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Wednesday, August 19 • 9:00am - 4:15pm
Repository Tour: Oberlin, Ohio - College and Town and the Allen Memorial Art Museum LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

You must register directly with the contact person by July 31st to attend this tour. Capacity is limited. 

For reservations and information, contact:
Ken Grossi, Oberlin College Archivist at 440-775-8014 or email ken.grossi@oberlin.edu 

Oberlin, Ohio is home to many historic buildings, businesses, museums, diverse organizations, and Oberlin College.  This tour will include visits to see some of the “treasures” of the College (described below), and will include a walking tour and presentation related to Oberlin’s history, both town and College. 

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is recognized today as one of the five best college and university art museums in the United States, and holds an outstanding collection of nearly 14,000 works of art that provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art from a variety of cultures.  The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music Special Collections feature holdings such as The Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History, The James R. and Susan Neumann Jazz Collection, and a collection of musician’s autographs and photographs. The Main Library Special Collections include prominent collections such as the Anti-slavery Collection, The Frederick B. Artz Collection in the History of the Book, The Mary Ainsworth Collection of Japanese Artists’ Books, and The Walter Tunks Dime Novel Collection. The Oberlin College Archives hold original historical materials that offer insight and documentation of Oberlin’s involvement in movements such as antislavery, African Americans in higher education, coeducation, missions, women’s suffrage, temperance, diversity, and ecology and the environment.

For more information about the Oberlin College Libraries, Special Collections, and Archives see www.oberlin.edu/library. For the Allen Memorial Art Museum see http://www.oberlin.edu/amam/.

Tour Details:

9:00 AM: Leave from Cleveland Renaissance Hotel (Public Square) for trip to Oberlin.

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Tour of the Allen Memorial Art Museum

11:00 - 11:30 AM: Walk through Tappan Square to downtown with presentation by College Archivist Ken Grossi about the history of Oberlin.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch on your own (downtown Oberlin—9 restaurants/cafes within 2 blocks)

12:45 – 1:45 PM: Conservatory of Music Special Collections Tour (meet at designated place and time after 
lunch to be escorted to the Conservatory Special Collections)

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Tour of Special Collections and Archives, Mudd Center

3:15 PM: Leave Oberlin for return trip to Cleveland Renaissance Hotel (Public Square) 

Note: Please bring rain gear, if necessary, for Tappan Square tour, lunch downtown, and walking to tour sites. For information about visiting Oberlin and restaurants see http://new.oberlin.edu/visitor/. A map of campus and downtown and other handouts will be provided on the day of the tour.


Transportation to University Circle repository tours is being provided by University Circle Inc.  Shuttles with a fifty person capacity will pick up attendees at the Lakeside Avenue entrance of the convention center at 8:30 and 9:30 am. The shuttles will drop you off at Case’s Kelvin Smith Library which is a short walk from all University Circle tours.  Shuttles will return attendees to the convention center from Kelvin Smith Library at 3:30 and 4:30 pm. 


Tour participants may also take the Healthline Rapid Transit Buses that run along a brand-new transit corridor on Euclid Avenue between downtown Cleveland and University Circle. Use the Adelbert Road/Severance Hall stop. All tours are within walking distance of the stop. For fares, schedules, and general public transit information, visit http://www.riderta.com/. Information for University Circle is also available at http://www.universitycircle.org/transportation


Wednesday August 19, 2015 9:00am - 4:15pm EDT
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