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SCSU's first newspaper now available on the Web

An all-but-forgotten period of St. Cloud State University’s history has been resurrected through a collection of documents published on March 1 by Learning Resources & Technology Services’ University Archives.
All 93 issues of “The Normalia,” St. Cloud State’s first newspaper, are now publicly available online, through the Minnesota Reflections website. They provide readers a glimpse into life on campus and in St. Cloud from April 1892 to May 1904 through historical articles, photos and local business advertisements. Little information about the university has survived from this 12-year period, making “The Normalia” a valuable resource for researchers and local history buffs.
The 1,867 pages of text and photographs are available and fully keyword searchable by going to and entering “The Normalia” in the search box.
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, through its Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund award, which came from the state’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment fund. It was made possible by Learning Resources & Technology Services and the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition.
The University Archives also has digitized all 10 issues of “The Normal School Recorder,” St. Cloud State’s second newspaper, as well as course catalogs from 1869 to 1930. To access archives information, visit
For more information, contact:
Tom Steman
University Archivist
(320) 308-4753 or
Marian Rengel
Minnesota Digital Library Coalition outreach coordinator
(320) 308-5625 or


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