Preserving and recording our history is an essential element in building the future of Antioch College. Antiochiana began as a collection of historical artifacts gathered by College librarian Bessie Totten, Class of 1900, who served the College for 41 years. Among its impressive collection, Antiochiana includes the papers of Horace Mann and Arthur Morgan, used for academic research by scholars from around the world.
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Songs from the Stacks News from Scott Sanders, Archivist
Nancy Nooks’ letter to Horace Mann is perhaps the most delightfully misspelled piece of correspondence in the collections of Antiochiana. Impassioned, angry, absolutely incomprehensible in places and oddly perceptive in others, her letter is prompted by an incident at Antioch College in (we think) 1857 reported to her in the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. A group of Antioch women had attended Chapel services wearing garb more... › MORE
For obvious reasons, this month Stacks sings a love song composed, arranged, and performed by a young Horace Mann. In the summer of 1830, he was a rising 34 year old Boston attorney and an ambitious member of the Massachusetts State Legislature. Charlotte Messer, the subject of the piece, was the youngest daughter of one of the most significant people in Horace’s life to that point, Asa Messer, president of Brown University, 1802-... › MORE
No aspect of American life escaped the impact of the Great Depression, especially the Christmas holiday. Life at Antioch College in the 1930s was certainly no exception: cooperative education jobs dropped left and right as unemployment rose to a paralyzing 25 percent and employers had to decide whether or not the few jobs they had left went to students or the heads of increasingly needy households. More and more students withdrew as... › MORE
Fact, fiction, and football factor in to this month’s Stacks. Tis the season, after all (for football, anyway), and all were topics of discussion at the November meeting of the Yellow Springs Historical Society in a program put on by your archivist. Fact and fiction was YSHS’s annual theme for 2014, and there is plenty of the latter to work with when it comes to Antioch College.For decades Antiochians held the mistaken... › MORE
From the Department of Latest Acquisitions comes a biography of Horace Mann’s most important ally in his cause for universal public education, Cyrus Peirce of Massachusetts. Peirce, whose name despite appearances is in fact spelled correctly, was a Harvard educated Unitarian minister, educator, and reformer. The girls’ school he established in Nantucket in the 1830s counted among its students Maria Mitchell, one of the... › MORE
Stacks has Ohio history on the brain more than usual since it is the course I just finished teaching. Not having taught since my very last days as the Antioch University Archivist, I felt the rust, but hopefully did not show it too much. Among the topics we discussed was the Land Ordinance of 1785,the system employed by the early republic to survey and sell land in Ohio when it was still the Northwest Territory and easily the most... › MORE