Pickler Memorial Library

Library

 

Trivia & History

Name Changes

1868 - 29 Dec 1870
North Missouri Normal School
30 Dec 1870 - 20 May 1919
21 May 1919 - 31 Dec 1967
01 Jan 1968 - 12 Aug 1972
13 Aug 1972 - 30 Jun 1996
01 July 1996 -
*The school was commonly known as "Kirksville State Normal School" and "Kirksville State Teachers College" during these years but the city's name was never officially part of the school's name.

Presidents

1867 - 1881
1881 - 1882
1882 - 1891
1891 - 1899
1899 - 1925
1925 - 1937
1937 - 1967
1967 - 1969
Dr. F. Clark Elkins
1969 - 1970
1970 - 1989
Dr. Charles J. McClain
1989 - 1990
Dr. Robert Dager
1990 - 1994
Dr. Russell Warren
1994 - 2003
Dr. W. Jack Magruderr
2003 - 2008
Dr. Barbara B. Dixon
2008 - 2010
Dr. Darrell W. Krueger
2010 - 2016
Dr. Troy D. Paino

Building Names and Origins

Adair House
Adair County, Missouri
Baldwin Hall
Joseph Baldwin, Founder & 1st President (1867-81)
Barnett Hall
Otho Barnett, Alumnus and Head of Practical Arts Division (1939-68)
Blanton Hall
Joseph Blanton, 3rd President (1882-91)
Brewer Hall
Basil Brewer, Alumnus and author of "Old Missou", the first official school song
Campbell Apartments
E. B. Campbell, Kirksville banker and businessman from whose estate the property was purchased
Centennial Hall
Built during the University’s 100th year and named for that anniversary
Dobson Hall
William D. Dobson, 4th President (1891-99)
Fair Apartments
Eugene Fair, 6th President (1925-37)
Grim Hall
Dr. Ezra C. Grim, Alumnus, Member of Board of Regents (1909-15) & Nursing Program Administrator (1923-31); founder of Grim-Smith Hospital for which this building was originally the nurses’ home
Gardner Track
Kenneth L. Gardner, Assistant Professor of Physical Education & Track Coach (1951-88); Athletic Director (1974-88)
Kirk Building & Kirk Memorial
John R. Kirk, 5th President (1899-1925)
Magruder Hall
Willis Jackson Magruder, 13th President (1994-2003)
McClain Hall
Charles J. McClain, 10th President (1970-89)
McKinney Center
Robert L. McKinney, Alumnus, Assistant to the President (1938-40, 1946-51), & Head of Public Relations (1965-73), and Virginia F. "Fran" McKinney, Director, International Student Office (1965-94)
Missouri Hall
State of Missouri
Nason Hall
William P. Nason, 2nd President (1881-82)
Ophelia Parrish
Ophelia Ann Parrish, Director of the Model School (1899-1903) and 1st Head Librarian (1903-15)
Pershing Building & Arena
General John J. Pershing, Alumnus and Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, World War I
Pickler Memorial Library
Samuel M. Pickler, Instructor (1868-73) and Kirksville businessman (gave $25,000 to build the new library after Library Hall burned in 1924)
Ryle Hall
Walter H. Ryle, 7th President (1937-67)
Stokes Stadium
James S. Stokes, Professor of Physics (1905-25) and Supervisor of Grounds (1925-50); designed & built the football field & stadium
Student Recreation Center & Student Union Building
The Rec Center & the SUB, built as a result of student initiatives, were named for the students
Ruth W. Towne Museum & Visitors' Center
Ruth Warner Towne, Alumna, Professor of History (1952-1988) & Dean of Graduate Studies (1983-1988)
Violette Hall
Eugene M. Violette, Professor of History and Head of History Department (1900-23)
West Campus Suites
The western-most building on campus; named for its location