The University Archives is the memory center for Denison’s history. The Archives holds photographs, papers, letters, student scrapbooks, departmental files, faculty research, and more. These items collectively tell the story of Denison’s past in order to help inform its present and future. Browse the finding aids HERE.
All of the materials in the University Archives are categorized into the following Record Groups:
1. The University
2. Board of Trustees
3. The Presidents
7. Religious Life
9. Student Services
10. University Relations, Development, and Alumni Affairs
11. Finance and Management
12. Academic Departments and Special Programs
14. Student Life and Organizations
19. Affiliiated Organizations
20. Granville Female Seminary (1833-1860)
21. Young Ladies Institute (1859-1887)
22. Shepardson College (1887-1900)
23. Doane Academy (1892-1927)
28. Granville Female Academy / College (1834-1898)
30. Granville area
P&B Publications & Biographical Files
PP Personal Papers (Faculty and Alumni)
Most of the documents in the University Archives are papers, such as letters, manuscripts, press clippings, and more. However, we also hold a variety of other formats and we use special codes in our call numbers to help us identify them:
- Books (12)
- Lantern Slides & Glass Negatives (42)
- Proposals (47)
- Objects (61)
- Video tape: VHS, Beta, etc. (88)
- Photographs and Portraits (90)
- Diplomas and Certificates (91)
- Blueprints and Charts (93)
- Scrapbooks (94)
- Audio tape: Cassettes, etc. (95)
- Audio Records (96)
- Films and Slides (97)
- Microfilm (98)
- Oversized (99)
You can browse our online finding aids here.
The Library’s Special Collections hold a variety of rare, collectible, unusual, and fragile books. It includes medieval manuscripts, artists books, limited edition classics, sheet music, Bibles, and more. The Denisoniana collection contains books written about and published by Denison University, its faculty, and its alumni.
Just a few of our special collections:
The Denison University Archives & Special Collections is charged with maintaining the historical records of the college to tell the story of the institution and its community. As such, we maintain records and descriptions of items that may be harmful or difficult to view.
Some examples of items that may be harmful include:
How is the Archives working to address this problem?
We welcome further discussion about these aspects of Denison’s history in an effort to learn from our past, rather than hide from it. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Denison Libraries, 100 W College, Granville, Ohio 43023 Phone: 740-587-6235, email: firstname.lastname@example.org In order to view PDF documents, you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer