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.

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.