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Antiochiana

The Archives and Special Collections of Antioch College

Antiochiana began in 1905 as a collection of historical artifacts gathered by librarian Bessie L. Totten (1876-1963), Antioch College class of 1900.

The term “Antiochiana” first appeared in 1898, when The Antiochian, Antioch’s oldest continuously published periodical, first reported a non-circulating section of the library where “not a book is to be found there, whose author is not either an Antiochian or one who has been connected with the college, or whose subject concerns the college history.” Miss Totten, who began her long Antioch career as Assistant Librarian in 1900, recalled how the librarian told her to take special care of these books, and she began to expand the collection. Miss Totten assumed the title of Curator of Antiochiana upon retiring in 1941, which she held until her death in 1963. Remarkably, in its century of existence Antiochiana has had only four directors.

In 1983, the Olive Kettering Library was designated as the official overseer of the Antioch archives, with authority to develop policies for retention and housing of documents and historical materials.

Antiochiana
Major Collections

The centerpieces of Antiochiana’s collections are the papers of Antioch College’s two most dynamic past presidents, Horace Mann and Arthur Morgan, and the extensive Bahnsen negative collection.

Location

Antiochiana is located on the second floor of the Olive Kettering Library.

Visit Antiochiana

The archives are currently accessible to the public by appointment only. Learn more.

Contact

Office: 937-319-0111
Location: Olive Kettering Library

Songs From the Stacks

Historical perspectives and selections from the archives by archivist Scott Sanders.

Mary Mann to Horace Mann Jr 9 Nov 1864

Mary Mann to Horace Mann Jr 9 Nov 1864

In a well-timed coda of letters to Horace Mann Jr. in Hawaii, his mother Mary Mann opens with a thought shared then and now by millions and millions of people around the world: the monumental importance ascribed to the outcome of an American presidential election.

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BP Mann to Horace Mann Jr 7 Nov 1864

BP Mann to Horace Mann Jr 7 Nov 1864

After receiving a pair of haranguing entreaties from his mother Mary and his brother George to pack up his expedition to Hawaii and come home to Boston, Horace Mann Jr. received the following account of his youngest brother Benjamin's trip up the...

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George C Mann to Horace Mann Jr 18 Sep 1864

George C Mann to Horace Mann Jr 18 Sep 1864

From the Department of Two Against One comes the following letter from George Combe Mann, Horace Mann, Jr.’s brother. Dated the very same day as the Mary Mann letter from our last installment, taken together they appear to have been written in...

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Mary Mann to Horace Mann Jr 18 Sep 1864

Mary Mann to Horace Mann Jr 18 Sep 1864

From the department of Mother Knows Best comes Mary Mann, widow of Horace Mann, telling her son Horace Jr. not only what to do but how to live his life. She complains that his last letter took nearly two months to reach her, perhaps not realizing...

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Mary Mann to Nathaniel Peabody

Mary Mann to Nathaniel Peabody

One of the best first-hand sources on life at Antioch College in its earliest days was the wife of its first president, Mary Peabody Mann. Her frequent letters home to her family in Boston, held by Antiochiana because of the tireless collecting...

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Yellow Springs Review 19 June 1896

Yellow Springs Review 19 June 1896

No one, it seems, got as much fun out of an Antioch College Commencement as the local newspaper did. That is if the following article from the Yellow Springs Review is any indication. Their coverage of the graduation exercises for 1896 was spread...

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For 100 years, a central component of Antioch’s progressive education model has been its flagship Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program, the first to be established as a core component in an undergraduate liberal arts program.