Skip to main content

MSU Catalogues. Collection, 1877-Ongoing

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSU Archives Collection 154

Scope and Contents

The Catalogue Collection covers the Catalogues of the State Normal School to the Bulletins of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Collection is arranged into series and then chronologically. The number in parentheses after some of the folder titles refers to the number of copies in the collection.

Undergraduate Bulletins:

This series includes the Undergraduate Bulletins from the beginning of the State Normal School to the present. In this series there are several name changes for the publication including: Catalogue, Catalog, School Progress, and Bulletin. Some unique items in this series include summer school bulletins (which was a brief version of the Undergraduate Bulletin) and some promotional items about Minnesota State University, Mankato. There are a few years where the Graduate and Undergraduate Bulletins were published together. They are in this series.

Graduate Bulletins:

Beginning in 1955 the University began publishing a separate Graduate Bulletin describing courses and programs.

General Education and Cultural Diversity Bulletin:

From 1989 to 2007 the University began publishing a separate General Education and Cultural Diversity Bulletin to emphasize and describe required courses for all Undergraduate students.


  • 1877-Ongoing


Biographical / Historical

The MSU Catalogue describes class courses and completion requirements for current and potential students. The first course listings for the Mankato State Normal School appeared in the Mankato Weekly Review, a newspaper from that time. Mankato State Normal School began publishing their catalog of classes in 1877. The catalogs were initially called Catalogues and listed the people who had graduated from the previous seven years, as well as the people who were enrolled in the different departments at that time. In 1912 the Post Office began to charge a fee for mailing Catalogs due to the Post Office Appropriations Act of August 24, 1912. As a result of the act, the college began to label the catalogs as School Progress because the State Teachers College was afforded a special rate by the Post Office for mailing this periodical pursuant to the War Revenue Act of October 3, 1917. This explains why some years are given volumes and numbers. In 1955, shortly after the College of Graduate Studies began, there was a separate School Progress then Bulletin just for the graduate students. From 1963-1966, the School Progress catalog was for both undergraduates and graduates. From 1989 to 2007, there was a separate General Education and Diversity Bulletin published.

In the Collection Guide and the Collection, Catalogue, Catalog, School Progress, and Bulletin are sometimes used interchangeably. The Graduate Bulletins and General Education and Cultural Diversity Bulletins are also included in this collection. These specialized publications were added over the years.

The current academic catalogs going back 6 years from present are available on the Minnesota State Mankato website at the following:

Academic catalogs older than 6 years are available on ARCH:


8.25 Cubic Feet (8 Archives Boxes 1 Half Hollinger Box)

Language of Materials



The Minnesota State University, Mankato Catalogue Collection consists of Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs, which describe departments, courses, and University procedures, dating back to the founding of the State Normal School. The publication name has changed over the years to Catalogs and are now called Bulletins. This collection is divided into three series: Undergraduate Bulletins, Graduate Bulletins, and General Education and Diversity Bulletins.

MSU Catalogues. Collection, 1877-Ongoing
Brandon Rykhus
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2007-03: This Collection was processed by Brandon Rykhus
  • 2009-06: Additions to the collection were processed by Daardi Sizemore
  • 2011-05: Additions to the collection were processed by Heather Harren
  • 2012-09: Reorganization and additions were processed by Joseph Nowariak
  • 2015-05: Additions to the collection were processed by Mee Xiong
  • 2017-09: Mee Xiong made additions to the collection

Repository Details

Part of the Minnesota State University, Mankato University Archives Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US