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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

Meet Ralph Shupe, for most of his career a West Virginia radio newscaster, but for a brief time in 1954 the editor of a local weekly called The Yellow Springs American. The American was a reaction to liberalism in general and Antioch College in particular that began in 1953 under the auspices of a civic improvement organization to counter the progressive reputation of the Antioch College community. For most of its brief existence it... › MORE

Lucy Salisbury came to Antioch College as a new student the year that it opened for classes in 1853, but her education experienced such frequent interruption, probably due to financial reasons, that by 1860 she was still in the College’s preparatory program. There she met Myrick Hascall Doolittle, class of 1862, and the two married upon his graduation. Myrick would soon take a job with the United States Naval Observatory in... › MORE

On Commencement Day in 1885, Antioch College dedicated a marble tablet to memorialize its students who had died in the American Civil War. The Hon. J. Warren Keifer, then just months removed from a four term hitch in the US Congress (one as Speaker of the House), gave the following dedicatory address. Keifer came from nearby Springfield, had briefly been a student in the 1850s, and was himself a veteran of the Union Army. He enlisted... › MORE

Lewis Montgomery Hosea was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1842. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where his father had established a successful grocery business, entering Antioch College in 1858. He was still a student in the Spring of 1861 when the American Civil War began. He left school to enlist as did so many Antiochians, joining the 6th Ohio Volunteer Regiment known as the “Guthrie Grays.” Hosea saw action in some... › MORE

The Rev. John Burns Weston spent much of his adult life at Antioch College. Admitted to its first college class in October of 1853, he was a member of its first graduating class in 1857 and joined its faculty soon after as principal of the Preparatory Dept. and professor of rhetoric, logic, and Greek. He served three interim presidencies over the course of his career, earning the nickname “Old Interregnum.” In 1881 he... › MORE

The March 14, 2011 issue of The New Yorker featured a long article by Harvard University history professor Jill Lepore on the pioneering American psychologist G. Stanley Hall and his studies on aging. Hall in recent years has become something of a whipping post in his field, and virtually all of his theories have been thoroughly discredited. Yet he remains a foundational figure in psychology. He was also once a member of the Antioch... › MORE