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Welcome to Western College Memorial Archives

Founded in 1998, the Western College Memorial Archives is dedicated to acquiring and preserving any and all materials related to the Western College for Women. The archives lays claim to materials from the Board of Trustee records dating back to 1853, original material from Western College's various Presidents (including Helen Peabody, Leila McKee and William Boyd), an impressive photograph collection and much more.

We are located on the ground floor of Peabody Hall in rooms 16, 17, and 19. We are open to the public by appointment. If you need to contact us regarding appointments, questions, this webpage or anything else, you can call 513.529.9695 or email us at johnsoj@miamioh.edu.

Collection Development Policy

In accordance with the vision of Miami University and the Mission Statement of University Libraries, the Western College Memorial Archives serves the university, local and international communities by collecting, preserving and providing access to primary resources on the culture and history of the former Western College for Women (1853-1974)

Materials Collected

The Western College Memorial Archives is dedicated to acquiring and preserving any and all materials directly related to the Western College for Women. The Archives includes Boards of Trustees records dating back to 1853, original materials from Western College presidents and an impressive photographic collection. Primary sources are available in a variety of media including audio and video.

The following categories of resources are included in the Western College Memorial Archives:

  • Materials produced by or about the college such as administrative records, policies, catalogs, biographical information about faculty and alumnae, Western College publications, photographs, and other documentary media.
  • Reference copies of monographs reflecting the history of Western College for Women
  • Freedom Summer materials directly related to activities that occurred in 1964
The Miami University Libraries welcomes the donation of materials appropriate to the mission and scope of the Archives, as determined by the Western Archivist.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Western College Memorial Archives have begun transferring their online records to a new ArchivesSpace platform. The process will be completed in 2015.


The The Mississippi Freedom Summer Digital Collection is now online.
This project was funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, the Miami University Libraries, and through the generous support of Catherine Ross-Loveland, a 1952 graduate of the Western College for Women.


The Western Weekly Student Newspaper is now online.


The Edgar Stillman Kelley Collection information website is now accessible.


The Western Round-Up Student Newspaper Collection is now accessible.


Also, visit the Western College for Women Oral Histories or the Miami Stories Oral History Project

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