In 1956, the school became known as Eastern Michigan College. Three years later, the school gained the status of a university by formally establishing the Graduate School (graduate classes had been offered since 1939) and changed its name again, for the final time, to Eastern Michigan University. The new names not only demonstrated that the school had become a university, but also broadened the emphasis of the school from teacher training to a wider range of baccalaureate programs. In 1959, the university established the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences as two separate entities.

From 1950 to the present, nearly 30 new buildings have been constructed and many more renovated to meet the needs of the institution. New dormitories and classroom buildings provide for the needs of new students.

Today, Eastern offers a range of programs of study in a number of areas, including Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, and Technology. In 2011, more than 23,000 students from around the world attend EMU.

Borrowed from A Brief History of EMU ""


9 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes, 2 record center cartons, 1 archive box, 1 halfsize archive box, and 1 oversize folder)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of class schedules from 1969-2013 are available through the Digital Commons at

Class Schedules collection
Courtney Dornburg
2012 February 16
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197