History Books

  • The Whit staff gathered for a photo published in 1943 yearbook.

History Books

100 years in the books

Founded in 1923 to train teachers, Rowan University’s Centennial celebration proudly begins with the release of three histories written by our own students and faculty decades ago, as well as a new online photo-video tribute, The first 25 years in 25 images.

What began as the Glassboro Normal School 100 years ago is, in 2023, Rowan University—a truly extraordinary institution that is one of the nation's top 100 public research universities and its third fastest-growing.

As the entire Rowan University community proudly marks its first century of progress, there's much more to come in a festive year of events, publications, programs and performances.

Please enjoy looking back with pride and looking ahead with ambition.

Happy Centennial! 


More Than Cold Stone: A History of Glassboro State College 1923-1973 by Robert D. Bole book coverMore Than Cold Stone
A History of Glassboro State College, 1923-1973

Researched and written by our own Dr. Robert Bole to commemorate our first 50 years, the new edition of More Than Cold Stone features new photos and a tribute to the author.

Paperback with commemorative bookmark, 322 pages. Available for purchase or download now.




1923-1948 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro booklet cover1923-1948: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary
New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro

The 1948 history written for our 25th anniversary, with photos and student artwork, plus letters from Dr. Savitz and Dr. Bunce.

24 pages. Available for download.




A History of the Glassboro State Teachers College booklet coverA History of the Glassboro State Teachers College

The history published in 1940 by journalism students with articles and essays about campus life, as well as photos and student art from the early years.

40 pages. Available for download.




Coming soon! A history of Rowan University’s first century

A captivating and broad history of Rowan University with hundreds of archival photos, illustrations, documents and memorabilia gathered from alumni, University archives and scores of interviews. Researched and written by alumni and Rowan editorial staff to commemorate our first 100 years.

Hardback with dustjacket and commemorative bookmark, 360 pages. Available for purchase in October 2023.