“Birthday Party in Dorm” from KU’s Digital Collection

“Birthday darty in dorm of Ellen Hermany Klingaman.” No, this isn’t something off of a Facebook page. It was an event some students from the Keystone State Normal School attended. And word of the party spread via postcard. This information was written on the back of a Keystone State Normal School postcard from December 11, 1909.

Between 1902 and 1922, Kutztown University, then the Keystone State Normal School (KSNS), paid W.W. Deatrick, a faculty member with an interest in photography, to take photos of the school so that KSNS could make postcards. These postcards were used to communicate campus information to people on and off campus. And yes, this is the same Deatrick whom “Deatrick Hall” was named after.

Now you can go online and find 88 pages of historical postcards that give a photographic history of Kutztown University from 1902-1922. This is a collection that, until recently, could only be seen by physically visiting the Rohrbach Library Archives Collection.

To see these postcards, click here and select Kutztown University from the drop down menu. You can also get to the collection by visiting the library’s home page, and by clicking on “Digital Collections.” Then choose Kutztown University from the drop down menu on the Keystone Library Network page.


The book room at Keystone State Normal School.

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