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Bibliography - noun, a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author [Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary]
These and other sources are available in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room in the Kentucky Building.
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.
Southern Normal School / Bowling Green Business College National School of Telegraphy, Civil Service, Railroading & Express - 1901-1904
UA3/1/1 Henry Cherry Southern Normal Correspondence - collection inventory
UA12/1/1 The Elevator - full-text searchable
Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, 1909-1910
Vol. I, Nos. 7-8, 1910
Vol. II, Nos. 1-6, 1910-1911
Vol. II, Nos. 7-10, 1911
Vol. III, Nos. 1-5, 1911-1912
Vol. III, Nos. 6-10, 1912
Vol. IV, Nos. 1-6, 1912-1913
Vol. IV, Nos. 7-10, 1913
Vol. V, Nos. 1-5, 1913-1914
Vol. V, Nos. 6-9, 1914
Vol. VI, Nos. 1-5, 1914-1915
Vol. VI, Nos. 6-10, 1915
Vol. VII, Nos. 1-5, 1915-1916
Vol. VII, Nos. 6-10, 1916
UA36I/1 Bess Cherry Personal Papers - collection inventory
UA94/4 Student/Alumni Personal Papers - Southern Normal School
Marion Humphrey - collection inventory
UA96 Southern Normal School
The Southern Educator - digitized
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
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