Western History Edit


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  • 1904-1911 (Creation)


  • 4.00 Items (Whole)
  • 1.00 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of material related to the history of Western College.

  • Arrangement

    The Western Spirit Stems From Its 'Family' (2 pages) Covert, William Chalmers. The Continent- "Forward to Its Greater Destiny- Something of the Inspiring History and Justifiable Hopes of The Western College for Women. 10-19-1911 (4 pages) Nangle, Eleanor. "Youth on the Campus." A picture story of activities at Western College appears in today's Picture section. Williamson, Oliver R. -The Interior: The Western and Its Ideals, A College at Work for Womanhood June 23, 1904. Pages 818-823 (5 pages)

  • Conditions Governing Access

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

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  • 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

    Comprised of stories, picture stories, historial books stemming from Western College History.

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