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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

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,... › MORE

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... › MORE

During the last two weeks of March, the Dayton area observed the centennial of the most tragic event in its history, the Great Flood of 1913. The Dayton Daily News published the stirring accounts of the people who were there to see the Great Miami River rise above its levies and the water levels downtown reach a height of 20 feet in some places, the local PBS affiliate THINKTV replayed its excellent homegrown documentary “... › MORE

By Scott Sanders, Archivist This installment of “Songs” might appear from the headline as a joke worthy of April Fools’ Day, but at the time it was published as fact. The year 1919 was a time of great transition in America. With the conclusion of the First World War, still called Great since the Second was not entirely foreseeable, the United States was dealing with a troubled economy, an influx of returning war... › MORE

By Scott Sanders, Archivist A powerful libretto of Black Power follows. The soloist, Professor Emerita of Social Work Jewel Graham, gave the remarks reprinted below at a meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association in 1970. At that time Antioch College was grappling with the implementation and implications of its most ambitious and comprehensive effort to increase, using the parlance of the time, its “cultural pluralism.”... › MORE

February marks the 60th anniversary of the most serious disaster, at least of a physical nature, in the history of Antioch College: the North Hall Fire. The blaze began on Sunday afternoon, Feb 22nd, 1953, during the winter term with a full house of nearly 100 students living there. Miraculously, no one was injured or worse, a testament to the existence, not to mention the expertise, of the College’s student-operated fire... › MORE