The Oberlin College Archives, established in 1966, seeks nomination to be included in the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.Considered one of the most notable stops on the Underground Railroad, Oberlin, Ohio is central in understanding the history of the United States during the period leading up to the Civil War. The Oberlin College Archives holds primary resources, such as correspondence and photographs, documenting Oberlin's significant role in the fight against the institution of slavery.
By way of example, antislavery supporters influenced the decision by the Oberlin Collegiate Institute (name changed to Oberlin College in 1850) Board of Trustees to admit African American students in 1835.The minutes of the Board provide documentation for this critical period in Oberlin's History.Other materials document the famous Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Case, a pivotal event in Oberlin's involvement in the Underground Railroad.
The Oberlin College Library and Special Collections also contain monographs, printed matter, manuscripts, and artifacts relating to Oberlin's and the nation's antislavery activity, includingmaterials related to university graduates and former students who either supported the work of or participated in the Underground Railroad across the country, as freedom seekers and/or those who provided assistance.
For information about the library's collections and visitor information, please visit: www.oberlin.edu/archive
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 402 Mudd Center, 148 West College Street, Oberlin, Lorain, 44074
Website: Oberlin College Archives
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Ken Grossi, Head of the Oberlin College Archives
Location Type: Facility
UGRR Operatives: Lewis Tappan