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Working, Eating, and Living

Our interviewees took us beyond Old Main and beyond the Quad. They told us about living and working in Bloomington and Normal and about their lives before and after their student years. The following audio clips highlight aspects of student life and culture at ISNU in the 1930s.


Hear Dolly Secord talk about room, board and work during her college years:

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Hear Robert and Verda Maurer discuss University prohibitions on drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and marriage (of female students) while at ISNU...and students' ways around them:

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Making College Affordable in the 1930s

During the 1930s, tuitions rose at private and state schools across the country. Costs of attending college went up even as incomes and resources for most college students declined. To learn more about how students coped with these issues, please read this piece written by Dr. Gina Hunter.

Room and Board  at Old Normal in the 1930s

The Blacker sisters grew up on a farm in White Heath, IL (near Monticello) and during their times at ISNU, all three rented a room in the house of Reverend and Mrs. McColley at 601 N. Normal, Ave. To learn more about their experiences with room and board while attending ISNU, please read this piece written by Dr. Gina Hunter.


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Normal, Il 61790-4660
Phone: (309) 438-8668

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