During the last several years the College Archives has been sending reel-to-reel recordings of speaker presentations at the College to Safe Sound, a company specializing in media migration. The Richard R. Hallock Foundation provided a grant for the project in 2008-09. Additional funds were drawn from a special endowment, the Hunt Preservation Fund, established in 2007 to enable the Oberlin College Archives to undertake preservation, conservation and digital access projects for artworks, recordings, photographs, and other objects in need of treatment, stabilization and/or migration to new media. In 2008-09, recordings of 115 events spanning 1958 to 1983 were copied to 131 CDs for user access. See the Office of Communications (RG 18) finding guide for an inventory of the titles and dates of these recorded presentations.
In 2010 the following recorded speakers and events were transferred, and are now available for research:
Affirmative Action (panel, 1983)
Anti-Apartheid Events (1987)
Judith Becker (1975)
Ann Binyon (1978)
Marilyn Horne (interview, 1978)
William P. Malm (1975)
Oberlin and Black Education (panel, 1982)
Oberlin at Wooster (football game, 1996)
Donald J. Pease (interview, 1971)
Gloria Steinem (1982)
Recorded speakers and events transferred in 2008-09, now available for research:
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Venturi Addition Dedication
Alumni Sesquicentennial Symposium
Mario di Bonaventura
Robert McAfee Brown
Robert K. Carr
Kenneth B. Clark
Kathleen (Eldridge) Cleaver
William Sloan Coffin, Jr.
Commencement Symposium on Student Unrest
Education Commission Special Assembly
Education Facilities Laboratories Conference
Robert W. Fuller
John Kenneth Galbraith
Ellen H. E. Johnson
John F. Kennedy Memorial Service
King Building Dedication
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
Henry A. Kissinger
John W. Kurtz
Edward L. Long
Donald M. Love
George S. May
Albert J. McQueen
Robert K. Merton
N. Scott Momaday
C. Wright Morris
Mudd Library Groundbreaking
Robert E. Neil
Edwin O. Reischauer
Wallace E. Stegner
William E. Stevenson
Janet McKelvey Swift
Vietnam Assembly & Moratorium Panel
Harrison A. Williams Jr.
Olly W. Wilson, Jr.
David P. Young
At Oberlin's 132nd graduation exercises (1965), Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Commencement Address and received an honorary doctorate.
John Cage spoke on "James Joyce, Marcel Duchamps and Erik Satie: An Alphabet" on April 16th, 1983.
Margaret Mead gave the Assembly talk "The Role of the College-Educated Woman in Today's Society" on October 10th, 1963.
Oberlin Professor Wolfgang Stechow spoke on "Humanities and Science: Cold War or Alliance?" on May 17th, 1962.
Photographs from the collections of the Oberlin College Archives; all rights reserved.