The work of the Oberlin College Libraries extends beyond matching students and faculty with the resources they need for teaching and research.
Our staff use the Libraries' collections to create original scholarship and exhibitions that further tell the story of Oberlin. Explore the following exhibitions, many available online, to learn more about the rich materials and history of Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Electrifying Music Began Here
An exhibit in the Kohl Building on early electronic and electronically-transmitted music by Roderic Knight, Prof. of Ethnomusicology, emeritus.
Kung Hsiang-Hsi 孔祥熙 (1880 – 1967, OC ’06)
Celebrate AAPI heritage month with Chinese artifacts donated by Hsiang-Hsi Kung, 孔祥熙, ’06 in the pop-up exhibits area, Terrell Main Library.
Art in the Archives of Oberlin College
Art in the Archives of Oberlin College showcases historically significant visual works with deep stories informing Oberlin’s rich history.
Popular Protest in Post War Japan: The Antiwar Art of Shikoku Goro
This exhibit explores the vibrant grassroots artistic culture of Hiroshima, known as the atomic bombed city.
Oberlin's Women: A Legacy of Leadership and Activism
An exploration and celebration of the lives and work of Oberlin alumnae, starting with their efforts to achieve the passage of the 19th amendment.
Out of the Box
Out of the Box is a semi-permanent exhibit of historical objects in the Oberlin College Archives reading room. See the exhibition catalogue.
A Storied People
Oral histories of Roma living in NE Ohio and descriptions of Romani or Gypsy music in the George Batyi Collection in the Oberlin Conservatory Library
Peace Posters Dialogue Project
The brainchild of Prof. Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, this site provides a forum for an international exchange of ideas about peace through visual imagery
Mary Church Terrell: An Original Oberlin Activist
Materials from the Oberlin College Archives explore the life and work of renowned educator, writer, lecturer, suffragist, and civil rights leader.
History of Carnegie Library (1908-2008)
A commemoration of the first one hundred years of the Carnegie Library building in Oberlin, Ohio.
The Oberlin Sanctuary Project
The Oberlin Sanctuary Project, with student, faculty, staff and community partners, explores what it means to be a sanctuary campus or community.
Playing the Changes: The Life & Legacy of Milt Hinton
An exhibition on the life and legacy of jazz legend and photographer Milt Hinton, one of the 20th century's most accomplished bass players.
Architecture of Oberlin College
An interactive guide to Oberlin College's architecture and monuments from its founding in 1833 to the present, with detailed historical information.
Virtual exhibit on Oberlin’s namesake, John Frederick Oberlin, featuring College Archives objects, photographs and video.
Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists' Books
Show and Bestow: The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists’ Books. (Philadelphia, PA & Oberlin, OH, Nov. 2009-June 2010)