Western Kentucky University

WKU Archives - Bibliography - Southern Normal School

These and other sources are available in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room in the Kentucky Building.

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. 

Partial list of faculty and staff taken from existing course catalogs.  Several of these teachers made the transition to either WKU or the Bowling Green Business University.

Alexander, J.R. 1895-1906
Alexander, Mollie 1895-1896
Ashby, W.S. 1901-1906
Baber, Emma 1901
Baber, J.A. 1901
Bailey, Pauline 1905-1906
Bass, C.T. 1895-1896
Brown, Francis 1901
Burks, Carrie 1883-1885
Burnett, A.R. 1902-1906
Caldwell, Bessie 1884-1885
Cherry, Bessie Swartz, 1902-1906
Cherry, Henry President 1895-1906
Cherry, T.C. 1895-1906
Cole, Maxie 1902-1904
Cossler, J.L. 1905-1906
Covington, Joseph 1905-1906
Dickey, J.S. 1901-1904
Dowell, Rella 1895-1896
DuBose, John 1901
Dulaney, William 1901
East, S.H. 1883-1885
Fayne, Josephine 1901-1906
Fearon, E.H. 1902-1904
Fisher, Laura 1884-1885
Gardner, N.H. 1901
Graham, Fannie 1895-1896
Green, Robert 1905-1906
Greer, Ida 1905-1906
Grider, John 1901
Guilliams, J.M. 1905-1906
Hackney, Alice 1895-1896
Harman, J. Lewie 1901-1906
Jones, Cora 1901
Kiper, Sadie 1895-1896
Kollorhos, J.L. 1901-1906
Kollorhos, Mrs. J.L. 1905-1906
Kouenbergh, Annie 1883-1885
Kouenbergh, W.F. 1883-1885
McBeath, T.F. 1883-1885
McElheny, Elizabeth 1901-1903
McElroy, C.U. 1901; 1905-1906
McGuire, J.W. 1883-1884
McIntosh, W.E. 1895-1896
McLean, Mattie 1902-1906
Mell, A.W. 1883-1885
Mell, Sadie 1883-1884
Mitchell, Carrie 1895-1896
Moss, J. McKenzie 1905-1906
Nahm, Max 1902-1904
Nemours, J.P. 1884-1885
Payne, W.C. 1901
Peterman, A.L. 1883-1885
Petrie, T.L. 1884-1885
Richardson, E.F. 1884-1885
Rigsby, Clinton 1901-1904
Rodes, John 1902-1906
Rowe, A.M. 1884-1885
Settle, Mrs. B.M. 1905-1906
Shaefer, Celeste 1883-1884
Sims, James 1901
Snoddy, H.C. 1883-1885
Staten, M.F. 1902-1906
Sturgis, Delia 1902-1904
Temple, Rebecca 1905-1906
Thompson, Stella 1883-1885
Vanmeter, C.J. Chancellor 1905-1906
Williams, James 1902-1906
Williams, Tom 1883-1885

 Articles & Publications

"Concerning," The Elevator, Vol. VII, No. 3, Dec. 1915, pp. 68-73 - biographical sketch of J. Lewie Harman.

Cornette, James. "J.R. Alexander - 1863-1943," College Heights Herald, March 10, 1944, p. 2. 

Harman, J.L. "Joseph S. Dickey," Teachers College Heights, March 1934, pp. 26-27. 

Publication Index 

"Southern Educational Building Co., Incorporated in 1899," Southern Educator, October 1900, p. 5. 

Southern Normal School / Bowling Green Business College National School of Telegraphy, Civil Service, Railroading & Express - 1901-1904

Documents & Primary Sources

UA3/1/1 Henry Cherry Southern Normal Correspondence - collection inventory

UA12/1/1 The Elevator - full-text searchable

Vol. 1, No. 1 - Nov. 1909  
Vol. 1, No. 2 - Dec. 1909  
Vol. 1, No. 3 - Jan. 1910  
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Vol. 1, No. 7  - May 1910  
Vol. 1, No. 8 - Jul. 1910  
Vol. 2, No. 1 - Oct. 1910  
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Vol. 2, No. 3 - Dec. 1910  
Vol. 2, No. 4 - Jan. 1911  
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Vol. 2, No. 6 - Mar. 1911  
Vol. 2, No. 6 - Apr. 1911 
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Vol. 2, No. 7 - May 1911 
misnumbered
Vol. 2, No. 8 - Jun. 1911 
misnumbered
Vol. 2, No. 9 - Jul. 1911   
misnumbered
Vol. 2, No. 10 - Oct. 1911
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Vol. 3, No. 1 - Nov. 1911  
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Vol. 3, No. 10 - Oct. 1912  
Vol. 4, No. 1 - Nov. 1912  
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Vol. 7, No. 9 - Jun. 1916  
Vol. 7, No. 10 - Jul. 1916  

UA36I/1 Bess Cherry Personal Papers - collection inventory

UA94/4 Student/Alumni Personal Papers - Southern Normal School

Donnie Love Autograph Book - digitized
Amelia Cox Smith Autograph Book -
digitized
Beulah Collins Ellis

Autograph Book 1 - digitized
Autograph Book 2 -
digitized

Marion Humphrey - collection inventory

UA96 Southern Normal School

Class Lists - incomplete
Collection Inventory

Scrapbook Index  

The Southern Educator - digitized

1898 - Vol. II: No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 
1899 - Vol. III: No. 1, No. 2, No. 4; Vol. IV: No. 1 
1900 - Vol. IV, No. 2; Vol. V, No. 2 
1901 - Vol. V: No. 3, No. 4, No. V 

Related Manuscript Collections

MSS73 Clarence Underwood McElroy - collection inventory

SC165 Harry Edgar Thompson - collection inventory 

SC253 Letter written on SNS stationary, June 7, 1885

SC511 Tandy Thomas Gardner - collection inventory

SC580 Cordell Hull - letter to John Woods, Feb. 9, 1948

Articles

Documents & Primary Sources

History

Photographs 


Southern Normal School

This originally was the old Van Meter home.  The first school in this building was operated by Prof. S.M. Gaines and later by Col. George Edgar.  The building to the right was added to the original home and was used by the Southern Normal School and later, the Bowling Green Business College.  This picture was made about 1898. 

~ Notes made by Camilla Gerard

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