Who are we?
The Hiram College Archives will be closed during the month of August.
During that time we will not be able to provide any research or other services.
Our apologies for any inconvenience.
The Arches will re-open in September with very limited hours and services. Please direct any questions to
The Hiram College Archives
The Hiram College Archives collects preserves and provides access to the permanently valuable records of Hiram College since its founding in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute. These records include:
- Minutes of the Board of Trustees;
- Papers of several principals of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute and presidents of Hiram College;
- Complete files of Hiram College publications;
- Records of Hiram College departments, offices, committees, task forces, and student organizations;
- Papers of individual faculty members; and photographs.
The Archives also maintains the Mildred Bennett Memorial Collection of Local History Materials.
Through an agreement with the Hiram historical Society, records, manuscripts and documents donated to the Society are deposited in the Hiram College Archives for preservation and access. In addition to the institutional archives, research collections include numerous collections of personal papers of persons connected in some way with Hiram College, and special collections of books and/or manuscripts connected with the institution or the Western Reserve area of Ohio.
Historical materials do not circulate and must be used with care, under the supervision of the Archivist in the Arndt Reading Room (north of the Pritchard Room). No book bags, briefcases, duffle bags, food, or beverages are allowed in the reading room.
Scanning and photocopying services are available to researchers for a fee, but the department reserves the right to refuse reproduction if circumstances warrant.
Finding aids, which are detailed guides for a particular collection, for many of our collections are available online at the Archives website, under Finding Aids. All other finding aids are available through the Archivist and reference assistance is provided.
The Archives is open 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. However, due to staffing constraints, all patrons are encouraged to make appointments to use the archival and special collections to insure that they receive maximum assistance with their research on each visit.