Digital Collections @ MU

Miami History Digital Archive
The Digital Archive is an online collection of primary resources documenting the history of Miami University from it's founding to the present and is part of the Libraries' efforts to celebrate the Bicentennial Celebration of the University
Miami University Libraries Digital Collection Program
Additional information and featured collections from the Miami University Libraries Digital Collections Program.

Miami and Oxford Local History

African-Americans at Miami
African Americans at Miami provides a documentary history of African Americans at Miami using newspaper articles, photographs, and other media.
History of Women at Miami University
Transcription of a speech given by Dr. Phillip Shriver on 3/5/96
Miami Mysteries and Ghost Stories
Mysterious happenings-- deaths, disappearances, and ghosts-- associated with Miami University.
Mississippi Freedom Summer Digital Collection
The Freedom Summer digital collection provides an opportunity to learn more about this milestone in the history of the nation regardless of geographical proximity to Miami.
The Miami Years: 1809-1984 by Walter Havighurst
A history of Miami University by the late professor Walter Havighurst. Includes time periods and photographs.
The Frank Snyder Photograph Collection
Frank R. Snyder was probably the leading Oxford, Ohio, photographer during the early twentieth century. He also worked for Miami University during this period, taking many of the photographs that were used in University publications. After his death in 1958, his son Frank King Snyder and daughter-in-law Lois gave the surviving collection of over 4000 Frank R. Snyder negatives to Miami University. In addition to providing a pictorial record of the community and citizens of Oxford, Ohio, the Snyder Collection chronicles buildings, organizations, students, and events at Miami University; Oxford College, which merged with Miami in 1928; and Western College, which merged with Miami in 1973. The Collection spans the years from 1897 to 1955, with the bulk dating from between 1900 and 1930.
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Western Roundup Student Newspaper
Collection of the student newspapers published by the Western College. Includes the Question Mark and the Western Roundup
William Holmes McGuffey at Miami
The McGuffey Papers digital collection consist primarily of correspondence sent or received by William Holmes McGuffey between 1826 and 1873, although dates extend from 1814 to 1932.

Digital Collections at Miami University

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University
The Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University (CPBD@MU) is a bibliography for designing literature-based thematic units for all disciplines, including health education.
Climate Resources
Selected Climate Data from the U.S. Government prepared by the Liraries' Government Information and Law Department
Electronic Data Center
The Electronic Data Center provides access to a growing body of statistical data sets.
Geographic Information Center
The Geographic Information Service is designed to meet the information needs of Miami faculty, staff, and students by acquiring and providing access to geographic data and software, providing instruction and assistance in its use, and creating facilities that allow for the innovative use of GIS technology to solve real problems.
Girls Voices Literature Database
A database to connect readers with high quality children’s and young adult literature, fiction and nonfiction, that portrays female characters as strong, intelligent individuals who make positive choices for living emotionally healthy lives.
Matthew Prior Project
This database presents a calendar of nearly 3000 letters by and to Matthew Prior, British poet and diplomat (1664-1721).
Miami Stories Oral History Project
Coordinated by the University Archives, Miami Stories invites groups of people with common experiences—current and former students, faculty, and staff--as well as friends of University, to offer recollections of their Miami years and to hear reminiscences of those who shared them. A University Bicentennial Legacy Project that began in 2005, Miami Stories are recorded and stored in digital video formats so that future generations may enjoy and study them, and scholars may have ready access to a variety of perspectives on the past.
Native American Women Playwright Archive
The Native American Women Playwrights Archive is a collection of original materials by Native women playwrights of the Americas. NAWPA hopes to identify playwrights, collect and preserve their work, try to make it widely known, and encourage performances and continued creativity.
Victorian Trade Cards Collection
The Charles and Laura Dohm Shields Trade Card Collection is housed in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library at Miami University. Donated in 1987 by Charles Dohm Shields the collection contains several thousand advertising trade cards dating from the late 19th and early 20th Century. The collection was started by Charles's mother Laura Dohm Shields.
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Women in Science Project
This collection provides full text access to the written works of European women scientists prior to 1800 beginning with the works of the marquise Du Chatelet.

Historical Documents

Miami March Song
Old Miami (Alma Mater Song)

Online Exhibits

25 Years of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Miami University
During the 1999-2000 academic year the Athletic Department was pleased to recognize the impact of women's intercollegiate athletics at Miami University.
History of the Penrose Tiling - Bachelor Hall
The tiling was installed in 1979 and is believed to be the first Penrose tiling incorporated in the design of a public building.
History of the School of Education and Allied Professions
An exhibit of historical photographs and other materials celebrating the centennial year of the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Landmarks in Space Exploration
Collection of original resources from NASA and the US Government. Prepared by the Libraries' Government Information and Law Department.
The Recensio
Selected pictures from The Recensio, The Yearbook of Miami University
Rodolfo Usigli Centennial Celebration
Miami University Libraries continues celebrating of the centennial of the birth of playwright Rodolfo Usigli, considered by some the father of modern theatre in Mexico, with the "Rodolfo Usigli Centennial: An Interdisciplinary Commemoration." Included are an international symposium on modern Mexican theatre, a staged reading of one of Usigli's ground-breaking plays in French, Spanish and English reflecting a new trilingual translation of his only French play, and a library exhibit.
Selected Buildings of Miami
Photographs and information about 10 Oxford Campus Buildings.

Other Digital Collections

American Memory Project(Library of Congress)
The American Memory Historical Collections, a major component of the Library's National Digital Library Program, are multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text from the Library's Americana collections. There are currently over 60 collections in the American Memory Historical Collections.
Digital Resource Commons (OhioLINK)
Includes approximately tens of thousands of art and architecture images in collections provided by commercial providers, art museums, and OhioLINK institutions.
Greater Cincinnati Memory Project
Provides access to 6,000 digitized images from local libraries (Greater Cincinnati (including Butler County) and Northern Kentucky.
Smithsonian Global Sound
Provides online audio files for materials from the Smithsonian Folkways catalog and other archival collections representing regions of the world in various genres including folk, blues, jazz, country, children's and spoken word.

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