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University Postcard Collection

Identifier: Postcard-Collection

Scope and Contents

The Historic East Stroudsburg University Postcard Collection consists of 100 postcards from the university and its former iterations. They are separated into 3 Series: Buildings, Aerial Views, and Statues.

Series I: Buildings (1893-1983) include postcards of buildings from three of the university’s previous schools. They are subdivided into State Normal School, East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, and East Stroudsburg State College. The postcards are then arranged in chronological order of the buildings's opening.

Series II. Aerial Views (1928-1945) includes three postcards showing aerial images of State Normal School (used), the Viaduct on Lackawanna Trail (unused), and East Stroudsburg University (unused).

Series III. Statues (undated) includes one postcard of the “Julia” War Memorial issued from the State Normal School.


  • Creation: 1893 - 1927
  • Creation: 1927 - 1960
  • Creation: 1960 - 1983
  • Creation: 1983

Biographical / Historical

East Stroudsburg Normal School opened in 1893 and offered two-year programs in Elementary and Science Education. The name was changed to East Stroudsburg State Normal School in 1920 as the school, originally private, transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Several years later in 1927, the school began offering Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Science in Health Education degrees which led to it becoming the State Teachers College at East Stroudsburg.

In 1960 the college became East Stroudsburg State College, a comprehensive state college.Two years later it received the right to offer graduate degrees in the areas of education in Biological Sciences, General Science, and Health and Physical Education. A year later in 1963 it offered the Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1983, the college officially became East Stroudsburg University as we know it today.


.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Since most of the building-focused postcards were unused, they are arranged under the school that was issuing them at the time in chronological order. The dates of the Record Group are the dates of the school’s existence, so the postcards most likely were created and used then.

The last two Series are arranged by date of creation.

University Postcard Collection
In Progress
Diana Dymond, intern
December 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
Kemp Library
East Stroudsburg PA 18301