Institute Collections

Jim and Vanita Oelschlager Native American Ethnographic Collection

In 2010, Jim and Vanita Oelschlager generously loaned part of their private collection of Native American tools, blankets, baskets, ceremonial objects, Edward Curtis books and prints, western bronzes, and a mixture of popular culture materials to The University of Akron. The collection provides faculty, staff, and students a valuable resource to support learning opportunities.

David P. Campbell Postcard Collection

postcard002The David P. Campbell collection of postcards contains postcards dating from the late 1800s to current postcards produced as late as 2008. This collection represents an historical look at natural and human science as well as global society and culture encompassing a variety of themes including holidays, people, geographic locations, sentiments, and political and social statements. In addition, this collection showcases a variety of formats including photographic postcards and different media used to make them.

Brozek Slavic and Germanic Language Books

BrozekBookThe Josef Brozek library of psychology and science contains 5,091 books in 27 languages (mostly Slavic and Germanic) on the topics of psychology, the history of psychology, and science. 

Films from Human Science and Culture

FilmImageThe Cummings Center houses an extensive moving image collection in formats including VHS video tape and 16mm and 8mm film. Around 500 reels of film from this collection have been allocated for educational and experimental use and cover topics related to the human condition.

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Wire Recorder Project: A Line to the Past

SpoolsThe Wire Recorder Project is an archive housing and digitizing wire recordings in all formats. The collection includes historic playback equipment and modern, fabricated digitization equipment. The original collection is the work of Dr. David Boder who recorded some of the first interviews with Holocaust survivors in 1945. The collection has grown to include personal recordings of children, professional singers, lectures, and religious ceremonies.