The Oberlin College Archives has submitted material from 4 archival collections and 2 online projects examining different aspects of civil rights and student activism back to the 1840s. The Oberlin materials provide a unique voice to the project, reflective of its progressive nature as a college historically committed to diversity and inclusiveness. Examples include: the Mary Church Terrell Papers (1884-1953), documenting the life of an educator and activist dedicated to the fight against discrimination on the basis of race and sex; records of the Oberlin Peace Society Collection (1930-1947), documenting the community’s commitment to the study of peace within the international community; and The Oberlin Sanctuary Project, an online project which examines activities at Oberlin related to the Underground Railroad, WWII, and the Kent State shootings, exploring what it means to be a sanctuary campus and community.
Description: Included are materials that relate to student involvement in the Civil Rights movement and human rights, newspaper articles from the Oberlin Review, and materials created or collected by Carl T. Rowan, Oberlin College Class of 1947 and journalist, for his research and writing of articles and books concerning Civil Rights
African American Collections
Mary Church Terrell Papers”The Mary Church Terrell Papers document her life and achievements as a writer, educator, and activist whose work contributed greatly to the fight against discrimination on the basis of race and sex. The collection consists of biographical information, a modest amount of correspondence, documents associated with organizations in which Terrell was involved, legal and financial documents, diaries, printed matter, speeches, and writings” – Oberlin College ArchivesGo To CollectionThe Oberlin Sanctuary Project”The goal of the Oberlin Sanctuary Project is to provide a forum for research, reflection, and discussion of what it means to be a sanctuary campus and community.” – Oberlin College ArchivesGo To CollectionOberlin And Civil RightsThe Oberlin College Archives, in collaboration with Oberlin College students of the 1950s and 1960s and the staff of the Alumni Magazine, is collecting materials to document Oberlin and Activism in this online collection. Included here are materials that relate to student involvement in the Civil Rights movement, newspaper articles from the Oberlin Review, and materials created or collected by Carl T. Rowan, Oberlin College Class of 1947 and journalist, for his research and writing of articles and books concerning Civil Rights. This collection will also hold materials on anti-slavery and anti-war activities by Oberlinians. Begun in 2013, this collection is in progressGo To Collection