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 937-286-5534.
Songs from the Stacks News from Scott Sanders, Archivist
It was possibly a small, intimate, even somber event, the Antioch College Commencement Exercises for 1862, one perhaps fraught with anxiety and uncertainty about the future, though not by the kind typically associated with graduation. The American Civil War had commenced its second year the season before, and by now no one believed that it would be anything but a long, bitter struggle. Almost to emphasize the point, a newly... › MORE
Stacks loves baseball for several reasons, not the least of which is how it lends itself to fiction. With references as far back as Jane Austen, no other sport can match baseball’s literary history, and with classics by the likes of Philip Roth (The Great American Novel) and Bernard Malamud (The Natural), no sport even comes close to its literary output. The recognized master of the baseball short story, Ring Lardner, had... › MORE
This month Stacks sings praises for an old friend, Megan Marshall, for on April 14th she received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in biography for her latest book, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. As far as Antiochiana is concerned, it should have been her second; in 2006 The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, her monumental triple biography of Horace Mann’s wife Mary and her... › MORE
Since it is both Women’s History Month and college basketball tournament time, Stacks talks women’s college basketball at (of all places) Antioch College. Unlike most intercollegiate team sports, women college students actually began playing basketball about the same time as men did. Just weeks after Dr. James Naismith introduced the game he invented to the boys in his gym class at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA in... › MORE
In January 1852, an organization called the Colored Freemen of Ohio met at a convention in Cincinnati to decide the question posed most notably by Lenin, “What Is to Be Done?” It was just the latest in a series of Colored Conventions going back to 1830, in which black civic leaders discussed a whole host of issues relating to the future prospects of African Americans, and how to deal with them. Chief among them was the... › MORE
Pete Seeger gave his last performance at Antioch College on August 9, 1984 for HUMAN Day, an occasion conceived by Jim Dunne, founding director of the Yellow Springs based human rights organization Help Us Make A Nation. The Dayton Daily News piece promoting the show says Seeger performed at Antioch about annually in the 1950s, but Antiochiana has only been able to document his appearance in Curl Gym on April 25, 1957. In fact, the... › MORE