Western College Directories Collection Edit




  • 1950-1974 (Creation)


  • 2.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 2 boxes other_unmapped (Whole)
  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of Western College Directories and phone books.

  • Arrangement

    Arrangement: chronological.


    (two boxes)

    BOX 1: Directories

    • Students of the Western Seminary and College, gathered by John H. Thomas, March 1897 • The Western, Oxford, Ohio, Book No. 3, Addresses of girls who may attend 1900 or later. • Unlabeled address book

    BOX 2: Directories

    Folder 1: 1950s

    •Western College Student List 1950-1951 • Western College Directory 1950-1951 (three copies) • Western College for Women Directory 1952-1953 (two copies) • Western College for Women Directory 1953-1954 (two copies) • Western College for Women Directory 1954-1955 • Western College for Women Dierctory 1955-56 • Western College Directory 1956-1957 • Western College Directory 1958-1959 (two copies)

    Folder 2: 1960s

    • Western College for Women College Directory 1961-1962 • Western College for Women College Directory 1962-1963 • Western College for Women College Directory 1963-1964 • Western College for Women College Directory 1964-1965

    Folder 3: 1960s

    • Western College for Women College Directory 1965-1966 • Western College for Women College Directory 1966-1967 • Western College Students List 1967-68 • Western College 1968-9 Directory • Western College 1969-1970 Directory

    Folder 4: 1970s

    • Western College 1970-1971 Directory • The Western College Directory 1971-1972 • The Western College Directory 1972-1973 • The Western College Directory 1973-74

    Folder 5 • List of Telephone Numbers Students in Peabody Hall, 1969-70 • List of Bell, No Date

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research use.  Materials do not circulate and may only be used in the archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright restrictions do not apply. Reseachers are required to cite Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio for use in research.

  • Method of Acquisition

    This collection was organized by the President's Office of Western College.

  • Preferred Citation

    Western College Directories Collection.

  • 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.Note written by Jacky Johnson

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  • Scope and Contents

    Directories and address books created by Western College for Women for students, faculty and staff.

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