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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



11.04.2011
Thomas and Mary Gove Nichols had managed to defeat Horace Mann at his own game—the war of words—and by early 1857 he represented a distinct minority opinion on the subject of whether they should be permitted to remain in Yellow Springs or not. Despite their victory, however,  before the season was out they would suspend operation of the Memnonia Institute, renounce their long held belief in free love, leave town and... › MORE


10.23.2011
Following the withdrawal of William Hambleton from Antioch College in March 1856 over his association with Thomas and Mary Gove Nichols, reformer proprietors of the Memnonia Institute, and the subsequent dismissal of his classmate Jared Gage a few weeks later, Horace Mann's war with the Nichols' entered a new stage. Gage had taken up the mantle of bookseller vacated by Hambleton's departure, and had vouched for Dr.... › MORE


10.07.2011
William Neal Hambleton of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was already 32 years old when he entered the Antioch Preparatory Department in 1855. Prior to entering school, he'd been a farmer, cabinetmaker, and teacher. He was already a physician, a graduate of the American Hydropathic Institute that Thomas and Mary Gove Nichols had operated in Cincinnati previous to the establishment of the Memnonia Institute of Yellow Springs. As... › MORE


09.25.2011
Thomas and Mary Gove Nichols were already notorious for their reform activities when they issued the following prospectus in 1856 announcing their proprietorship of the Yellow Springs Water Cure. Water cure, also known as hydropathy, was a popular form of alternative medicine that employed techniques known today as homeopathic and followed regimens modern observers would recognize as wellness. Established in the South Glen near... › MORE


09.08.2011
Horace Mann’s adherence to and understanding of phrenology begins and ends with Britain’s greatest phrenologist, George Combe (1788-1858). Originally a lawyer by training, Combe had wide ranging interests typical of the virtuoso intellectualism of his day. Though not initially impressed by the tenets of phrenology, in 1816 he observed a dissection of the human brain by noted phrenologist Dr. Johann Spurzheim, and became a... › MORE


08.25.2011
In his report on the first ever meeting of the Faculty of Antioch College, held in his parlor at West Newton, MA in November 1852, Horace Mann described the assembled as having “a most remarkable coincidence of opinion and sentiment among the persons present, not only as to theory, but in practical matters…we were all teetotalers; all anti-tobacco men; all anti-slavery men; a majority of us believers in phrenology... › MORE


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