Happy 136th Anniversary Sam Houston State University!
The Sam Houston Normal Institute was signed into being as the first teacher-training institution of Texas on April 21,1879 by Texas Governor Oran M. Roberts. The school itself did not open for students until October 10, 1879.
Have you ever wondered what those first students studied and what text books they used? The image above was scanned from the very first 1879-1880 Sam Houston Normal Institute Catalogue. To see what the original catalogue looked like click here:
To find out more about the establishment of Sam Houston State University or the first students come visit the SHSU University Archives. University Archives is open M-F, 8-5.