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Northwest Missouri State University


And The Truth Shall Make You Free

And The Truth Shall Make You Free

James H. Lemon, from Nodaway County, introduced House Bill No. 311 which led to the establishment of the Northwest Fifth District Normal School. His efforts culminated 30 years of struggle to bring higher education to the region.

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Jean Jennings Bartik: Computing Pioneer

Jean Jennings Bartik: Computing Pioneer

Jean attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, majoring in mathematics. She became one of only six women computer programmers on the ENIAC, the world's first successful electronic computer.

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Recognizing Northwest's Global Reach

Recognizing Northwest's Global Reach

The Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza was constructed in 1998 as a symbol of Northwest's commitment to the international community and a reminder to students to embrace cultural, national and political diversity.

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Remembering Our Heroes

Remembering Our Heroes

The Memorial Bell Tower was constructed under the leadership of President Robert Foster to memorialize Northwest's community who had served their country. Using only donated funds, the Bell Tower project jumpstarted the Northwest Foundation.

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Housing a Century of Presidents

Housing a Century of Presidents

Thomas Gaunt, an English immigrant, moved to Maryville in 1855, where he established the Gaunt Nursery. This property was transferred to the Fifth District Normal School in 1905 which is now Northwest Missouri State University.

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The Olympic Dream

The Olympic Dream

Northwest student Herschel Neil competed with Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympic Trials and attended the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, prior to World War II. Neil was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

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A Man's Passion for Nature

A Man's Passion for Nature

J.R. Brink, Superintendent of Construction and Maintenance at the Fifth District Normal School, planted 300 trees a year starting in 1917. The Missouri State Arboretum, located on Northwest's campus, contains more than 111 different tree species.

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Welcome to the Northwest Archives!

Established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University has a long, rich, compelling past and a vital, diverse, interesting present. The Northwest Museums website is designed to showcase that history, which includes ties to the world's first successful electronic computer and the Electronic Campus Program (EC). The EC Program turned the university into the first public electronic campus in the nation.

The online Northwest History museum features photographs, interactive maps, video and information about Northwest's evolution from a Normal School to a State University, offering visitors a rare window into campus life and the contributions of Northwest faculty, staff and students.

The online Computing History museum features photographs, video and information about Northwest's technological development through the decades and highlights the life and contributions of Jean Jennings Bartik. Jean graduated from Northwest in 1945 and went on to make computing history by programming the ENIAC, the world's first successful electronic computer. Later, Jean would make history again by turning the ENIAC into the world's first stored program computer, as well as, programming the UNIVAC I, the world's first successful commercial computer.

The Northwest Museums website also offers information about the eight physical museums on campus.

Visitors are welcome to explore the online museums or to stop by and personally tour a campus museum. Contact information for each campus museum can be found on their Web page.

Financial contributions can be made to each museum through the Northwest Foundation at 660.562.1248. All contributions are tax deductible.