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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 937-319-0111.

Songs from the Stacks  News from Scott Sanders, Archivist



12.12.2018
Happy Holidays, Antiochians! What follows appeared in the very first issue of the earliest College publication in Antiochiana, not to mention the earliest known account of an Antioch Christmas break. Though unattributed, the article has the literary stamp of a member of the class of 1870, Ellen A. Cox. “Nellie” as she was known, was an exceptional student, a leading figure in the women’s Crescent Literary Society,... › MORE


11.08.2018
11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War/War to End All Wars/First World War. Observed ever since as Armistice Day, it's been called Veterans Day in the United States since 1954 to celebrate all American veterans and not just those who served in 1917-18. The US was woefully unprepared to enter the fray upon its declaration of war against Germany in April 1917; its armed... › MORE


10.11.2018
By the time Calvin Pennell wrote this letter to chair of the Board of Trustees Reverend Eli Fay,  he was no longer a member of the faculty, having become a high school principal in St. Louis, MO, in 1856. It seems that, by the Fall of 1857, he could no longer keep his opinions to himself concerning a former colleague, Professor of Mathematics Ira W. Allen, and the reason for that is something that appeared in “the paper Mr... › MORE


09.13.2018
Calvin Smith Pennell (1816-1901), lesser known sibling of pioneering Antioch College professor Rebecca Pennell, came to his appointment on the first faculty with more training and experience as an educator than all of his peers. A graduate of Waterville College in Maine (Colby College since 1867), where he also earned a master's degree, Pennell had taught in several Massachusetts high schools before becoming Professor of Latin... › MORE


08.09.2018
When Horace Mann corresponded with The Cincinnati Gazette in May 1859, Antioch College was experiencing one of its more notable financial meltdowns, the details of which Mann lays out fairly clearly in his opening paragraphs. As with his presidency, Mann’s letter addresses perceived slights with far more precision and alacrity than the money problems that had people at each other's throats, a standard criticism of his... › MORE


07.19.2018
Unfavorable press and Antioch College have gone together since before there was an Antioch College. Barely a 16-monthold idea and still yet to become an actual place, Antioch had already been a hot topic in Ohio newspapers when the following dispatch from The Lebanon Western Star appeared in The Conneaut Reporter. Though they conceived their school in upstate New York, the fundraising prowess of Rev. John Phillips of Brown County led... › MORE


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