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Archivist Scott Sanders to Receive Antioch's J.D. Dawson Award

photo of Scott SandersYELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – February 10, 2011 – Archivist Scott Sanders, the first employee hired by the newly independent Antioch College and the reigning authority on the history of the institution from its original founding to the present day, will receive the J.D. Dawson Award at Reunion 2011. The award recognizes significant contributions to Antioch College by alumni or friends of Antioch.

The theme of Reunion 2011, from June 16-19, will be “Science and Invention,” and Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi ‘61 is set to deliver the keynote address. In addition to Sanders, other honorees include alumnus Robert Greenwald ’66, who will receive the Horace Mann Award for “winning victories for humanity,” and choreographer and educator Sylvia C. Turner ’67, for for promoting racial and ethnic diversity within Antioch and beyond. Additional awards and a schedule of Reunion events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Though he never attended Antioch College, Sanders is widely considered to be, nonetheless, Antiochian. He was discovered in 1994 as a 300-hour graduate intern by Nina Myatt ’53, only the third Curator of Antiochiana since its establishment in 1905.

Seventeen years later, he can still be found archiving the collections of Antiochiana, though his was not an entirely continuous appointment. Kept around the Olive Kettering Library by grant funded projects and the firm but gentle hand of Professor Emeritus of History Irwin Abrams, also chair of the former Antioch Committee on Archives, Sanders finally joined the Antioch community full time when he was made the first ever archivist for Antioch University in 1997.

The arrangement worked until the dramatic announcement by the university chancellor in 2007 that Antioch College would be closed. Though retained by the university when so many friends and colleagues were not, his dedication to principles of open access to information ultimately brought him in conflict with the university’s increasing sense of confidentiality.

Cast aside in 2009 and his department closed up indefinitely, Sanders returned to Antioch College as its archivist a scant two and a half months later, the first employee hired by the new organization.

Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in American history and a master’s in archival and historical administration, both from Wright State University. He is a frequent lecturer for historical societies and other local organizations and delivers the keynote address at the annual conference of the Society of Ohio Archivists in April 2011.

He has contributed numerous articles and essays of local and institutional history, and is the author of the increasingly rare anthology Antioch: An Episodic History. If he can ever get it finished, a more comprehensive narrative of Antioch College is also in the works, due out later in 2011. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gariot P. Louima 

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