Student admissions records (1904-16) and a variety of printed materials (1850-1916) comprise the records of the Oberlin Academy (1833-1916). Documentation for the years from 1833 to 1892, when the school was known as the Preparatory Department, is limited to printed material (found in Series II) dated 1850-92 and a small number of grade certificates from 1855-56. There are no records for the years 1833-49. The bulk of Series I, Operating Records, provides a fairly detailed and consecutive record of Academy operations from 1904 to 1916. During this period, a number of strategies were employed to increase enrollment and prevent the Academy from closing. A series of bound committee reports (1901-09), commissioned by the Board of Trustees of Oberlin College, provides an account of the Academy’s self-assessment during the final years of its operation. Of special interest in Series II, is a Report of the Secretary of the Academy (1912), housed with “Academy Publications,” and the Descriptive Pamphlet of Oberlin Academy (1912), a special pamphlet brought out to publicize the recent Charles Martin Hall donation. Programs include senior class exhibitions (1850-1916), commencement (1902-16), and debates and declamation contests (1898-1914).
Series I. Operating Records, 1855-56, 1901-16 (5 lin.ft.)
Nine boxes of alphabetically arranged student applications for admission (1904-16) and related documentation constitute the bulk of Series I. Permission of the Archivist must be secured before consulting these records. Other materials include two volumes of attendance ledgers (1907-16) and a bound typescript with clippings pasted in entitled Papers Relating to Oberlin Academy (1901-09). Foldered with this item are two loose committee reports (1904, 1915) and a 1915 graph showing attendance rates at Oberlin College. Also filed here is a small sample of grade reports or certificates; these certificates, from 1855-56, report the work of Elihu C. Barnard (A.B. 1860).
Series II. Printed Material, 1850-1916, n.d. (1 lin.ft.)
Includes a run of the annual Oberlin Academy Calendar (1904-16) and two volumes (1914, 1915) of the Academy yearbook, The Etean. Additional materials include two copies of the Oberlin Academy Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 2 for June 1913, promotional leaflets, programs, class schedules, and commencement memorabilia. The programs include Senior Class Exhibitions and Commencement (1850-1916), debates, and declamation contests.
Series I. Series I. Operating Records, 1855-56, 1901-16
(* denotes restricted records)
Admissions Records, 1904-16 *
Attendance Ledgers (2 vol.), 1907-16 (2f)
Grade Certificates (Elihu C. Barnard), 1855-56 [2001/94] *
Papers Relating to Oberlin Academy, 1901-09, 1915
Series II. Printed Material, 1850-1916, n.d.
Oberlin Academy Calendar, 1904-16 (3f)
Academy Publications, 1904-16
Class Schedules, 1914-15
(see also oversize, below)
Commencement and other memorabilia, 1902-16
The Etean, 1914, 1915
Miscellaneous publications and programs, 1892-1915, n.d. (2f)
Oberlin Academy Descriptive Pamphlet, 1912
Preparatory Department items, 1871, 1890, 1892
Annual Debate: Academy vs. Oberlin High School, 1906-14
Declamation Contest, 1898-1911
Senior Class Exhibition and Commencement, 1850-1916 (2f)
Goodrich Room Case 3, Drawer 6
Class Schedules, 1893-1900 [acc. 12 & 2001/94]