Shippensburg University was founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. For more than a century, the institution prepared teachers for public schools of the Commonwealth. It was renamed Shippensburg State Teachers College in 1927, and Shippensburg State College in 1960. In July 1983, it was again renamed to Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. SU is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The University Archives maintains institutional records, which document the history of our university. Information about the campus, buildings, history, students, faculty, administration, and alumni can be found in a variety of sources.
Search for archival materials using ArchivesSpace - our catalog for institutional records and manuscript collections.
*Please note: This software system is new to us - we are slowly adding new collections for you to discover. Thank you for your patience.*
If you cannot find the information you are looking for in ArchivesSpace, view our finding aids, or contact us for research assistance. We are happy to look up information for patrons using our in-house inventories, which have not yet been made publicly available.
Publications are often a great starting place to learn more what happened at the institution during a particular time period.
The original campus complex, including Old Main, Horton Hall, Stewart Hall, Gilbert Hall, and the Martin House (the president's residence), has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is known as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School Historic District, reflecting the university's original name.
The document below contains a historical overview of campus buildings past and present, and includes the dates buildings were dedicated, renovated, or demolished; brief histories of the buildings; and the current use of the buildings. The information was last updated in March 2017.