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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

In the Summer of 1861 the Mann Memorial Committee decided that sculptor Emma Stebbins would create the bronze statue of Horace Mann for the grounds of the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston. Four years later, with the statue a month from its dedication on the Fourth of July, his widow Mary wrote the following letter to Senator Charles Sumner. A gigantic figure of his time, Sumner was a leading member of the political faction known as... › MORE

From the Department of For the Love of Horace comes a letter to his widow Mary Mann from Horace’s bestie, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, concerning the plan to erect a statue in Boston in Mann’s memory. An interesting figure himself, Howe was a physician who yearned for adventure, such as in 1824 when, inspired by the example of his hero Lord Byron, he volunteered his surgical services in the Greek Revolution. In 1858, he put... › MORE

One hundred years ago, though not precisely to the day, the Board of Trustees gathered at a time when they usually didn’t (their annual meeting typically coincided with Commencement in late spring) to discuss what they hoped would be a turning point in Antioch College history. Indeed it was, but not the turning point they expected. The Antioch of 1919 was struggling to exist. Already on its third interim president since the... › MORE

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 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

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