Digital Collections


**NEW**: Bowden Postcard Collection Online: Developed from the donation by Clyde Bowden of over 350,000 postcards, the Bowden Postcard Collection Online presents a fascinating visual display across 20th century America.

John W. Browne Collection: The collection includes correspondence, receipts, resolutions, financial documents, and miscellaneous items pertaining to John Browne’s mission to secure donations of money and books for Miami University.

Civil War Diaries: Civil War Diaries include three by Miami students and three by local Ohio community members who took up arms to fight for the Union.

William Holmes McGuffey Family Papers: The resources available at this site consist of selected documents from the William Holmes McGuffey Papers, held by the Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The major portion of the McGuffey Papers was collected by Mrs. Mary (Thompson) Hughes and purchased from her estate about 1948.

Matthew Prior Project: The Matthew Prior Project was originally conceived as a phased effort to provide an electronic edition of the extant correspondence of this eighteenth-century poet and diplomat, including the Calendar, a “mini edition” of six letters, and diplomatic transcripts of his letters. The Calendar, which is the gateway to all the letters in Prior’s correspondence, has been updated throughout the course of the project and now lists a total of 3,002 letters.


Myaamia Collection Online: This collection contains materials related to the Miami (Myaamia) people in accordance with an agreement between the Miami University Libraries (Oxford, Ohio) and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Items include original documents highlighting the relationship between the Miami Tribe and the United States federal government. This continually growing collection supports the libraries’ collaboration with the Myaamia Center in Oxford, Ohio.


William Shakespeare: Digital Copies of the First Four Folios: All four folios of Shakespeare’s works are digitally available in this collection. 36 of his plays appear in the folios, including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and The Tragedy of King Lear.

Victorian Trade Card Collection: 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. Trade Cards were typically used to advertise products and services including such items as patent medicines, thread, sewing machines, food and beverages, farm equipment and others. Trade cards reached the height of their popularity during the 1880′s and 1890′s.

Miami University History Digital Archive: Since 2009, Miami University Libraries has been working to make Miami’s historical documents freely available online for the benefit of students, faculty, alumni, researchers and the interested public. The program involves the close collaboration of library staff and student employees from Special Collections, the University Archives, Western College Archives, Digital Initiatives and Technical Services and has been partially funded by generous donations from Miami University alumni.

The Miami Student Online: The Miami Student Newspaper – Digital Collection aims to digitize and preserve both printed and digital-born issues. Currently, roughly 40,000 issues are available online.

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