Western College Book Collection Edit


WCAA 30 BOOKS 2014-11-21-08
Finding Aid Author
Western Archivist
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 1920-1970 (Creation)


  • 15.00 Items (Whole)
  • 15.00 unknown (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of books donated by alumnae of Western College and other donors.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in chronological order by date.


    Books (Miscellaneous)

    • A London Rose and Other Rhymes. By Ernest Rhys. • The Dirt. By Van Winckel. • The Girl in Jeopardy. By Macqueen. By Marqueen • Irish Minstrelsy. Edited by William Sharp. • Kaisermarsch. By Richard Wagner. • Letters from Mississippi. Edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez. • The Letters of Hannah More. Selected with an Introduction by R. Brimley Johnson. MCMXXVI. • Long Distance. By Aleda Shirley. • Miami Poets. By Percy MacKaye and Ridgely Torrence. • Neither World. By Ralph Angel. (two copies) • Pencillings. By J. Middleton Murray. • Symphonie XV, B dur. By Joseph Haydn • What the Woman Lived, selected letters of Louise Bogan 1920-1970. Edited by Ruth Limmer • Whistling Girl. By Ann Marcus. • Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. By Bruce Watson.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The materials do not circulate and may only be used in the archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright restrictions may apply.  Researchers are required to cite: Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio when materials are used for publication purposes.

  • Preferred Citation

    Western College Books 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

  • Scope and Contents

    Collection consist of monographs on various subjects. Many of the books are related to the history of Western College and womens studies.

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