Oberlin College ("Collegiate Institute" before 1850)
has a rich history and, as a consequence, it is the subject for
a great deal of historical writing. Although this bibliographical
research tool makes no claim to include every book and article containing
reference to Oberlin College, readers will find the core literature
on the history of Oberlin reported here. Readers may also want to
consult the index (name and subject) to the Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
which is presently maintained by the Department
of Special Collections.
Entries selected for this bibliography were compiled by the first
archivist, William E. Bigglestone, between 1974 and 1985, and by
the second archivist, Roland M. Baumann, between 1987 and 1992.
According to Bigglestone, the bibliography on the history of Oberlin
was initiated in 1974 "in order to help researchers and save...[staff]
time." During the last five years of compilation, the concept
of selection remained largely the same, even though one-third of
the entries were added during that time. In preparation for publication,
however, the bibliography was altered in two important ways to make
it more useful. First, categories were established to organize the
entries. Second, a name and subject index was added to improve researchers'
access to parts of that history.
The compiler wishes to offer grateful acknowledgement to William
E. Bigglestone for his large role in developing the initial list
of bibliographical titles; to departmental assistants Maretta "Peg"
Van Ausdale, Christine Monroe, Anne Pearson, and Patricia Delewski
for entering the titles in the word processor; to Patricia Delewski
for typing the final manuscript; to Mary Cowles for proofreading
the entries; and to Anne C. Paine, publications editor of Oberlin
College, and to D. Mark Gabel, graphic designer at Oberlin College,
for providing assistance in preparing the manuscript and mechanicals
for the printer.
Finally, special thanks to the friends of Gertrude F. Jacob, who
made possible the endowment fund bearing her name that provided
the funds to publish this bibliography.
Roland M. Baumann
Archivist and Adjunct Professor of History
March 18, 1992