The College of Wooster Buildings and Grounds digital collection contains images of buildings and grounds that are associated with the College of Wooster or the city of Wooster. Sub-collections include the College of Wooster Lantern Slide collection and the College of Wooster Postcard collection.
These films were recorded in the 1990s on Wooster's campus. In this series, College of Wooster staff, faculty, and students discuss their work.
This is a collection of digitized documents about Campus Council going back to its founding in 1969. The collection includes policy recommendations, memorandums, and budget reports. Campus Council is a representative governing body of students, staff, faculty, and administrators at the College of Wooster. Council reviews, writes, and approves policies that govern the Wooster student body, authorizes charters for student organizations, and oversees the annual process for allocating the student activities fee. Furthermore, Campus Council has the power to make unlimited recommendations to the President of the College, the Board of Trustees, officers of the College, and campus organizations or committees. This collection began in 2019 in celebration of the organization’s 50 years anniversary. For current updates about Campus Council, please see the Campus Council page on the College website.
This is a full collection of the College of Wooster's commencement programs, dating from 1871-2019. Of note are the honorary speakers, commencement address titles, and schedules of events, as well as the lists of graduates. For more information on the history of graduation and commencement ceremonies at the College of Wooster, please contact Special Collections.
The Galpin Takeover and Call In Collection highlights the history of the 1989 Galpin Takeover and, separately, the 2018 Galpin Call In. Both events were student-led protests responding to the inequitable treatment of marginalized groups on campus.
The Galpin Takeover of 1989 took place after a series of racially based incidents against black students occurred at the College of Wooster. Students protested, in particular, the institution's lack of response after a campus security officer suggested a black student be lynched. On April 1st 1989, over 200 Wooster students gathered in Lowry Center. Two weeks later, four students broke into Galpin hall in response to the College’s lack of structural and administrative support for its black students and took over the building in what became known as the “Galpin Takeover.” The students laid out eleven demands, five of which were the driving forces behind the students’ movement. They demanded that the College do the following:
1. Divest in companies with ties to South Africa 2. Provide a competitive salary for the Minority Admissions Counselor 3. Add a black counselor/psychologist to the counseling staff 4. Increase space for the Director of Black Student Affairs 5. Express administrative support of a black studies requirement
Almost 30 years later, in the spring semester of 2018, roughly 300 students sat in Galpin Hall to protest the inadequacies of administrative support of minority groups.
Please note that this collection is in process and is being actively built.
The Herbarium Sheets Collection was created and donated by Mary Ronsheim while she was a student at the College of Wooster in 1950. The sheets contain leaves collected on the College of Wooster campus and at nearby locations in the community. This collection will be of particular interest to those interested in regional history and dendrology.
This is a collection of digitized images from the personal slide collection of Lee Lybarger, class of 1956. Highlights from the collection include images of College traditions and celebrations, such as Homecoming, historic shots of campus, and images of sports and recreation. Other students attending the college during the mid-50's are depicted, and often named, in the collection.
Mary Behner Christopher was born in Xenia, Ohio in 1906 to a Presbyterian minister. She attended the College of Wooster between the years 1924-1928. Her letters talk about life at the College of Wooster in the mid 1920s. She discusses student activities, current events, courses she took, and her goal to become a missionary. Behner was highly devoted to religious life activities, such as the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, Y.W.C.A., and Christian Endeavor Society, but also enjoyed singing, Women's Debate Club, and various athletics. She graduated with a History major in 1928.
After graduation, she accepted a job in West Virginia as a missionary for the Presbyterian church. She worked in Scott’s Run, the coal mining community outside of Morgantown, until her marriage to David Christopher in 1937. Behner remained in Morgantown for the rest of her life, passing away on March 15, 1988. Her diaries and photos from her time in Scott’s Run were donated to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. These letters from Mary Behner’s time at the College of Wooster were donated by her daughter, Elizabeth Burger, in the fall of 2011. The letters are housed in the College of Wooster's Special Collections
Aimed primarily at women, this is a monograph collection of popular advice literature. Books cover topics from cooking and cleaning to marriage and birth control. Many of the titles are manuals that offer guidelines for self-improvement. The collection demonstrates how self-improvement advice has been redefined to meet the needs of popular culture.
