Oberlin College

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.

Oberlin Collections


Image: Midwest Asian American Student Conference, 1988

Collection: Oberlin and Civil Rights (Online Digital Collection)

Dates: 1950s-1980s

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

Url: http://cdm15963.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15963coll16