Special Collections Librarian: Denise Monbarren
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Contact: dmonbarren@wooster.edu, Phone: 330-263-2527

Digital Curation Librarian: Catherine Newton
Contact: canewton@wooster.edu, Phone: 330-263-2225


In order to preserve our social and literary history, The College of Wooster Libraries, Wooster, Ohio, have secured rare materials, archival materials, and other unique collections. These materials include first editions of classic texts, signed and inscribed editions of major literary works, examples of fine binding, materials that offer significant historical documentation and the College Archives. Collection strengths include the College Archives (special emphasis on the Independent Study program), British and American history and literature (specializing in 18th century), Theatre, and Women's Studies.

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Buildings & Grounds Collection

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.

Campus Close-up

The Campus Close-Up Collection is a series of video episodes taken at the college that detail academic and extracurricular life at Wooster. The series was created by John Finn, the former Director of Public Information at the College of Wooster. He appears as a host in every episode. At the end of each video is a segment called "Reflections from the President," where President R. Stanton Hales reflects on the subjects and themes of the episode.

Commencement Programs

This is a full collection of the College of Wooster's commencement programs, dating from 1871-2018. 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.

Herbarium Sheets Collection

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. For a map of current trees on campus, please see: Gift & Memorial Trees

Lee Lybarger Collection

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 Papers

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

Mother Home & Heaven

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.

New Student Directories

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."

Presidents Collection

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.

Robert D. Davis World War II Collection

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.

The Howard F. Lowry Addresses

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

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" Student Newspaper Collection

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.