Fifteen college catalogs from St. Norbert College, spanning the years 1902-1916, are now available online through Recollection Wisconsin. This collection complements a digital collection of yearbooks from 1917-1926 made available earlier in 2013 by the Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library at the College.
St. Norbert College was founded in De Pere, Wisconsin in 1898 to prepare young men for the priesthood, but in addition to this “classical” course of instruction, the catalogs show that students had the option to pursue a “commercial” curriculum. This track offered practical instruction in business, including skills such as shorthand and touch typing.
The catalogs offer the same kinds of information a first-year college student of today (and his or her parents) might expect to find before heading off to campus: a description of the campus, the school’s policies and philosophy, tuition costs, courses offered, extracurricular activities, and recommendations for what to pack.
The catalogs are the fourth digital collection from St. Norbert College, along with St. Norbert College in Photos, the mid-19th century diaries of Father Maximilian Gartner, and the St. Norbert College yearbooks 1917-1926.