Western College Memorial Archives

The Western College Memorial Archives houses materials from Western College Female Seminary and Western College for Women 1853-1974.

Western Female Seminary was founded in 1853 as the 'western representation' of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: a College and Seminary for Women; in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." The school merged with Miami University in 1974.

The Western College Memorial Archives are located in 16 Peabody Hall. Materials from the Archive do not circulate. You may visit Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm or contact Jacky Johnson at johnsoj@muohio.edu or call 513.529.9695

The book the Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson is an excellent resource about the college's history Western History It provides a broad outline of events at Western such as the fires that burned Peabody Hall and the institutions survival during the Civil War.

The Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Western's past.