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.

Oberlin College Paleontology Collection

This collection, still in progress, will document over 9000 specimens held by the Oberlin College Geology Department.  Student researchers are continually adding taxonomic data and new images to the collection.

Artist’s Books

Robert Smithson. Torn Photograph from the Second Stop (Rubble): Second Mountain of Six Stops on a Section (1970)

This collection, still in process, will offer a reader’s experience of viewing selected books by artists from the Oberlin College Art Library Special Collections.

Local Project Proposals

This page lists all the faculty projects accepted as part of the Next Genreation Library grant and tracks their progress.

Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History

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The items in this collection represent a small portion of the visual materials (paintings, drawings, prints; photographs and tintypes; correspondence; posters, playbills, and other ephemera) from the Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History. These images date from the early 16th through the late 20th centuries. They depict the history, design and use of musical instruments and all manner of musical performance.

Mega Metadata Spreadsheet

The Mega Metadata Spreadsheet is a database of all the metadata schema and elements used by The Five Colleges of Ohio in their digital collections. This database allows comparison of elements used and can assist in developing best practices.

Denison University Homestead


In 1977, a group of students and Dr. Bob Alrutz, a biology professor at Denison, began an experiment. Their mission was to create an agriculturally based self-reliant democratic community. The land would serve as the experiment station; and they would test environmentally sound materials, agricultural and living practices. Faculty and students worked together doing research and building. Homesteaders initiated seminar projects with a variety of teachers including Dr. Alrutz and Dr. Paul Bennett. The original founders built three cabins to house twelve students, with the expectation that those cabins would come down and new ones would be built about every three to five years.

Shansi: Oberlin and Asia

This collection documents the activity of Oberlinians in Asia from the 1880s to the 1950s. This teaching and research collection contains materials from the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Records and personal paper collections that relate to the work of missionaries and Shansi Representatives in China and as well as other countries.

Medieval Manuscripts


The Medieval Manuscript collection is designed to showcase a range of texts and images over centuries of transmission, illustrating the art of the manuscript during the period of its greatest development and influence. Together, these images exemplify the cultural and historical contexts of literacy in the medieval period.

Oberlin SHARES

This website lists Oberlin College faculty and staff publications, presentations, performances, and creations. Full texts and other digital formats are made available whenever possible. Peer-reviewed, scholarly articles are included in accordance with the November 2009 Open Access resolution of the Oberlin College General Faculty.

Denison Campus Scholarship


Denison’s campus scholarship consists of scholarly articles, student and faculty journals, student theses, and creative works from the Denison University community. This collection reflects the depth and breadth of intellectual curiosity on campus since 1900.

Denison University Herbarium


This project aims to catalog and digitize all of the specimens collected over nearly 150 years in our collection. The earliest specimens in our herbarium date from the mid to late 1800s. During that time, collecting and pressing plants was a serious hobby for many people, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to preserve their specimens.