Western College Alumnae Photograph Index Collection Edit




  • 1853-1974 (Creation)
  • 1953-1974 (Creation)


  • 1.00 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 1 scrapbook other_unmapped (Whole)
  • 1.00 Items (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials relating to Western College from 1853 to 1974.

  • Arrangement

    Photographs arranged I. Western Campus; II. Classes; III. Deans; IV. Events; V. Faculty; VI. Peabody Hall; VII. Presidents and Principals; VIII. Trustees; IX.Various Photographs.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Western College Memorial Archives.

  • Preferred Citation

    Cite as: Western Alumni Photograph Index, Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • Other Descriptive Information


  • Biographical or Historical Information

    The photographic collection documents various activities and traditions of the college’s students, faculty and staff at Western College. The collection focuses on subjects such as the Western campus, classes, deans, events, Peabody Hall, presidents and principals, trustees and various photographs from the seminaries infancy to its to development to a college. 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.

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  • Scope and Contents

    Photographs of Western College from its founding in 1853 to the merger of Western College with Miami University in 1974.

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Archivist, Western College Memorial Archives

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