Rare Book Collections

The rare books housed in the John Halpern Special Collection room have been identified as valuable to Framingham State University because of their local association, quality of production or illustration, date of printing, prior ownership, or condition of copy. Because of the University's distinguished role as the country's first publicly supported normal school, the collection as a whole takes on further value: it illustrates the evolution of educational theories and practices throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Additionally, many of the volumes reflect the changes and orientations of the school's curriculum during these years.