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Colorado State Teachers College, President Zachariah Xenophon Snyder records

Identifier: RG002-S002

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains documentation from Zachariah Xenophon Snyder's time as the second president of the State Normal School starting in 1891, during the institution's name change to Colorado State Teachers College in 1911, until his death in 1915. It includes both professional and personal materials, and some biographical information about Dr. Snyder including his time as an educator in Indiana. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, reports, commencement programs for the Colorado State Normal School, in memoriam documents, Biennial reports,and the 1914 Greeley Investigation report. The artifacts include a framed bas relief and a silver cup.


  • 1887 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1887 - 1916


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.

Biographical History

A national leader in teacher education, Zachariah Snyder arrived at the State Normal School after resigning the presidency at Indiana State Normal School in Pennsylvania. Snyder was not only a student of German education models, but an innovator. He pushed some radical ideas such as simplified spelling, a phonetical spelling system endorsed by President Teddy Roosevelt, and Sloyd, a Swedish manual arts program. Among the innovations he introduced to Colorado were kindergarten and an on-campus laboratory school. Snyder's leadership put the institution in the forefront of the nation's teacher colleges, as he added bachelor's and master's degree programs that led the institution to become the Colorado State Teachers College in 1911. Snyder was president from 1891 until his death in 1915.


5.42 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains documentation from Zachariah Xenophon Snyder's presidency (1891-1915), including correspondence, clippings, reports, and artifacts. It also contains biographical information about Dr. Snyder.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is organized into 3 series: Series 1. Personal and Professional Papers Series 2. In Memoriam materials Series 3. Trophies, plaques, and artifacts

The folders in each series are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information for most of the collection is unknown. The Colorado State Archives transferred microfilm documenting the Greeley Investigations in November 2021.

Related Materials

President Snyder's graduation caps, gowns, and hoods were separated and put into University of Northern Colorado, Degrees and Regalia collection, RG004-S009.

Photographs were transferred to University of Northern Colorado photographic prints and negatives, RG021-S001.

Separated Materials

A folder of photocopied clippings about President Snyder's wife, Maggie E. Snyder, was relocated to RG006-S007.

Processing Information

Processed by Kate Johnson, 2019.

Jay Trask, updated by Lynde McCaleb, Kate Johnson, and Laura Uglean Jackson
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Edition statement
Updated to conform to DACS in 2018. Heavily revised during processing in 2019. New acquisition added in 2021.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639