Western College Development Collection Edit


030 DEV


  • 1940-1958 (Creation)


  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials and publications related to the Office of Develpment at Western College and the activities of the office.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged by various publications.


    Box 1 • Western College Book, 1953 • Western World Vol. II NO.2, December 1957 • Western World Vol. III NO.1, April, 1958 • "Letters from Western" Promotional Material • "Pioneers Again" Promotional Material • "Views, The Western College for Women" Bulletin of the Western College, VOL. III. Oxford, OH, January, 1910. No. 3 • "The Western College" advertising booklet for the upcoming 1972-1973 school year. (2 copies) • "Building Western College" 1940s? • Folder of Material: Committee on Development and Alumnae Affairs, December 10. 1971

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and may be used only in the Western College Memorial Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Researchers are asked to credit Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio when using materials for publication purposes.

  • Preferred Citation

    Western College Development Materials

  • Other Descriptive Information


  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Western College was founded in 1853 as the 'western' representation of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high-quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes at the Western Female Seminary began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1888, Western was moving toward becoming accredited as a College and chose Leila S. McKee, a Wellesley graduate, as the new principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: A College and Seminary for Women;" in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." For the next fifty years, Western remained a general liberal arts college, primarily under the presidency of William W. Boyd. With the arrival of President Herrick B. Young in 1954, an international focus began. Many international students and faculty were recruited, international travel seminars were instituted, and a global emphasis was added to the curriculum. In 1970, an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education called "Freedom with Responsibility" was initiated under the leadership of President William C. Spencer. Another new direction was the decision in 1971 to admit men. Faced with major financial difficulties, Western College closed in 1974 and the physical facilities merged with Miami University.

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  • Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of various publications and promotional materials about the colleges development at Western College for Women.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Western Archivist.

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