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Peter L. Goss Photograph Collection

Photos captured by alumnus Peter L. Goss (Ph.D. ‘73, Comparative Arts) while attending school at Ohio University from 1966-1970. Features images of student demonstrations, campus visitors, and performances. Off-campus subjects include Athens, Ohio street photos, local architecture, and community events. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Collection

Artwork created and collected by Frederick Harris (1932-2010), sumi-e and watercolor painter. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Lynn Johnson Collection

Features the work of photojournalist and Ohio University alumna Lynn Johnson. Includes images from assignments published in LIFE, New York Times, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and Sports Illustrated, as well as Johnson’s on-set and off-set photography with Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Manuscript and Printed Leaves

High-resolution images of individual hand-produced manuscript and printed pages (leaves), all taken from historic texts. These provide insight into the history of manuscript and print book production from across time and geography. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Political Campaign Commercials

Campaign videos originally broadcast on television, 1952-2002. Features many types of elections including federal, state, and local. Access through CONTENTdm. Accessible only on the Athens campus.

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Publishers' Bindings

Bindings, endpapers, bookplates, and other notable marks of ownership and manufacture of primarily 19th century American publishers’ bindings, highlighting books produced in Ohio as well as the works produced by women and African Americans. Access through CONTENTdm.

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Special Collections- General

Select items and general holdings from Special Collections which includes Ohioana, history of science, juvenile literature, fine printing, private press books, artists' books, 19th and 20th century British and American literature, and important editions of works in many other subject areas. Access through CONTENTdm.

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David K. Wyatt Thai Collection

King Chulalongkorn's published diaries from 1876 to 1887 and his travel writings which chronicle his royal visits to India, Malaya, Singapore, Java, Europe, and the remote corners of Siam. In Thai. Access through the Internet Archive.

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Yao Ceremonial Artifacts Collection

Ceremonial and temple art from Yao culture of North Vietnam. Access through CONTENTdm.