In the 1940s, Southern Illinois State Normal University was transitioning from a normal school into the university it is today. During this decade, university officials produced documentation to help justify this transformation to the Illinois General Assembly. This undated document likely coincides with The Southern Alumnus issue of January 1943, which makes an argument for transforming from a teacher’s college into a university. During the planning stages, the university name was envisioned to be the University of Southern Illinois (USI). It discusses the educational and economic needs in Southern Illinois.