Pickler Memorial Library



History, Tradition & Trivia

Truman State University has gone through many changes and accumulated numerous traditions since its founding in 1867. Some interesting bits and pieces of our rich heritage may be found on the following pages and more will be added in the future. Click away and enjoy!

Sources for these stories include the Archives files and University publications such as The Index, The Echo, and The Bulletin, as well as published school histories:

McWilliams, H.L. A Brief History of the Bulldogs. Kirksville: Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, 1940.
Ryle, Walter H. The Centennial History of the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. Kirksville: the College, 1972.
Simmons, Lucy. History of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. Kirksville: Auten Print, 1927.
Violette, E.M. History of the First District State Normal School. Kirksville: Journal Printing Company, 1905. Quotations used are from the McWilliams and Ryle books.