The Oberlin File consists of historical material received piecemeal
and from sources that do not fit into existing groups. The contents
of these files lack organic relationships except in the broadest
sense, and they run the gamut from manuscripts to printed or otherwise
duplicated materials. Included are letters, essays, poetry, notes,
memoranda, legal documents, articles, speeches, recollections, clippings,
tracts, reports, and drawings.
Scope and Content Note
The Oberlin File is a disparate collection whose contents include
genealogical records and family histories, letters, lectures and
addresses, miscellany, newspapers and periodicals, deeds and other
legal documents, writings by Oberlinians, and writings about Oberlin.
For example, an 1834 field survey of Oberlin is located with the
deeds and other legal and historical documents. Writings by Oberlinians
include The Swamp That Was Different: A Brief History of Oberlin
Land-Use (1985) and Talcott Attic History (1991). Writings
about Oberlin include A Patchwork Guide to Oberlin: The Oberlin
Quilt (1976) and A Spacious, Commodious and Comfortable Place
to Speak: Charles G. Finneys Revolution in Church Architecture
(1994). The researcher seeking information on Oberlins built environment
is advised to view the full alphabetical listing of items in this
group of Oberliniana because these files contain references to land
deeds, buildings, and so forth. An in-house index is available.