Posts tagged oberlin college archives
Posts tagged oberlin college archives
"Students tell me I have an awesome job." And he does. As the college archivist, Ken Grossi oversees nearly two hundred years of primary source content in Oberlin’s collections. (via Oberlin College & Conservatory)
A reminder to young activists, as spoken by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during her visit to Oberlin in 1942: make new history, map out the kind of world we want to build, and to feel the responsibility for taking part in reconstruction. (via Oberlin College & Conservatory)
We wish an arm-in-arm walking hug for all our Obies today.
A vintage Tuesday photo for you: the 1963 Oberlin Yeomen Football team is on oberlin.edu today! Six of the seven senior members of the team were present for their 50th reunion at Homecoming this year. (via Oberlin College & Conservatory)
Happy mooooovein in day! We’re highlighting a photograph from the Oberlin College Archives on oberlin.edu today: the welcome cow for the class of 1909. (via Oberlin College & Conservatory)
Perhaps the most visually stimulating record of student life on campus is our poster collection. These student-made posters tell us a lot – they give us not only an idea of past events on campus, some of which would otherwise go undocumented, but they reveal the culture and visual aesthetic of Oberlin students at a given point in time.
Our most recent accession, a collection of 34 silkscreened event posters gifted by Raphael Martin ‘02, does exactly that. During his four years at Oberlin, from 1998 to 2002, Martin collected these posters, most of which were silkscreened by students of Prof. John Pearson. They present a wide range of visual styles and advertise dances, concerts, art openings, parties, film screenings, speakers, and Oberlin’s Big Parade. Only a few duplicate posters already in our collections; together they represent an important cross-section of posters from the turn of the millennium.
I think the “Scotographs” poster is a particularly cool one. The word itself, popping against the blue, leads my eye back in space towards the guitar, which seems to be exploding riffs outwards through the stripes. The whole poster has a loud, screaming sound to it, and if I saw this poster today hanging in the Mudd stairwell today, I’d definitely go check these photos out.
(top photo courtesy of Raphael Martin ‘02)
If you haven’t had a chance yet to come see our “Out of the Box” exhibit, there’s still time! This exhibit is our first to take place in the newly renovated Goodrich Room on the 4th floor of Mudd Library. We’re highlighting some of the cool (and sometimes weird) objects in our collection, like the hats and clubs pictured above. The clubs, especially, are an interesting story. We only had minimal documentation on them until Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Norman Craig stopped by to see the exhibit and, recognizing the clubs, decided to share some of his knowledge with us.
Though we typically think of these as juggling clubs, these are actually what are known as Indian clubs, popular exercise tools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that were used in a variety of swinging routines. In India, larger versions of clubs like these were used by wrestlers to develop strength. The practice was taken up by the British in the Victorian era and then popularized in the U.S. These specific clubs were owned by Fred E. Leonard, a professor of Physical Education at Oberlin from 1888-1922. Werner Bromund, a professor Chemistry from 1937-75, was a Big Ten champion in the Indian clubs routine as a student at the University of Chicago. Bromund would frequently demonstrate his skills with the clubs during Illumination at Oberlin.
If you have a minute, stop by the Archives and check them out!
Oh wow. Sounds like a trip to Archives might be in order!