Finding aid for the Western College Class Flags Materials

Western College Class Flags Materials
Miami University
Phone: 513-529-6720
Western College Class Flags and Photograph Collection
Bulk dates:
2 linear feet (binders)
Collection of materials documenting flags in text and photographs in the Western College Class Flags Collection.
Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
The records are in English
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Western College Memorial Archives Website
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Western College Class Photograph Record Group
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Western College Class Flags With Descriptions

History of Western College Class Flags Collection

Upon their arrival at Western College first year classes beginning in 1909 designed flags that represented them at annual celebrations and college events. Western College was founded in 1853 as the 'western' representation of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high-quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes at the Western Female Seminary began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1888, Western was moving toward becoming accredited as a College and chose Leila S. McKee, a Wellesley graduate, as the new principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: A College and Seminary for Women;" in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." For the next fifty years, Western remained a general liberal arts college, primarily under the presidency of William W. Boyd. With the arrival of President Herrick B. Young in 1954, an international focus began. Many international students and faculty were recruited, international travel seminars were instituted, and a global emphasis was added to the curriculum. In 1970, an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education called "Freedom with Responsibility" was initiated under the leadership of President William C. Spencer. Another new direction was the decision in 1971 to admit men. Faced with major financial difficulties, Western College closed in 1974 and the physical facilities merged with Miami University.

Scope and Content

Collection of materials documenting in photographs and text the collection of Western College Class Flags.

Statement of Arrangement

Organized into the following series: 1 Binder, Class Flags Photographs, 1909-1974 2. 1 Binder. List of Flags with Descriptions.

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Western College Memorial Archives.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to provide access to this collection:



Preferred Citation

Cite as: Western Flag Collection, Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from various sources.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Archivist, Western College Memorial Archives,, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.