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.
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Songs from the Stacks News from Scott Sanders, Archivist
06.26.2014 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 appointed Robert E. Lee had... › MORE
05.30.2014 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 yet to establish that... › MORE
04.29.2014 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 highly accomplished... › MORE
03.25.2014 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 1892, Smith College... › MORE
02.26.2014 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 burgeoning Colonization... › MORE
01.28.2014 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 announcement for the... › MORE
01.28.2014 This month your intrepid archivist enjoyed a brief respite from frozen Ohio thanks to Elin Shallcross ’65, who arranged for me to present a lecture at the Unitarian Fellowship of Fairhope, Alabama. The topic, quite naturally, was the history of Unitarianism at Antioch College, a relationship that actually predates the founding in 1850. There might not have ever been an Antioch had the Unitarian Association and the College’s founding... › MORE
12.18.2013 From the Department of Guilt By Association, Stacks brings you this follow up installment on Antioch College and the Kennedy assassination. Recall from last month that the College almost immediately fielded unfounded accusations of its connection with Lee Harvey Oswald through the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. In fact, the closest connection Antioch ever had with Oswald was in the person of Ruth Hyde Paine, a 1955 graduate who had befriended Marina, Oswald... › MORE
11.27.2013 The commemorative exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum that opened on the 50th anniversary of the 35th president’s assassination describes the three days that followed as a national state of “suspended animation.” The reaction at Antioch College was certainly no exception as classes were cancelled and extracurricular activities rescheduled to allow the community time to grieve. Even though the... › MORE
10.29.2013 Harold Igo, a playwright of some note, lived in Yellow Springs in the mid-20th century. He is said to have gathered stories of haunted houses in the village while serving as a part time mail carrier. He wrote up what he found out in a column for The Yellow Springs News called, not surprisingly, “Haunted Houses.” The first installment appeared in the 4 February 1943 issue, beginning with this note from the editor: “Mr. Igo... › MORE
09.25.2013 Good luck pinning down Lewis Corey (1992-1953), former Professor of Political Economy and possibly the most interesting person ever to work at Antioch College. When he joined the faculty in the 1940s, he had already founded three magazines, published ten books, and had assumed at least four pseudonyms. As a founder of the American Communist Party, he knew John Reed, worked with Lenin and Trotsky, became the nation’s leading Marxist theoretician and... › MORE
08.28.2013 Earle Reynolds (1910-1998) grew up in show business, the son of trapeze artists. Despite a passion for the theater that never left him, he became an academic instead of an acrobat. He studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin. In 1943 he joined the research faculty of the Fels Institute for the Study of Human Development, established on the campus of Antioch College in 1930, chairing its Physical Growth Dept. There... › MORE