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Antiochiana

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.

After more than a century, Antioch College remains committed to careful stewardship of this critical College resource. If you have questions regarding the archive or wish to support its preservation with the pledge of a capital or planned gift, please contact us at 937-286-5534.


Songs from the Stacks  News from Scott Sanders, Archivist


03.25.2014 Since it is both Women’s History Month and college basketball tournament time, Stacks talks women’s college basketball at (of all places) Antioch College. Unlike most intercollegiate team sports, women college students actually began playing basketball about the same time as men did. Just weeks after Dr. James Naismith introduced the game he invented to the boys in his gym class at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA in 1892, Smith College... › MORE


02.26.2014 In January 1852, an organization called the Colored Freemen of Ohio met at a convention in Cincinnati to decide the question posed most notably by Lenin, “What Is to Be Done?” It was just the latest in a series of Colored Conventions going back to 1830, in which black civic leaders discussed a whole host of issues relating to the future prospects of African Americans, and how to deal with them. Chief among them was the burgeoning Colonization... › MORE


01.28.2014 Pete Seeger gave his last performance at Antioch College on August 9, 1984 for HUMAN Day, an occasion conceived by Jim Dunne, founding director of the Yellow Springs based human rights organization Help Us Make A Nation. The Dayton Daily News piece promoting the show says Seeger performed at Antioch about annually in the 1950s, but Antiochiana has only been able to document his appearance in Curl Gym on April 25, 1957. In fact, the announcement for the... › MORE


01.28.2014 This month your intrepid archivist enjoyed a brief respite from frozen Ohio thanks to Elin Shallcross ’65, who arranged for me to present a lecture at the Unitarian Fellowship of Fairhope, Alabama. The topic, quite naturally, was the history of Unitarianism at Antioch College, a relationship that actually predates the founding in 1850. There might not have ever been an Antioch had the Unitarian Association and the College’s founding... › MORE


12.18.2013 From the Department of Guilt By Association, Stacks brings you this follow up installment on Antioch College and the Kennedy assassination. Recall from last month that the College almost immediately fielded unfounded accusations of its connection with Lee Harvey Oswald through the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. In fact, the closest connection Antioch ever had with Oswald was in the person of Ruth Hyde Paine, a 1955 graduate who had befriended Marina, Oswald... › MORE


11.27.2013 The commemorative exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum that opened on the 50th anniversary of the 35th president’s assassination describes the three days that followed as a national state of “suspended animation.” The reaction at Antioch College was certainly no exception as classes were cancelled and extracurricular activities rescheduled to allow the community time to grieve. Even though the... › MORE


10.29.2013 Harold Igo, a playwright of some note, lived in Yellow Springs in the mid-20th century. He is said to have gathered stories of haunted houses in the village while serving as a part time mail carrier. He wrote up what he found out in a column for The Yellow Springs News called, not surprisingly, “Haunted Houses.” The first installment appeared in the 4 February 1943 issue, beginning with this note from the editor: “Mr. Igo... › MORE


09.25.2013 Good luck pinning down Lewis Corey (1992-1953), former Professor of Political Economy and possibly the most interesting person ever to work at Antioch College. When he joined the faculty in the 1940s, he had already founded three magazines, published ten books, and had assumed at least four pseudonyms. As a founder of the American Communist Party, he knew John Reed, worked with Lenin and Trotsky, became the nation’s leading Marxist theoretician and... › MORE


08.28.2013 Earle Reynolds (1910-1998) grew up in show business, the son of trapeze artists. Despite a passion for the theater that never left him, he became an academic instead of an acrobat. He studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin. In 1943 he joined the research faculty of the Fels Institute for the Study of Human Development, established on the campus of Antioch College in 1930, chairing its Physical Growth Dept. There... › MORE


07.24.2013 Herein Stacks presents how to make an argument the Hugh Taylor Birch way.  Birch, Antioch College class of 1869, had by the mid-1930s when he wrote the following letter to Algo Henderson, then president of the College, begun to memorialize the people most important to his considerably long life. As he approached his 90th year, Birch established monuments in nature to first his mother Sally Milligan Birch (1813-1863) with Sally Milligan... › MORE


06.27.2013 A statue of Horace Mann, the first president of Antioch College, has been the topic of much discussion lately on the campus over which he once presided. Erected on a site in Glen Helen that was once part of Mann’s farm by Hugh Taylor Birch, class of 1869, as part of a national celebration marking the centennial of public education in America, the statue is the second of two cast from the same mold, albeit about 75 years apart, and one of the few... › MORE


05.29.2013 Inspiration for this installment comes from Antiochiana's primary stock in trade: scholarly reference. A descendant of Ada Shepard, a member of the very first graduating class of Antioch College in 1857, working on an article for publication contacted the archives for a specific historical need, and over the course of some correspondence ended up with materials that provided a whole new light on great grandmother Ada. This illumination came in the form... › MORE


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