We welcome this year's Frederick B. Artz Summer Research Grant scholars, who will come to Oberlin College to use the Archives and Special Collections for dissertation or book project research. 2019 Artz Scholars Ashley Serpa-Flack, doctoral student, University of California, Davis
“Shadow Diplomacy: The
United States, the Portuguese Empire and the Cold War, 1961-1974”
Blake Wilder ’03, English
Department faculty, University of Maryland, College Park
“Mary Church Terrell,
Black Soldiers, and the Fight for Citizenship”
Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida
“The New World Negro:
Melville J. Herskovits and the Making of African Diaspora Anthropology”
The journal books hold Charles Livingstone's original account of the Zambezi Expedition led by David, and in which Charles was a member of the party. They drew on Charles' account to write their book Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries, published in 1865. Charles Livingstone was a graduate of Oberlin College in 1845, and attended Oberlin's Theological Seminary for three years.
Presentation drawing by Warner, Burns, Toan, and Lunde, architects
For the 45th anniversary of the dedication of the Seely G. Mudd Learning Center in 1974, we present an exhibit on the building and the people who brought it to fruition. Visit the exhibit in the Archives and Special Collections reading room, Mudd Learning Center, 4th floor. We are open Monday through Friday, 10-12 & 1-4:30. The exhibit closes on June 7th, 2019.
See our new digital exhibit from the Oberlin student publications collection at the College Archives, which ranges from 1858 to the present, in nearly 200 titles. Descriptions were written by Kira Zimmerman '19.
Archives is pleased to announce that the Geoffrey T. Blodgett Papers (record group 30/263) has been processed, and is now ready for access by researchers. The finding guide can be found from the Archives home page by clicking the blue box for "Browse our Finding Guides." Then type Blodgett in the search box.
"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 involved the Associate Archivist, Anne Salsich, the Archives and Special Collections Intern, Becky Sparagowski, and student assistants Rachel Marcus (OC 2020) and Kira Zimmerman (OC 2019).
Associate Archivist Anne Salsich's article, "Sanctuary at Oberlin: The Archives bear Witness," was published in the current November/December issue of Archival Outlook, the news magazine of the Society of American Archivists. The cover features one of the images in the project, a poster made by Oberlin students in response to the May 4, 1970 killings at Kent State. The article begins on page 6 from the link above.
In the current issue of Archival Outlook, published by the Society of American Archivists, College Archivist Ken Grossi co-authored an article reporting on the status of Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented). See the article in the September/October issue: Archival Outlook, September/October 2018
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”