Museum Collections

The Oberlin Heritage Center collects material objects whose origins and histories help tell the history of Oberlin and its activist traditions of abolitionism, temperance, co-education, missionary outreach, progressivism and women’s rights, and the stories associated with our two house museums and the schoolhouse from 1833 to the mid 20th century.


Use of the historic objects collections of the Oberlin Heritage Center for research is available by appointment only. Call Collections Manager Maren McKee at 440-774-1700 or e-mail [email protected]


Collections include but are not limited to:

The Oberlin Heritage Center's Collections Management Policy is available to read as a pdf.


Donations to be considered for addition to the permanent collections must have a pertinent Oberlin story to tell, or Oberlin connection such that they will be used, if not for display in our period house museums, for research and/or teaching, or for special exhibits telling Oberlin stories of the 20th century.  If you are interested in learning what artifacts the Oberlin Heritage Center is looking for to help support our stories, check the Grant a Wish page.