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

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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.

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.

Digitizing and Documenting the Production and Testing of FILTRON Clay Water Filters for the Potters For Peace Initiative

Potters for Peace is a non-profit, US-based organization that includes potters, educators, and volunteers who work together to craft clay filters to purify water that is safe for human consumption. The initiative to introduce the Potters for Peace organization to the OWU community began in 2009 with a project workshop co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Department and the Chaplain’s Office. During the workshop, Peter Chartrand, Potters for Peace Brigade Director, shared his knowledge and field experience of numerous years in service as a Potter For Peace. In addition, he presented OWU students with the organization’s mission statement, goals, and objectives and encouraged OWU to begin making and testing filters out of various formulae of Red Art, the most common red clay in North America.

Geological Photographs

This collection of photos depicts natural features and the human impact on environments around the world.  A subset of 500 images in this collection have detailed location information plotted on Google Maps.

King-Crane Commission

During the summer of 1919, a delegation under the leadership of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King and Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane travelled to areas of the former Ottoman territories. Their mission was to determine the wishes of the people of the region as their future was being determined by the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference. The King-Crane Commission, as it became known, met delegations and invited written petitions from various religious and political groups. This digital collection unifies the archival records of Commission members for the first time. It also includes resources on conducting research in the collection.

Media and Politics TV ads

Mass media has a tremendous effect on politics in the United States. Effectively communicating a political message can mean the difference between winning and losing an election. Students in the Media and Politics, taught by Assistant Professor of Political Science, Angela Bos, worked in teams to develop a communication plan for an Ohio candidate. Based on course readings and class research, the teams drafted a memo and created a political ad.

Auxin Transport During Gravitropism and Phototropism using a GFP-based Biosensor

Plants are extremely sensitive to their environment, able to detect and respond to such stimuli as gravity, touch, light, moisture, and nutrient gradients. One of the most common outcomes upon sensing a stimulus is for the plant to undergo differential growth either toward or away from the stimulus. Growth responses toward or away from stimuli are known as tropisms. Plant tropisms have been the object of scientific study for over 200 years, with each successive generation of researcher applying current state-of-the-art technologies and approaches to further our understanding of the mechanisms responsible for growth regulation. Research on tropisms provides a point of integration today among the fields of cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biophysics, biochemistry, and physiology.

Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection

The roughly 1600 ethnographic objects comprising this database represent cultures of Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North America. They were collected during the late 19th and early 20th centuries primarily by alumni of Oberlin College who served as missionaries and teachers abroad. The objects, which their collectors perceived largely as souvenirs, mementos, and trophies of conversion, were donated to the former Oberlin College Museum.