Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Artz Scholars

We welcome this summer's Frederick B. Artz Summer Research Grant recipients  to Oberlin to pursue their research in Archives and Special Collections:

Matthew Hintz

Doctoral candidate, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Residency: June 22-July 15

"The American Faith Mission: The Development of Faith Cures and Divine Healing in Oberlin and Northeast Ohio in Postbellum America, 1882-1900"

Jackie Shultz

Doctoral candidate, University of California, Santa Cruz

Residency: June 26-30

"Learning the Value of a Dollar: Children and Commerce in the U.S., 1830-1900"

Nancy Chen

Associate Professor, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Residency: July 10-28

"Trial and Transition of Oberlin-in-Shansi: Ming-Hsien in Wartime China, 1937-1951"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Archives Celebrates 100 Years of the Allen Memorial Art Museum

Construction of the Art Museum, May 5, 1916

Celebrating 100 Years of the Allen Memorial Art Museum

Archives created a special exhibit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of Oberlin's art museum in 1917. It will be on display through June 14th in the Goodrich Room on the 4th floor of Mudd Center. 

We still have special t-shirts for sale commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Archives. They sell for cost at $10.

Archives hours are M-F, 10-12 & 1-4:30.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Archives publishes The Oberlin Sanctuary Project

The Oberlin College Archives published The Oberlin Sanctuary Project on May 2, 2017. Through archival materials this online exhibit provides a forum for research, reflection, and discussion of what it means to be a sanctuary campus and community, now and in Oberlin's past.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Exhibit: PATHWAY TO HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY: Oberlin as Sanctuary


An exhibit on display in the Goodrich Room, 420 Mudd Center, March-April, 2017

The Oberlin College Libraries and Archives present this exhibit as an opportunity to pause and remember our history of helping others during uncertain times. The exhibit features documents, photographs, drawings and artifacts related to Oberlin’s anti-slavery activity and the Japanese American students at Oberlin College during World War II. These are stories of Oberlin helping others in need of a safe place to live, learn, and work.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Summer research opportunity deadline: January 15, 2017

The deadline for applying for a Summer Research Grant at the Oberlin College Archives and Library is January 15, 2017. 

The Oberlin College Archives established the Frederick B. Artz Summer Research Grants Program in 1990. This research program, which is made possible by a grant from the Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization, is intended to encourage and facilitate the publication of scholarly, humanistic studies based on archival and special collections sources at Oberlin College, with special emphasis on the history of the institution, the Oberlin Community and liberal arts education. Studies of a local nature involving the resources of both archival and special collections departments are especially encouraged. 

Researchers will be selected on the quality and significance of their research proposal, its relationship to the holdings of the Oberlin College Archives and Oberlin College Library, and on the potential for publication. Application forms are available from the link above.

Monday, August 29, 2016

50th Anniversary of the Oberlin College Archives

Oberlin College Archives, 1966-2016: 
50 Years of Preserving and Sharing Oberlin's Rich History

Oberlin in 1846, woodcut by Henry Howe

Please join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Oberlin College Archives. A special exhibit will be on view in the Goodrich Room on the 4th floor of Mudd Center from September 19 to October 21, 2016.

We will hold two special open houses with screenings of films from the Archives, on Saturday, September 24 from 10-2 and Saturday, October 8 from 10-2. Our regular hours are Monday through Friday, 10-12 and 1-4:30. We have t-shirts with the image of Oberlin in 1846 for sale too!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Oberlin College Archives 50th Anniversary

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Oberlin College Archives in 1966. We will mark the occasion with events and an exhibit, The Oberlin College Archives, 1966-2016: 50 Years of Preserving and Sharing Oberlin's Rich History. Two special Saturday open houses will feature the exhibit and a screening of college films dating from 1939 to 2016. Watch for our schedule of events, in progress.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


We welcome the 2016 recipients of the Frederick B. Artz Summer Research Grant:

Irina Muresanu, Assistant Professor, violin faculty, University of Maryland
          In-depth study of the etude books written by French pedagogues in the 18th and 19th century and their impact on teaching modern violin technique (Oberlin Conservatory of Music Herbert K. Goodkind Collection and related materials)

Oran Kennedy, Doctoral Student, Leiden University, Netherlands
         “Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in the Northern States and Canada, 1800-1860”

Joseph Yannielli, Postdoctoral Associate, Princeton University        

               “The Mendi Mission: Africa and the American Abolition of Slavery”


Friday, April 29, 2016

Archives Exhibits for Commencement Weekend

The Oberlin College Archives celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Conservatory of Music with a special exhibit on the main floor of Mudd Center, May 20th through May 22nd. Exhibits for the reunions of the classes of 1991 and 1966 will be on display in the Goodrich Room on the 4th floor of Mudd Center.  Come see a selection of the wealth of materials held by the Archives from the College and Conservatory's history.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

In Memory of Bill Bigglestone (1924-2016)

Bill Bigglestone in 1986

Bill Bigglestone, Oberlin College’s first Archivist (1966-1986), died Sunday, February 20, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona.  He was 91 years old. 

Bill received his B.A. in history from the University of Arizona and a M.A. in history from Stanford University.  Prior to coming to Oberlin, he worked as an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration and as corporate archivist for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio.

Marly Merrill, Oberlin affiliate scholar and friend wrote:

“As Oberlin College's first archivist, Bill Bigglestone's abilities, interests and personality fitted the challenges awaiting him in 1966. In his twenty-year archival administration here, he successfully organized a massive array of documents and records that dated back to the College and town's founding in 1833. He also acquired many new institutional and private papers that kept enriching the core collection, and he continued to create user-friendly finding guides to them all.

His deep interest in and knowledge of Oberlin's early racial history inspired him to write or edit a number of articles and two books on the subject that are now widely used by scholars and students.

Trained by Bill as an archival volunteer, I later became a steady user of the Oberlin Archives and a longtime friend. I will always treasure his easy and unassuming perfectionism, his quiet, dry sense of humor, and the way he went about his work in his steady, unflappable and totally committed way.”

Bill provided us with a great foundation that continues to help us to preserve and make available the rich history of Oberlin.  We will always be inspired by his commitment to Oberlin and his efforts to make the Archives a welcoming place for campus and community members and visiting researchers.