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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

Among the many founders of Antioch College, none had more far reaching impact on its subsequent history than the Reverend Eli Fay (1822–1899). Fay came from Cazenovia, New York, near Syracuse, appears to have been largely self-educated, and joined the Christian denomination in the 1840s. A leading delegate to the Marion Convention of 1850 where the idea of Antioch College was formally put to paper, Fay advanced the twin founding... › MORE

Among the momentous events of 1914, which include the outbreak of the First World War, the establishment of Mother’s Day as an official holiday in the United States, and the film debut of Charlie Chaplin, was the most remarkable season in the history of Antioch College football. As incongruous as the terms “Antioch College” and “football” may sound, the College known for not playing sports maintained intercollegiate athletics for... › MORE

Eero Saarinen, Birch Hall, and the Master Plan Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) was not yet the celebrated, controversial architect he would become when Antioch College engaged his firm to put together its first campus master plan in 1944. That year a fledgling Campus Planning Committee had concluded that the College required the services of an experienced reputable architect to help merge the many physical needs of a campus barely... › MORE

The centerpiece of just about every Antioch College Reunion has been an evening meal usually accompanied by a speech. When Algo Henderson delivered the following address at the 1935 Alumni Dinner, he was concluding his second year as interim president—filling in for Arthur Morgan, who was away building dams for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Here one of the more articulate commentators ever on Antioch College addresses, among other... › MORE

Credited directly to Danish pastor and philosopher Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783–1872), the folk school model of adult education grew out of the French Revolution. Grundtvig was inspired by a report on public education written by the Marquis de Condorcet in 1792 that first advanced the concept of popular education, a movement that was part political and part pedagogical. The idea was to give the peasantry and other people... › MORE

Aaron Burt Champion and the Cincinnati Red Stockings Ohio’s own Aaron Burt Champion (1842–1895) entered the Preparatory Department of Antioch College in 1856 when Horace Mann was still its president. He left school in 1860 without a degree, though that did not prevent him from becoming a successful Cincinnati attorney in just a few short years. Champion’s meteoric rise in the legal world led to a life in baseball,... › MORE