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Special Collections Department Guide for Student Classes

Historical Collection

OWU Historical Collection

The OWU Historical Collection's purpose is to facilitate research related to the history of the university by acquiring, preserving, and providing supervised access to historically significant materials related to OWU constituents. The historical collection serves the three main user groups described in the OWU Libraries Collection Development Policy: the OWU community; the Delaware, Ohio community; and external researchers. 

What's in the Collection?

  • Artifacts including scrapbooks, portraits, and mementos

  • Building Files containing photographs of and articles about structures currently in use on campus, as well as ones that have been demolished or are no longer owned by the university

  • Faculty and Alumni Publications

  • People Files focused on OWU presidents, faculty, staff, and select alumni

  • Student Departmental Honors Papers

  • Subject Files covering clubs and organizations, special events, and sports 

  • University Publications including yearbooks, alumni magazines, student newspapers, catalogs, and directories 

What isn't in the Collection 

The OWU Historical Collection is not the department of record for official university documents. 


Visiting the Special Collections

The Special Collections Department is located on the second floor of Beeghly Library, adjacent to the Bayley Room. The Reading Room is open from 8:30-Noon, and 1-5, Monday-Friday. Students are highly encouraged to schedule appointments, but “walk-ins” are also welcome.

Contact information for appointments:

  • OWU Historical Collection

Eugene Rutigliano (Curator),, 740-368-3233

  • Rare Books, Manuscripts & Artifacts

Stacy Chaney-Blankenship (Rare Books Librarian),, 740-368-3288

  • Archives of Ohio United Methodism

Sharon Monigold (Archivist),, 740-368-3285