Digital Collections

Bowden Postcard Collection Online: Developed from the donation by Clyde N. 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:As part of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, in 2011 the Miami University Libraries began creating a digital collection of important Civil War aterials housed in The Walter Havighurst Special Collections. The first pieces to be digitized and accessible online are several Civil War diaries in the collection; three kept by Miami students and three by local Ohio community members who took up arms to fight for the Union. The diarists, all of whom served as members of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, record their impressions and experiences on a variety of topics, including their interrupted college studies, the daily life of a soldier, military engagements and news from the home front.

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. The following persons are represented in the collection: John Ebenezer Annan, Catharine Esther Beecher, Albert Taylor Bledsoe, Joseph C. Cabell, John H. Corke, Daniel Drake, James Hoge, Andrew Dousa Hepburn, Charles M. Hepburn, Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn, Harriet McGuffey Love, Alexander H. McGuffey, Charles Spining McGuffey, William Holmes McGuffey, Edward Deering Mansfield, Robert Cumming Schenck, John Witherspoon Scott, Winthrop B. Smith, Robert Livingston Stanton, Charles L. Telford, Noah Webster, Henry A. Wise, and Andrew Wylie.

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 and more will continue to be added as they are published.

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.

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.

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.

Studio 14 Archives: Studio 14 was a student-produced television show at Miami University under the guidance of Dr. Bill Utter. The episodes you see here were made available by Rick Ludwin, former Miamian and NBC VP.

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.

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News and Events

The 2014 Annual Special Collections Lecture will be held October 10th 4-6 PM, featuring a panel of three Freedom Summer volunteers: Roland Duerksen, Carole Colca, and Mark Levy.

Our exhibit Stories of Freedom Summer is now open through December 12!