Welcome to the Miami University Special Collections & Archives

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections holds over 65,000 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.

Miami and Oxford in the 1960s

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Special Collections
(513) 529-3323
SpecColl@MiamiOH.edu
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
321 King Library

Archives
(513) 529- 6720
Archives@MiamiOH.edu
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Withrow Court

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News and Events

A reception for our fall exhibit The Creative Codex will be held Thursday October 22, 4-6 PM, in King 320. Local artist Diane Stemper, whose works are featured in the exhibit, will speak at the reception.

Our fall exhibit The Creative Codex is now on display in King 321!

Our summer exhibit Miami and Oxford in the 1960s is now available online!