Western College Buildings, Floorplans Edit




  • 1933-1973 (Creation)


  • 0.00 unknown (Whole)
  • 24.00 Items (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of buildings and floorplans.

  • Arrangement

    Western College Buildings, Floor Plans Original Floor Plan Tracings on Tissue:

    o Clossen Hospital o The Lodge o Mary Lyon o Chapel o Alumnae Hall o Hillside o Garage, Plumbing, Carpenter o Gymnasium o Heating Plant o Peabody o McKee

    Alumnae Hall Library, 2 Floor Plans, 1933 Plat of Western College Properties, August 10, 1973 Alumnae Hall Heating System, 4 Floor Plans, 1966 Alumnae Hall Office Additions, 4 Floor Plans Thomson Hall: Dabney and Brent Wings, 3 Floor Plans, August 1973 3 floorplan books of Western Buildings

    Blueprints: Western College Driveway Entrance, Nov. 29, 1938 by Charles Cellarius Western Female Seminary- Heating Plan, Sept. 26, 1981 Juniper Hill, Dec. 1956 Plat of Western College Properties, 10/16/1983 Science Building, 7/27/1945

  • Conditions Governing Access

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

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright restrictions may apply.

  • Preferred Citation

    Miami University Libraries. Western College Memorial Archives, Oxford, Ohio

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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.

  • Scope and Contents

    Collection is comprised of floorplans of buildings on the Western College campus.

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