BLOG — Yellowpedia: Antiochiana
- Published: November 20, 2012
I’m proud to present my first entry in Yellowpedia: a regular blog dedicated to documenting the cultural and natural history of Yellow Springs, while also covering current events and trends. My goal is to provide you with an ongoing “visual encyclopedia” of the town we live in. I hope that you’ll find the content of this blog both mentally and emotionally engaging, and that it inspires you to connect with the community. Enjoy!
To prove I’m the man for the job, here’s a brief and informal resume – I’m a Yellow Springs resident who has spent the most formative years of my life being shaped by this community and all the opportunities it has to offer. I went on to receive a degree in history from Kenyon College, a school with a strong sense of community and a reputation for strengthening writing skills and encouraging a liberal arts education. When I returned to my hometown, I began a working relationship with the Yellow Springs News as a contributing photographer (you may have enjoyed my “Weekly Wildlife” nature post). I’m confident that this experience will give me the skills necessary to keep this blog interesting for you as long as I keep it going.
Today’s entry is on the Antioch College archives, or as it’s affectionately named, “Antiochiana” (“of Antioch” in Greek). According to the Antioch College website: Antiochiana began simply as a collection of historical artifacts gathered by college librarian Bessie Totten, class of 1900, who served the college for 41 years. It’s currently managed by archivist Scott Sanders, who, while not an Antioch graduate, has been an expert on everything Antiochian since he began his position as archivist in 1994. The collection includes the papers of former Antioch presidents Horace Mann and Arthur Morgan, in addition to many documents that cover important social topics such as slavery and women’s rights.
I may be biased because of my personal interest in history, but I think one of the greatest privileges a human being can have is the freedom to access the past and learn about the people and events that have contributed to shaping the world we live in today. I’ve always enjoyed the experience of letting my mind drift back hundreds of years to try to imagine what life was like in another time (I tend to daydream a lot). If I’m lucky, it gives me a much healthier perspective of my life today and the things I have that I should be grateful for.
Happily, the Antioch archives are free and open to the public as long as you make arrangements in advance. If you just have a general interest in history and would like to browse the archive material, or need to do some serious research for professional work, feel free to contact Scott Sanders via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 937-286-5534.
I would like to add a special thank you to Mr. Sanders for giving me a tour of the archives, and for making this post possible.
Update: I forgot to thank Travis Hotaling for originally suggesting an idea that, while I was unable to specifically pursue, eventually led me to this topic.