The mission of the Otterbein University Archive is to facilitate research related to the history of Otterbein University and to the United Brethren Church by acquiring, preserving and providing supervised access to historically significant materials.
The University Archive maintains the recorded history of Otterbein University, through documents, photographs, artifacts, and publications of the students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni of the University. The Otterbein Room also holds some materials pertaining to the United Brethren Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and today the United Methodist Church), mostly that which has a direct connection to Otterbein University. A small amount of Westerville historical material that relates to Otterbein is also maintained. In addition, the University Archive holds old, rare, and autographed books from the collection of the Courtright Memorial Library for preservation.
Some archival collections have been digitized and are available for viewing in our institutional repository, the Digital Commons. Additional digital content is being added on a regular basis. Researchers will find three main areas of interest, beginning with the Archives and Special Collections page: https://digitalcommons.otterbein.edu/archives/
Next, both the historical and current publications of Otterbein University are being collected in the Otterbein Journals & Magazines page: https://digitalcommons.otterbein.edu/journals/
Finally, on the Otterbein University Athletics page, you will find an assortment of historical and current programs and newsletters, and the Sports Films Collection, which consists of digitized films of Otterbein football games, going as far back as 1940: https://digitalcommons.otterbein.edu/athletics/
User statistics for the Otterbein University Archive, from the 2015-2016 fiscal year to the present, can be found here: https://otterbein.libguides.com/c.php?g=1234789
The University Archive is located on the lower level of the Courtright Memorial Library and observes regular hours Monday through Friday, 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., and 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Please contact Stephen D. Grinch, Archivist (614-823-1761) for more information or to request materials.
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138 West Main Street.
Westerville, OH 43081