As this weekend many of my friends will be heading down to our alma mater for reunion, I thought it would be a good time to look over some web resources on Oberlin history. This year is the college and town’s 175th birthday, and as the first college in the country to graduate women and African-Americans, as well as a center of social justice politics, Oberlin has had an important place in American history.
The college has a 175th portal with a few timelines: the college timeline stops at 1850, so it’s not super useful at the moment. The college president timeline is pretty nice, with a readable but not flashy interface. An alumni-led effort, the Oberlin LGBT Community History Project, is a great online oral history repository. The college library has a fascinating (well, I think it’s fascinating) article on library cataloguing at the college (note the brief mention of Cutter!) as well as digitized college and town publications. The college archives have a huge wealth of resources on college and community history, a contentdm database of archives objects, and a bibliography of material on Oberlin history. The Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization also collects local history and the Electronic Oberlin Group has web exhibits. Happy 175th and happy reunion!