Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Denison University Buildings

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This exhibit was created in an effort to preserve the history of the buildings at Denison University. With the constant phases of construction and renovations that seem to occur on the hill, it’s important to take a step back and remember how we’ve made it here. By recounting the stories of just ten buildings on campus and their namesakes, hopefully the story of Denison University as a whole is better understood. Many of these buildings have seen more than anyone still around – through tragedies, joyous celebrations, and the seemingly monotonous march of time, these buildings have seen the events that have shaped Denison into the campus we know today. Hopefully the exhibit will become a useful tool for the researcher as well as an entertaining read for the curious masses.

This exhibit was designed and assembled by Ben Bowers, class of 2020, as the final project of his 2019 Chessman Internship. Through many hours of scanning, reading, and summarizing the invaluable material in the Archives, this exhibit reflects only a fraction of the unfathomable amount of knowledge that is stored there. Ben is a Geoscience major with a Narrative Journalism concentration and a desire to work in the archival field after graduation.

- Created by Ben Bowers, class of 2020

Denison University During WWII


As part of their ongoing digitization efforts to facilitate access to its material by researchers, family historians, and students, Denison University Archives & Special Collections began in 2018 creating a digital war memorial in order to recognize Denison students who died in WWII.

The items found in this exhibit is not exhaustive of the items held by Denison on these topics. If you wish to find out more information about any topics or items in this exhibit, please reach out to the University Archives and Special Collections at

Exhibit proposed and created by Kristen Pantle, Digital Resources Specialist.

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Medieval Manuscripts

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In 2016, the University Archives & Special Collections digitized many of our medieval, handwritten pages that had been separated from their books. In cooperation with another Denison digital collection restoring Otto Ege manuscripts, we present this collection of 72 medieval manuscript leaves for you to browse.  


Richard Mahard in World War II

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This exhibit is the final product of a 2018 summer research project undertaken by Ben Bowers class of 2020. Ben is a Geoscience major with a Narrative Journalism concentration who was given the perfect opportunity to combine these two interests. After combing through boxes upon boxes in the attic of Olin Science Hall and researching at the Univeristy Archives and the Granville Historical Society, Ben pieced together a rather unique set of circumstances.

Picture this, it's early 1945. World War II is still raging in Europe and the Pacific. The draft boards are scrambling to find more men to enlist. Among them, a young Denison professor named Richard Mahard has his number called and must report to serve his country. For the next 14 months, Mahard will travel in excess of 20,000 miles, write hundreds of letters home, and get an inside look at Army life in the closing months of the war as well as the beginning of post-war life.

The intent of this exhibit is to bring to light this diversion in Prof. Mahard's otherwise nearly continual employment by Denison University for 40 years. Through his words, the story of a young Geology professor's journey of a lifetime may be experienced by all through this exhibit.

- Exhibit created by Ben Bowers, '20

The Artist's Book Collection

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The Denison Library Archives & Special Collections has an extensive and growing collection of Artist's Books. Here, you can search through this collection by the academic division that these were divided into.

Understanding and defining Artist's Books is not an easy task. Weeding out the non-Artist's Books relied on being able to define what exactly an Artist's Book is. Under The "Helpful Links!" page you'll find the videos and websites that were used in the creation of this exhibit.