The Victorian notion of the woman as the "Angel in the House" is well-represented, with many of the texts proposing that every young woman should be prepared to be the guardian of her home and to provide heaven on earth for her family. Later imprints document the change in social constructs.
The original collection consists of approximately 800 titles that were collected by Harrison Hayford. In 1990, his wife, Josephine Wishart Hayford (Class of 1937), donated the bulk of the collection in honor of her mother, Josephine Long Wishart, wife of President Charles F. Wishart. This collection is currently in progress and is being added to by Digital Collections staff.
The New Student Directories were a yearly publication from the years 1948 to 2004. These directories consist of photographs of individuals from the first-year class along with some basic information including their name, the high school they attended, hometown, major, and activities they are involved in. The directories also contain photographs of the new faculty members with their names, and the department they were joining. Historically these New Student Directories have been known as "Freshman Books" and "Baby Books."
This collection includes photographs, speeches, and inaugural addresses from the college's presidents. These materials have been digitized from a larger, analog collection that is housed in The College of Wooster Special Collections.
The Robert D. Davis World War II Collection is a collection of correspondence about, from, and to Robert D. Davis (June 2, 1922 - March 3, 2012) Davis served as a rifleman and interpreter during World War II. These materials provide a soldier's personal insights and reflections on the war. Davis went on to make a full-time career of military service. His boyhood diary and the letters trace the trajectory of his path from a naive young man through his time in the service and his work as a diplomat. At the end of his career, he moved to Wooster where, as a member of both The College of Wooster campus community, he was involved with the Great Decisions Lecture Series. All digitized materials were property of the estate of Robert D. Davis. His daughter, Ruth Brown (donor), gave permission for the materials to be digitized and used for research purposes. They are available as open access. Special Collections received this collection in February 2013.
Students who attended The College of Wooster during the Lowry years have often shared their memories of sitting in the old Memorial Chapel to hear President Lowry’s famous “Chapel Talks.”While The College of Wooster Archives Collection does include many typed drafts and transcripts of his speeches, the collection also includes many of his scribbled notes for such talks, often consisting of no more than a few quotes taken from his favorite works of literature. He would use these touchstones to link the fiction that he embraced to the reality of current events. The following audio files span the later Lowry years, 1959-1967, with the last chapel talk dating just months before his death on July 4, 1967.
The Index is The College of Wooster yearbook. Since 1874, the Index has been producing an annual archive of the student experience at the College. With the support of the College, the yearbook is produced and made available for current students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and Special Collections. Digital Collections is continuing to digitize past editions of the Index and will add them to the collection as they are available.
The Voice collection showcases the College of Wooster's student newspaper, which chronicles the news and human interest stories from the College of Wooster campus and the larger community. The Wooster Voice is a student-run publication and is one of the oldest student newspapers in America. This archive includes papers from the late 19th century through mid-2011.
For more current issues of the Wooster Voice, please see http://thewoostervoice.spaces.wooster.edu/. Should you wish to see these newspapers in the context of the Five Colleges of Ohio newspapers, please see the collection located here.
Please note that this collection is currently in process and Digital Collections is actively adding to it. We appreciate your patience during this process.
Wooster magazine is currently published in the fall, winter, and spring by The College of Wooster for alumni and friends. The publication showcases alumni, students, and faculty of the College, and provides an opportunity for alumni and other audiences to engage in college news, events, and development. Founded in 1886 as The Post Graduate and Wooster Quarterly and later known as the Wooster Alumni Bulletin, the publication finally settled on the name Wooster in the late 1960s. Printed copies of recent issues of the magazine and past editions are available in Special Collections at The College of Wooster Libraries. Digital Collections is continuing to digitize past issues and will add them to the collection as they become available. All photo and text copyrights are retained by The College of Wooster.