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University Archives | Archives and Special Collections Catalog

The University Archives is the memory center for Denison University.  Its purpose is to select, preserve, and make available Denison's history through the lens of its offices, academic departments, students, alumni, faculty, and administration.  It holds letters, photographs, publications, scrapbooks, sound and video recordings, meeting minutes, departmental reports, artifacts, student organization files, event fliers, and more.  If you are interested in contributing material to the University Archives, please contact the University Archivist.


The Denison University Archives & Special Collections is charged with maintaining the historical records of the college to tell the story of the institution and its community.  As such, we maintain records and descriptions of items that may be harmful or difficult to view.

Some examples of items that may be harmful include:

        - Items that include racist language, opinions or context

        - Items that contain sexist or misogynistic language, opinions or context

        - A lack of representation in our collection that may reflect bias or exclusion in prior collecting practices.

How is the Archives working to address this problem?

        - Making users aware of the possibility of encountering harmful materials

        - Working to improve our collection practices to better represent all Denisonians.

        - Inviting users to explore the archives and comment on their findings.

We welcome further discussion about these aspects of Denison’s history in an effort to learn from our past, rather than hide from it. Feel free to contact us at

Categories under University Archives:

Arch 06 Registrar
Arch 08 The Library
Arch 13 Governance
Arch 14 Students
Arch 30 Regional

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