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Anti-Racism Social Justice / Education and Activism: Oberlin resources

Former DirectorAlexia Hudson-Ward on the collection

Our libraries were founded on the principles of equitable access to information. In 1884, we constituted our first objects-centered collection - the anti-slavery collection - with the aim of humanizing black people in the midst of the global tragedy of slavery. The collection was purposefully curated to remind the world that such crimes against humanity must never happen again. 

Oberlin History: race and social justice activism

Oberlin College anti-slavery collection Anti-Slavery Collection at Oberlin College Library is a nationally significant collection of value to researchers of American anti-slavery movements as well as the history of Oberlin. It consists of around 2500 printed titles (many are multi-volume) most of which have been cataloged and can be searched using the online catalog.

"It is proposed to make in the college library an anti-slavery collection, complete as possible, for the future historian, in which shall be gathered every book, every pamphlet, every report, every tract, every newspaper, and every private letter on the subject. For such a collection nothing is unimportant. Scattered here and there these documents are all but worthless, but gathered in one collection they would be priceless." Rev. Henry Matson, librarian at Oberlin College, quoted in the Oberlin Weekly News, February 29, 1884.

Oberlin Authors

Oberlin College's Alumni on race, equality and social justice

Oberlin Digital Collections

Campus resources