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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

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

It was possibly a small, intimate, even somber event, the Antioch College Commencement Exercises for 1862, one perhaps fraught with anxiety and uncertainty about the future, though not by the kind typically associated with graduation. The American Civil War had commenced its second year the season before, and by now no one believed that it would be anything but a long, bitter struggle. Almost to emphasize the point, a newly appointed... › MORE