Welcome to the Miami University Special Collections & Archives


Due to the Archives collection move, the Miami University Archives will be closed from Monday, April 11 – June 1, 2016.  The collection consisting of materials chronicling all aspects of Miami University (1809- ), Western College (1858-1974), and Oxford College (1854-1928) history will move from its current location at 1 Withrow Court to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections located on the 3rd floor of King Library.    

The staff will have intermittent email access and will respond to requests via Archives@MiamiOH.edu  

You may also contact us via TELEPHONE: 513-529-6720 or 513-529-2069.

or Special Collections 513-529-3323 SpecColl@MiamiOH.edu

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to serving you in our new location at King Library.

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections holds over 82,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts, and special subject collections. Collection strengths include: the history and culture of the Ohio Valley/Old Northwest Territory; the history of transportation, especially in the 19th century; the American Civil War; pre- and post-revolutionary Russian history, art and literature; William Holmes McGuffey and his Readers; 19th century gift books; and children’s literature, especially the 18th through the 20th centuries, including 19th century schoolbooks. Cataloged materials in the Special Collections & Archives may be searched through the library catalog. For manuscript collections, please see the finding aids on the individual collection pages.

The archives held at Miami University are comprised of three archives: the Miami University Archives, which contains manuscripts, publications, photographs, and artifacts dealing with Miami University history; the Western College Memorial Archives, which holds materials from the Board of Trustee records dating back to 1853; and the Oxford College Archives, which documents the history of the women’s college. Archival records may be accessed online through our ArchivesSpace instance.


Due to the renovation and preparation for the University Archives move into Special Collections (3rd Floor King Library) Special Collections print materials may be inaccessible.

The Special Collections reading room will remain open and staff are available for questions.  M – F 8:00-5:00p

The move is estimated to be completed in May. We apologize for any noise during this time and look forward to the exciting future with Special Collections and Archives together in King Library.

Questions: please contact Special Collections at 513-529-3323 or 513-529-2024  email: SpecColl@MiamiOH.edu

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