Friday, August 31, 2018

Geoffrey T. Blodgett Papers being processed

Archives staff is processing the Geoffrey T. Blodgett Papers (record group 30/263), after receiving the last accession from Jane Blodgett this year. 

"Jeff" Blodgett (1931-2001; OC 1953) was an esteemed and beloved faculty member in the History Department from 1960 to his retirement in 2000. He became the college's unofficial historian following the unexpected death of his mentor, Robert S. Fletcher, at the age of 59. His teaching was described as superlative, and his scholarship resulted in numerous articles as well as several books, among them Oberlin Architecture, College and Town: A Guide to its Social History (1985), and Oberlin History: Essays and Impressions (published posthumously in 2006).

Processing the Blodgett Papers involves the Associate Archivist, Anne Salsich, the Archives and Special Collections Intern, Becky Sparagowski, and Student Assistant Rachel Marcus (OC 2020).

Friday, June 8, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 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:

ShaVonte’ Mills, Doctoral Student, Pennsylvania State University

        “Antebellum Black Transnational Education Politics: Defining Freedom and Citizenship in Ohio, Canada, and Jamaica” 

Derek Catsam, Professor of History and Professor in the Humanities, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin

“No Doing Business with Apartheid: The Anti-Apartheid Movement on American College and University Campuses”

Friday, May 18, 2018

Archives Exhibits for Commencement Weekend

The Oberlin College Archives welcomes parents, students, reunion classes and visitors with three exhibits during Commencement weekend:

Honoring the Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer Mary Church Terrell (OC 1884; hon. 1948)
This exhibit will be in the Mudd Learning Center's Academic Commons during Library open hours.

Stories of Sanctuary and Oberlin: 1964 and 1970
The newest stories to be developed in the Oberlin Sanctuary Project ( presents the Carpenters for Christmas (1964) and Kent State University Shootings and Oberlin College (1970).

Reunion Classes of 1968 and 1993
See materials relating to your years at Oberlin!

The above two exhibits will be in the Goodrich Room on the fourth floor of Mudd Learning Center during the following schedule of open hours over the weekend:

Friday, May 25:     10-12 and 1-4:30
Saturday, May 26: 10-2
Sunday, May 27:     1-4

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented)

Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented): Archiving Student Activism at Universities and Colleges 

Nearly twenty colleges and universities around the country have joined to launch Project STAND, an online hub to heighten the awareness of archival and historical collections documenting student activism around the United States.

STAND will focus on digital and analog primary sources that document the activities of student groups that represent the concerns of historically marginalized communities (e.g., African American, Chicano/a, LGBTQ, religious minorities, disabled etc.). STAND will also highlight the work of others (e.g., faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni) who advocate for or support the interests of those communities.

The project was established in the fall of 2016 to bring together academic institutions from across the state of Ohio but has since broadened and includes representatives from Chicago State University, University of Illinois, The University of Michigan, South Carolina State University and Jackson State. The Oberlin College Archives joined the project in the fall of 2016.  This exciting initiative was originally conceived by Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist at Kent State University and Tamar Chute, University Archivist at The Ohio State University. 

Almost 120 collection assessments have been completed and the results show a wide variety of issues that inspired students to protest and to demonstrate, such as anti-slavery, the Vietnam War era, LGBTQ rights, anti-apartheid, civil rights and racial equality, and women’s rights. These collections are rich in correspondence, diaries, photographs, and posters. 

STAND provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion of the meaning and impact of the stories and events documented in the collections, both as a place in history and as an influence on our actions in the present.

Some collections from the Oberlin College Archives highlighted in Project STAND include the online digital collection Oberlin and Activism and the Mary Church Terrell Papers.  For more information about Oberlin’s participation in Project STAND, please contact Ken Grossi, College Archivist, at

For additional information please see the Project STAND website.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Community Trivia Night (Oberlin Heritage Center)

November 10 (Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Doors open at 5:30 for Registration)

Get a team together – or come on your own – for a family-friendly night of trivia! So you think you know your Oberlin history, your sports specifics, or your pop culture particulars? Find out how much you do know (or how much you don’t!) at this fun community event. Team size is up to you, but we think 3-6 people is ideal. New to Oberlin? Don't worry - the majority of questions are from beyond and even the Oberlin answers will probably sound familiar.

Ken Grossi, College Archivist, will be involved in this fun community event sponsored by the Oberlin Heritage Center

Location: Fellowship Hall of The First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C.
106 N. Main Street; Oberlin (northwest corner of Main Street (Rte 58) and Lorain Street (Rte 511)

Access to the parking lot is off Lorain Street (on the west side of the church). 
Doors to the fellowship hall are at the northwest side of the church.

Special Pricing for advance registration - Adults: $10; Kids: $5 (At the door - Adults: $12; Kids: $6)

Register yourself or your team from the Oberlin Heritage Center website today!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Huron University College students visit on October 20

Huron University College students visit the College Archives

On October 20 we will again host Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney’s students from Huron University College in London, Ontario for a session on Hiram Wilson, Oberlin, and the Underground Railroad. They will also have sessions with Ed Vermue, Special Collections Librarian and Julie Weir, Reference and Academic Commons Assistant, on relevant 19th Century anti-slavery materials in the Library.  

The Oberlin College Archives has been partnering with the History Department at Huron College for many years, and in 2013 that partnership resulted in a Huron College website in honor of Hiram Wilson and his letters at the Oberlin College Archives and the Amistad Research Center. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome new and returning students!

Orientation game, 1983

The Oberlin College Archives welcomes the Class of 2021 and all returning students to campus for the Fall Semester. Please visit us and discover our wonderful collections on the history of the College and Oberlin.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Archives closed August 7-11

This summer Archives is taking the week of August 7th to accomplish some projects that can't be done when we are open to researchers. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time. We look forward to welcoming researchers again on Monday, August 14th. 

Campus offices may continue to contact us for assistance by phone or email.

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.