Western College Peabody Oversized Materials Edit




  • 1848-2002 (Creation)


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

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials pertaining to the Peabody Family History Collection/Oversized Materials

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by item type.

    Peabody Oversized Materials

    Helen Peabody Oversized Materials:

    BOX 1:

    • Helen Peabody’s Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Graduation Certificate, August 3, 1848 • Visuals by Catherine Nye, Miami 2002, Honors History Student and Archives Worker for Two Years, All materials are on Helen Peabody

    o Poster “Helen Peabody” with Photographs of Birthplace home in Newport, New Hampshire; Helen Peabody around 1848; Helen Peabody around 1888; Retirement home in Pasadena, California o Poster “Family” with Photographs of Peabody Family Tree; Helen Peabody and her brother Charles with young members of the Peabody Family; Helen Peabody with her niece, Susan; Letter written to Charles Peabody by his sister, Helen Peabody, dated August 30, 1855 o Poster “Mount Holyoke Seminary” with Photographs of Mount Holyoke Journal Began by Helen Peabody in October 8, 1850 while serving as a teacher; Mount Holyoke Seminary; Helen Peabody and Friend at Mount Holyoke; Helen Peabody’s Miscellaneous Book, written in 1846 o Poster “And the Early Days of Western Female Seminary” with Photographs of Carriage Approach to Seminary; Seminary after 1860 fire; Seminary in 1860; Seminary in 1871; Seminary after 1871 fire

    BOX 2:

    • Original Newspaper 8/23/1860 with Sketch of New Building (Peabody Hall) in 1860 after first fire, Central Christian Herald, Cincinnati, August 23, 1860 [“Western Female Seminary” of particular interest, flipped to inside page]

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.

  • 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.

  • Scope and Contents

    Collection is comprised of certificates and newspapers.

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