GIS Photographic Archive

This georeferenced database of archived photographs collected during field studies chronicles environmental change in the Wooster, Ohio region, helping to answer questions such as: Why are streams dramatically cutting into the stream beds and banks? How fast do boulders move down a stream? These photos are available online at the GIS Photographic Archive.

Knox County Black History Archives


Knox County, Ohio has been home to Black residents from the earliest days of settlement of the region by non-indigenous persons. As a consequence of their small numbers, the history of Black folks of the area was largely over-looked, if not outright ignored, by the mainstream press, academicians, and local historians. Although living and working closely with their White neighbors, the Black community, forced by custom and convention and inspired by other “colored” people living in communities both large and small, built parallel, albeit segregated, institutions to meet their social, economic, and spiritual needs. The establishment of these archives was intended to open a window into the fascinating world of African American life and experience in rural Ohio as well as advance the reclamation of the proud histories of the invisible people who occupied “the community within.”

Looking Back, Looking Forward


Looking Back, Looking Forward documents the founding of the Women’s Studies program at Denison University. This digital collection contains materials from both Women’s Studies departmental files and from the University Archives. The development of a Women’s Studies program illustrates social change within the academy during a dynamic period in American higher education.

Farmer Oral History Collection

Farmer Oral History Logo

For this documentary project, students in a course entitled Innovations in Agroecology planned and recorded oral interviews of local farmers, gaining first-hand knowledge of their farm operations and their lives in farming.

SongWorks for Children


Oberlin Conservatory Professor of Music Education, Peggy Bennett discusses her unique SongWorks video archive of children making music.

Gullah Digital Archive


The Kenyon Gullah Digital Archive collects the oral histories of Gullah people who live and work on St. Helena. A team of public school teachers from Cleveland, Ohio working with two professors from Kenyon College, conducted the interviews in the summer of 2011. The residents of St. Helena welcomed these teachers into their homes, places of work, and their churches. While the archive is a work in progress, it offers a unique window in the history and culture of a unique people.

Photographs of the American Southwest

This collection consists of eighty-three photographs taken in the American South West by American photographers (John K. Hillers, W. A. White, J.N. Furlong and others) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Subjects range from portraits of American Indians, their dwellings and artifacts, schools and villages to views of railroads, mining operations, cities, and natural landscapes.

History of Fashion Collection- Denison


The History of Fashion is a teaching and learning tool that provides access to over 350 garments and accessories from 1830 through the 20th Century. Students in Costume Design and History of Fashion courses will provide additional descriptive information to these items over time.

Faculty and Digital Projects

This poster explains how librarians work with faculty individually to create mini-grant applications. These mini-grants describe how the projects will be used in the curriculum, how students will contribute or benefit from the collection, and what types of technology will be needed to generate a successful collection.

Students and Digital Projects

This digital poster describes the roles of students in the Next Generation Library Grant.

Contextualizing Objects in the Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection

Gilbertese sword

For the spring 2013 session of Anthropology 456, Seminar in Culture Contact and Colonialism, Professor Amy Margaris gave her students a choice between writing a traditional research paper or using OMEKA to design and create a group exhibit that would explore some of the theoretical issues surrounding culture contact and colonialism. Five students took the challenge. The result is Contextualizing Objects in the Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection an engaging production that will serve as a foundation for future students to build on.

Gilbertese sword

Siamese drill

Small folded mat

Zulu Necklace

Artists’ Books from 1960 to 2000

Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled 1998: (On the Road with Jiew, Jeaw, Jieb, Sri, and Moo)

How has art changed since 1960?

Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled 1998: (On the Road with Jiew, Jeaw, Jieb, Sri, and Moo)

Andrea Fraser’s Woman 1/ Madonna and Child 1506-1967

Sol LeWitt’s Lines & Color (1975)

The Anti-Warhol Museum: proposals for the socially responsible disposal of Warholia


In researching this topic Oberlin College Professor Sarah Hammil’s Arts 306 students found that  “artists working after 1965 used the inexpensive, reproducible format of the book–and in some cases the magazine page –as an integral component of their art.”  Read more…