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September 1, 2008 Frederick B. Artz Summer Research Grants Program applications are available. The application deadline is January 15, 2009.

February 18, 2008 The College Archives' 2006-07 Annual Report is available for viewing online.

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Origins of the Spaulding Manuscript

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In celebration of
Black History Month

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Mary Church Terrell Class of 1884


Anna Julia Haywood
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858-1964)

This year the United States Post Office will feature two Oberlin women graduates from the class of 1884: Anna Julia Haywood (Cooper) in their Black Heritage stamp series and Mary Church Terrell in their Civil Rights Pioneer series. On February 21 the six designs of the Civil Rights Pioneers commemorative stamps, including the Mary Church Terrell stamp, will be available at local post offices and online at the United States Post Office website. In June, Cooper will become the 32nd inductee into the USPS's Black Heritage stamp series.

Though both women fought tirelessly against racism and sexism through education reform,
Mary Church Terrell
Mary E. Church Terrell (1863-1954)
the trajectories of their careers were quite different. Cooper focused on reform through teaching and scholarship, teaching at various schools and acting as principal at the largest and most prestigious public high school for African Americans in the nation, M Street High School in Washington, D.C., now known as Dunbar High School. Her most notable work was A Voice from the South, a feminist manifesto against sexism of African-American men. Cooper aimed to change both how African-American were perceived in society and how African-Americans thought about themselves.

Terrell's work, on the other hand, was more political by nature as she held a number of posts while maintaining a prosperous career as a journalist, an interest she cultivated at Oberlin by writing for and editing the Oberlin Review. Her focus on education issues led to her appointment to the District of Columbia Board of Education, a position she held from 1895 to 1906. She also served as the first president of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, founded the National Association of College Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was the only African American woman invited to take part in the 1904 International Congress of Women. She was a groundbreaking activist for both women and African-Americans. Terrell's two daughters, Mary and Phyllis, also attended Oberlin College.

For more information about Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Mary Church Terrell, see this article published February 17th, 2009 in the Oberlin News-Tribune. The Oberlin College Archives holds the alumni records files for both Cooper and Terrell, and are available for research.

The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue

2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, 13 September, 1858. In honor of the anniversary, the Oberlin College Archives will feature items from the collections related to the historic anti-slavery event involving the town and the College. To see a selection of collection items in the Archives, visit http://tinyurl.com/5k8k39. Check this link periodically to see new items added to our online selection.

For information on the history of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue and anniversary events, see the Oberlin Online Events Calendar, the Electronic Oberlin Group, and the Oberlin Heritage Center. See our outside links and the Oberlin College website.

The Archives offers two publications for sale that will assist researchers in learning more about Oberlin's antislavery activity in this historic event. Go to our Published Resources on the Home page.

The 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue: A Reappraisal, by Roland M. Baumann (2003)
They Stopped in Oberlin, by William E. Bigglestone [2002 reprint]

The Rescuers at the Cuyhoga County Jail
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