Athens Mental Health Center Administration building, winter 1981. Tom O’Grady. Athens Mental Health Center collection, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.
Announcing a New Series
The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee wanted to celebrate Archives Month in a new way, so we will be featuring a handful of archives in a series of posts we are calling Archival Spotlights. Since the Archives Month poster’s theme was “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of it All,” we felt it a good idea to feature archives that focus on healthcare or have interesting collections related to healthcare. The first archive to be featured is the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, focusing on their Athens Mental Health Center collection.
About the Mahn Center, and the Athens Mental Health Center Collection
By A&O Committee Chair Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation.
The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, part of Ohio University Libraries in Athens, Ohio, contains the Ohio University Archives, Rare Books, Manuscript Collections, and the Documentary Photography Archive. The Mahn Center’s mission “is to support the education, research, and creative endeavors of Ohio University, or broad community of researcher, and anyone with an interest in the preservation of cultural heritage.” Ohio University is in the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio and is a center for arts and culture in the area.
Athens is renowned for what is now known as The Ridges. Originally called the Athens Lunatic Asylum and later named the Athens State Hospital, The Ridges opened in 1874. The Athens Mental Health Center collection documents its evolution.
Plan for buildings and grounds of Athens Lunatic Asylum, 1872. Athens Mental Health Center collection, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.
This fold-out map from 1872 was pasted into some copies of the first annual report of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. The construction of the campus started in 1868. The grounds were designed by Herman Haerlin, who was also the landscape architect of the Oval at The Ohio University. The architect was Levi T. Scofield. Continue reading →
The 2022 theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster is “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of It All.”
For the past two years, health-care professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so health care issues are on the minds of many people. This is our way of recognizing their work. The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that highlight Ohio’s healthcare related materials.
We received submissions on the theme from 23 institutions, for a total of 52 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 10 images were selected as winners through online voting by you. Thank you to everyone who submitted images. We could never make this poster without your great images!
Below are the images that were chosen by you as the top ten. Each one of these has a chance to appear on the final edit of the poster. Stay tuned for this year’s poster as we get closer to October and Archives Month!
Thank you to the following institutions for your submissions: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Archives of the Chancery; Bexley Public Library; Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections; Case Western Reserve University; Cincinnati Children’s; Clark County Historical Society; Columbus Metropolitan Library; Defiance College; Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregational Archives; Greene County Archives; Hudson Library & Historical Society; Huron County Community Library; Logan County Historical Society; Mahoning Valley Historical Society; Ohio History Connection; The Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center; Ohio University Libraries, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections; Sandusky Library Archives Research Center; University of Akron; University of Cincinnati, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of Health Professions; University of Dayton, U.S. Catholic Special Collection; Western Reserve Historical Society, African American Archives; Youngstown State University, Melnick Medical Museum and University Archives.
“Top 10” Images
As voted on by you, selected from the 52 submitted. In no particular order….
Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD, founder of the Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, 1986. Cincinnati Children’s Department of Marketing and Communications.
Help select the images used for the 2022 Ohio Archives Month Poster!
This year for the annual Society of Ohio Archivists’ October Archives Month poster we asked for archival images having to do with the theme of Healthcare in Ohio. For the past two years, healthcare professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so this topic is in the forefront for many. Continue reading →
This Google Doc features social media engagement opportunities including monthly observances and holidays (both national and international), known hashtag prompts, and general information. this resource will hopefully provide you and your archival repositories with new outlets for sharing material, interacting with fellow archives and the public.
A&O plans to continue to provide yearly updates. Please feel free to share with us any other special days, hashtags, and opportunities for engagement throughout the year if you don’t see them listed! We’ll continue to add to the calendar as we learn new things!
This year for the annual Society of Ohio Archivists’ October Archives Month poster we are looking for archival image submissions having to do with Healthcare in Ohio. For the past two years, healthcare professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so this topic is in the forefront for many. With this in mind, we decided to highlight archival holdings related to all aspects of healthcare for this year’s poster, which will be distributed for Archives Month in October.
Does your archive have images related to local hospitals, health clinics? Photos of doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals? Images related to vaccination clinics, health crises, medical tools, or other healthcare related events or activities? All of these are examples for wonderful submissions! Continue reading →
The 2021 theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster was Ohio’s Wonderland: Unboxing The Great Outdoors. For the past year and a half, many have been cooped up indoors and apart from others more than ever before, but the outdoors have always offered an escape! The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that highlight Ohio’s outdoor spaces. (Download the poster as a PDF.)
We received submissions on the theme from 23 institutions, for a total of 65 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 10 images were selected as winners through online voting by you. We were able to feature 3 of these images on this year’s Archive Month poster.
See our 2021 poster page for the images featured on the poster from the Sandusky Library, University of Akron, and the Ohio History Connection, as well as the other winning submissions, and the full text of the poster. Continue reading →
For Archives Month, Candace Pine, manuscripts librarian, takes us on a 10-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives at Miami University, showcasing two collections in particular: Gene Krebs, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Rick Ludwin, former NBC executive (Primetime, Late Night, and Specials).