Services & Amenities
For the 2020 fall semester, we are only providing in-person access to archival materials to College faculty, students, and staff. Please call (440-775-8014) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the College Archives office for assistance with a research appointment.
In order to best assist you during your visit, please Contact Us to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. We are located on the fourth floor of the Mary Church Terrell Main Library in the Goodrich Room (this is temporarily closed; see Pandemic Policies above). If you are visiting from out of town, take a look at the Visiting Oberlin page for information on accommodations, transportation, and other travel arrangements.
We welcome you to visit the College Archives in the Terrell Main Library, or to contact us by email using our online form. Researchers are welcome to schedule a meeting with an archivist to discuss their research project.
For more information about our reference services, including on-site research visits, please see the Policies section.
Reading Room and Classroom Amenities
The Archives and Terrell Special Collections reading room (Goodrich Room) was renovated in 2012 to provide a new reference desk, research tables, power outlets, data ports, wireless Internet, built-in exhibit cases, custom storage, and a state-of-the art classroom. The Forsythe Classroom was designed as a smart classroom for teaching with primary sources in the two departments. Classroom sessions must be arranged with the College Archivist or the Special Collections Librarian in advance.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning with archival materials is an important part of the mission of the Oberlin College Archives. The Archives staff works closely with faculty and students to provide opportunities to use primary sources for course assignments or individual research projects.
The Class Projects section below provides resources for teaching with archival sources and examples of research or course projects that include materials from the Oberlin College Archives. Please contact the College Archives if you have any questions relating to the use of these materials for research projects, websites, or publications.
Permissions and Reproductions
The College Archives has photocopying facilities and it services photographic requests. For those wishing to use cameras to make copies, permission must be requested. See the Policies section for more information on photographic reproductions.
Exhibits and Outreach
The College Archives prepares annual physical exhibits for the 25th and 50th class reunions at Commencement, and theme exhibits for visiting groups, classes, and special events. A semi-permanent exhibit of objects from our collections is installed in the reading room. A robust program of digital collections and exhibits brings selected collections to life online. Many of these projects were collaborative in nature with faculty members, students, other departments of the library, and the Oberlin Heritage Center.
The College Archivist gives presentations related to Oberlin’s history and the College Archives’ holdings for visiting groups and special events. The Archives staff partners with campus offices and community groups, such as the Oberlin Heritage Center, to provide assistance for outreach programs, exhibits, and special events.