NORMAN — The old saying goes don’t judge a book by its cover. In the case of “Images of America: Norman 1889-1949,” the saying should be don’t judge a book by its size.
A little more than 100 pages, the book, complied by Suzanne H. Schrems, Ph.D., and Lt Col. Vernon R. Maddux, ret. USMC, is published on behalf of the Cleveland County Historical Society and is chock full of Norman history.
The book, a pictoral history of Norman from the land run in 1889 to the end of a Navy town in 1949, took about a year to put together, Schrems said.
The book seemed fitting for the pair, since they are both Norman residents and Cleveland County Historical Society board members. And if that wasn’t enough qualifications, both are adjunct professors of history and authors of books on Oklahoma and the American West.
“Vernon and I, last fall, put together the photos we would use. Surprisingly, I got some good stuff off of eBay, especially on the Naval bases. There’s not a lot that I found of photographs of Norman during that time,” Schrems said.
Arcadia Publishing approached the historical society requesting the book be formulated.
“They have been asking us for a couple of years. They have the ‘Images of America’ series all over Oklahoma, all over the country. There must be 30 or more books just on Oklahoma,” Schrems said. “They wanted one on Norman.
“For the last couple of years, I didn’t think we could get the photographs. So when we started to look, Vernon and I went through what we had and how much we could afford to buy. We figured we had to have 180.”
Another benefit of the book is that all proceeds go directly to the Cleveland County Historical Society and its support of Norman’s Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum.