SongWorks for Children


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

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…

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.

Oberlin College: Jorges Luis Borges Collection

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.

Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History

Selch Logo

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.

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.

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.