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
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... › MORE
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... › MORE
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.... › MORE
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... › MORE
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... › MORE
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... › MORE