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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

Last month’s Stacks was preempted by a visit to Concord Free Public Library in Massachusetts, where an exhibit of Ada Shepard’s marvelous sketches of Florence, Italy opened on April 6th. Many a friend of Antiochiana attended,  including several descendants of this most distinguished member of the first graduating class of Antioch College. CFPL and Antiochiana also go way back, sharing collections and... › MORE

The roots that Antioch College has in Massachusetts run deep. Its famous first president, Horace Mann and his wife Mary, both came from Boston area, as did several of the first students to attend. To the Manns, most prized among those students was Ada Shepard of Dorchester, MA, who would graduate in Antioch’s very first class in 1857. A month and a week after finishing college, she booked passage on the steamship Ariel bound... › MORE

Yellow Springs, OH, has long been thought to be a haven for free-thinkers and eccentrics alike. It’s possible that the story of the Owenites is where that reputation began. In 1824, a visionary Scottish industrialist named Robert Owen visited the United States to investigate purchasing the tiny utopian settlement of New Harmony, IN, along the Wabash River. Owen was already famous for the great social welfare experiment he had... › MORE

When journalist John Palmer Gavit (1868-1954) visited Antioch College in 1923, it was still in the early  stages of the reorganization of Arthur E. Morgan; the students his revolutionary new program attracted would not graduate for another three years. Reprinted here is a digest of three articles he produced from that visit, during which he lived among the students. Like so many of the reporters covering the Antioch of the... › MORE

From the Department of “Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here?” comes Franklin William Hooper (1851-1914). Born on a farm near Walpole, NH, Hooper attended Antioch College in the 1870s where he swept floors and rang the College bell for extra cash, but finished school at Harvard in 1875. There he studied under famed scientist Louis Agassiz, doing a year of post-grad that included a scientific expedition to the... › MORE

Nancy Nooks’ letter to Horace Mann is perhaps the most delightfully misspelled piece of correspondence in the collections of Antiochiana. Impassioned, angry, absolutely incomprehensible in places and oddly perceptive in others, her letter is prompted by an incident at Antioch College in (we think) 1857 reported to her in the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. A group of Antioch women had attended Chapel services wearing garb more... › MORE