Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Free Public Lecture by Prof. Carol Lasser, Tuesday February 17

Left: Mary E. Burton Shurtleff & daughter
Right: Giles Waldo Shurtleff
Credit: Oberlin College Archives  

Civil War Courtship Letters and the 'Homefront Imaginary'
Free Public Lecture, Tuesday February 17, 4:30 p.m.

Moffett Auditorium (Room 050)
Oberlin College Mudd Library

Oberlin College Professor of History Carol Lasser draws on the correspondence of Oberlininans 

Giles Waldo Shurtleff and Mary E. Burton, as well as that of Elliott Grabill and Anna Jenney, 

and looks at the ways in which these Union soldiers turned to women on the homefront 

for emotional support and relationships beyond the battlefield to sustain them 

during the long conflict.

Co-sponsored by the Oberlin Heritage Center, the Oberlin College Archives 
and the Oberlin College Department of History

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Digital Image Orders

Until we hire a new Digital Projects Intern, Archives will need two weeks' notice to fulfill orders for digital images of photographs or other materials in our collections. Our former intern, Diana Tebo, has moved on to a part-time position with the Student Research Office here at Oberlin, and another part-time position at the Akron Public Library. (Congratulations, Diana!)

Friday, October 24, 2014

New museum objects in the Archives

Like albino squirrels? And lantern slide projectors? We do and we've got them.

See the white squirrel soft toy we received from the Alumni Office: 
White squirrel soft toy 

Here is the lantern slide projector used by former art professor and Allen Art Museum Director Clarence Ward:
Ward lantern slide projector 

And here is the updated finding guide to the Clarence Ward Collection:
Clarence Ward Collection

Friday, October 10, 2014

New and Improved Digital Exhibits

Our student webmaster Eva Fineberg is making great progress redesigning our exhibits that were on the old website! So far she has finished these:

The Great Wooden Spoon
1940 Oberlin Mock Convention
Westwood Cemetery
Gilford Scientific Instruments

She has also redesigned the Civil War Letters web page. Click the links or see them from our home page under "Virtual Exhibits" and "Resources." Check them out!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Presentation on "Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism," September 29

J. Brent Morris, Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, will speak about Oberlin and the antislavery movement on Monday, September 29, in the Moffett Auditorium, Room 050, in the Mudd Center at 4:30 p.m. His talk entitled “Be Not Conformed to This World: Oberlin and the Antebellum Fight for Freedom and Equality” is based on his new book Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America. 
There will be a book signing following the talk in the lower level of the Mudd Center near the Moffett Auditorium.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Oberlin College Archives, the Oberlin College History Department, the Oberlin Heritage Center, and the Oberlin African American Genealogy and HIstory Group. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Photo of John Mercer Langston Returns from Exhibitions

John Mercer Langston
Oberlin College Archives

Our photographic portrait of John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), taken around 1880, returned home after its inclusion in a major exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art. Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial showcased Oberlin College's photograph of Langston from September 15, 2013 to January 20, 2014. After that the show traveled to the Massachusetts Historical Society where it was on exhibit from February 23 to May 26, 2014. 

John Mercer Langston was a graduate of the Oberlin Collegiate Institute in 1849, and of Oberlin's Graduate School of Theology in 1853. He practiced law in Oberlin beginning shortly after his seminary graduation. He was the recruiting officer in the West for the famous 54th Massachusetts regiment of black troops, and also for the 55th Massachusetts, hence the portrait's inclusion in the National Gallery of Art's exhibition. 

To learn more about Langston's illustrious career and to see a photograph taken during his student years at Oberlin, see Oberlin and the Civil War.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Frederick B. Artz Scholars

On June 9 we welcome our first of two Artz scholars in 2014, James Lin. The Artz research program, 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 collection sources at Oberlin College.  

James Lin is a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley. His research topic is titled "Sowing Seeds and Knowledge: International Agricultural Development in the U.S., China, Taiwan, and the World, 1920 to 1975." He will be with us from June 9-13.

Our other Artz scholar this year is John Bell, from Harvard University.  He will be with us from June 23 to July 2. His topic is titled "A College Upon a Hill: Campuses of American Social Reform, 1830-1880."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reunion Exhibits May 19-25

 Exhibits Celebrating the Classes of 1964 and 1989
and the 
175th Anniversary of the Oberlin Alumni Association
May 19-25

Come see our exhibits and yearbooks, the Oberlin Review, 
Oberlin Alumni Magazine and other materials available 
for you to browse and reminisce.

Monday-Friday, 10-12 and 1-4:30
Saturday 10-2
Sunday 1-4

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Acquisitions Exhibit, April-May 2014

See the latest additions to the holdings of the Oberlin College Archives in our current exhibit. My personal favorite of these is the rubbing from a Chinese monument at the Beilin Museum at Xi'an, China, purchased by the late Paul Arnold, former Professor of Art at Oberlin. Other objects on display include a bamboo cane, letter sweaters, an 1856 handbill advertising a sale of land and slaves in Kentucky, an album of early postcards of Oberlin, etchings of Oberlin buildings by Julia Gridley Severance, and a scrapbook made by a 1943 Oberlin College graduate.

This exhibit will be on view in April and May of 2014 in the Goodrich Room, 420 Mudd.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Celebrating Black History Month, February 2014

Winter term 1980 students march into Oberlin at the end of their four-hundred-mile journey retracing the Underground Railroad. Their thirty-day trip took them from Greensburg, Kentucky to Oberlin, Ohio. The nation's media, both print and broadcast, widely reported on this NEH-sponsored project.

Celebrating Black History Month, February 2014

An Exhibit in the Goodrich Room, Mudd Center, Fourth Floor
In 1935, Oberlin College dedicated a plaque in the Carnegie Library building to commemorate 100 years of black education at Oberlin. That plaque is located on the wall outside Azariah’s Café in the Academic Commons of the Mudd Center. Today we celebrate over 179 years of African American Heritage at Oberlin.
Featured in the exhibit are photographs and documents from the collections of the Oberlin College Archives. The exhibit provides a brief glimpse into the history of African American Heritage at Oberlin including the entry in the minutes of the January 1, 1835 meeting of Board of Trustees of the Oberlin Collegiate Institute: "Whereas information has been received from Rev. John J. Shipherd, expressing a wish that students may be received in the Institution irrespective of color…"
We invite you to visit our website (www.oberlin.edu/archive) or see our staff to learn more about the holdings of the Oberlin College Archives, specifically those related to the history of African American Heritage at Oberlin. See also our Oberlin and Civil Rights Digital Collection.