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Treasures From the Archives Featuring
Bloomsburg University, 1983-2014


Bloomsburg University Nursing students on Good Morning America in 1992.

            On September 11, 1983, Bloomsburg State College officially became Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, Bloomsburg University now offers more than 50 majors among the four academic colleges to undergrads and more than 20 majors to graduate students. Although most of its physical growth occured during the State College Era, over the past 30 years the university has renovated numerous buildings on the lower campus and built all of the student housing currently located on the Upper Campus. Enrollment has grown along with the size of the campus, beginning with 6,300 in 1983 and reaching 10,000 students for the first time in 2010. After 30 years, Bloomsburg University continues to grow in academics, athletics, student organizations, and alumni support.

             This exhibit celebrates the University Era by highlighting the buildings and other facilities that underwent construction; the growth of academics and the five presidents who served during this time; the many events that occurred, including concerts, the awarding of doctoral degrees and alumni appearances; the growth of university athletics and its continued achievements; and student life including class trips, greek life and extracurricular activities. It was an era of transformation, from the 1980s to the present day that has had a major impact on student life and academics. The showcase overall reflects the lifelong memories and achievements of Bloomsburg University.

            The display is currently installed in the flat and wall cases on the third floor of the Andruss Library and contains photographs, programs, yearbooks, newspapers, plans, blueprints, booklets, newspaper clippings, clothing, mugs, awards, trophies and other artifacts.  The exhibit will be on display until September 12, 2014..


The University Archives periodically creates online or 'virtual' exhibits to highlight the Archives' collections and the history of Bloomsburg University. The first such exhibit is Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1959. This is a pictorial look at the campus of 40 years ago, complete with historical and current information on all campus areas that existed at that time. The second online exhibit by the University Archives is entitled A Gallery of Presidents and History of Bloomsburg University, an in-depth look at the history of the University with detailed biographical information on each of its presidents.  The third exhibit is Views of the Bloomsburg State Normal School, 1921-1923, a look at the state normal school using photographs and information from the course catalogues.  The fourth exhibit is the 1919 War Hero Memorial Pinery, which examines the history of the World War I memorial located near Carver Hall, and provides biographical information on the 16 students who are remembered there.  A fifth online exhibit is The Maine Experience: Bloomsburg State College Summer Art Classes at Moosehead Lake, 1975-79, which remembers the summers during the 1970s that art students from Bloomsburg went to the wilds of Maine to paint, draw, learn their craft and experience life.  The sixth is A Legacy of Champions: The Story of Wrestling at Bloomsburg University, which documents the history of the wrestling program at the University from its founding in 1930 to the present day, featuring many of our individual and team champions from over the years.  The most recent one is The Navy V-5s at the Bloomsburg State Teachers College, telling the story of the naval flight instructors who trained in Bloomsburg during World War II.

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