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
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
Herein Stacks presents how to make an argument the Hugh Taylor Birch way. Birch, Antioch College class of 1869, had by the mid-1930s when he wrote the following letter to Algo Henderson, then president of the College, begun to memorialize the people most important to his considerably long life. As he approached his 90th year, Birch established monuments in nature to first his mother Sally Milligan Birch (1813-... › MORE
A statue of Horace Mann, the first president of Antioch College, has been the topic of much discussion lately on the campus over which he once presided. Erected on a site in Glen Helen that was once part of Mann’s farm by Hugh Taylor Birch, class of 1869, as part of a national celebration marking the centennial of public education in America, the statue is the second of two cast from the same mold, albeit about 75 years apart,... › MORE