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Learn more about the online Manuscripts collections: 

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Athens Mental Health Center Collection

Photographs, patient newsletters, Inquest of Lunacy records, annual reports, and archival documents from the former Athens Mental Health Center, which opened as the Athens Lunatic Asylum in 1874. Covers 1868-1991. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Cantigny Oral Histories, U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, project II

Video oral histories of soldiers and guardsmen who served with the 1st Division of the U.S. Army from 1944 to 2009. Interviews conducted in 2009. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Civil War Correspondence

Letters, diaries, and other American Civil War-era documents from soldiers and families across Ohio. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Barnett Hook Papers and Needlework

Barnett Hook (1845-1926) of McArthur, Ohio, advertised himself as one of "only four men in the United States who teach embroidery." Needlework, postcards, photographs, and other documents. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Manuscripts - General

Select items and general holdings from manuscript collections covering a wide range of materials and topics, many with a local Athens or southeastern Ohio connection. Currently includes photographs of people, places and local industry. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Alwin NIkolais and Murray Louis Dance Collection

Promotional and visual material documenting the careers of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, two leaders in American Modern Dance. Includes photographs, sketches, and performance posters. Access through CONTENTdm.

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William E. Peters Papers

Scrapbooks ("Range Books") documenting unique features of Athens County, Ohio by township, including cemeteries, Native American mounds, schools, mining sites, and more. Contains photos, maps, clippings, text. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Cornelius Ryan Collection of World War II Papers

Questionnaires completed by WWII veterans and used by historian Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974) as a research tool for his books The Longest Day, The Last Battle, and A Bridge Too Far. New questionnaires added regularly! Access through CONTENTdm.

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E.W. Scripps Papers

Letters, memos, essays, and reports by E.W. Scripps (1854-1926), an American newspaper publisher and founder of The E.W. Scripps Company and United Press news service. Includes photographs documenting the Scripps family. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Don Swaim Collection

Audio files and transcripts of broadcasts from Don Swaim's radio program Book Beat, primarily from the 1980s, featuring hundreds of contemporary authors including Nobel, Pulitzer, and Booker Prize winners. Access through CONTENTdm.

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George Voinovich Collections

Selections from the senatorial, gubernatorial, mayoral, and campaign archives of Senator George V. Voinovich (1936-2016). Access through CONTENTdm.