College Archives houses the permanently valuable records of
the institution as well as those of individuals, families and organizations
affiliated with Oberlin College and/or the town of Oberlin. Included
are materials on movements with which Oberlin has been associated,
such as antislavery, black education, coeducation, missions, and
temperance. There are also 322 collections of personal papers of
faculty and graduates; eighty-three collections of local organizations;
municipal government records of the City of Oberlin and of Russia
Township; and over 260,000 photographs. The 6,400 linear feet of
records are organized around 56 Record Groups.
Collections Department of the College
Library houses works of a rare, valuable or fragile nature.
Among the more important collections are the following: antislavery
books and pamphlets (over 2,500 items); Oberliniana (printed materials
relating to Oberlin College and town or written by Oberlin graduates,
faculty or staff); pamphlets on women; Ohio Congregational Church
records; history of printing (from incunables to modern fine press
editions); Violin Society of America/Goodkind collection (over 2,500
books, journals and ephemera about the making and playing of stringed
instruments and their makers and players); and nineteenth century
travel and exploration.