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Rev. Andrew Young was a close confidant of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was present when King was assassinated in Memphis.  Young ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1970 but continued to be active in the Civil Rights movement.  He came to campus to speak as part of DC’s Forum series in November of 1971.

Young held a Q&A session on campus on his arrival, then had dinner in the Union, and at 8:00 PM gave his Forum address entitled, “With Liberty and Justice.”  The Forum brochure said he was scheduled to speak in the College Community (now Weaner) Center, but the Defender of November 11 and Crescent-News publicity said his presentation would be in St. John United Church of Christ.

Here is a photo of Young talking with students, which appeared in the Nov. 18, 1971 Defender:

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The Defender did not go into a lot of detail about Young’s presentation, but did say that Young advocated for change being made through negotiations. He blamed President Nixon’s administration for not doing more for minority populations, and also talked about inflation and the economy.

After his DC appearance, Young went on to further national prominence when he was elected to Congress, served as Ambassador to the United Nations, and became Mayor of Atlanta.

Link to the Nov. 11, 1971 pre-visit publicity Defender article

Link to the article from November 18, 1971 Defender that reported on Young’s visit




In October, I posted about the acquisition of what is now the oldest known Defiance College newspaper, “The Truth-Seeker.”  The issues we own have now been digitized and are available in this section of DC Memory.

The first issue is dated October 1897, and the last one we presently own is December 1899.  We don’t own all the issues in the date range, however.  Perhaps someone will find and donate those in the future.

The first issue states that it is the “official organ and mouthpiece of Defiance College.”  Most issues have articles by then-President John Latchaw.  The October 1897 issue has an article about student room and board being priced at $2 a week.  Another article lists changes to campus, such as new faculty hires and newly-enrolled students.  And did you know that DC had a School of Typing and Shorthand back in those days?

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives






It’s kind of hard to tell from this grainy photo that appeared in the September 21, 1967 Defender, but that’s John Denver on the right, giving a performance as part of the Mitchell Trio, in what is now the Weaner Center.

Denver replaced original group member Chad Mitchell, and sang with the trio between 1965-1969, before he hit the big time as a solo artist in the early 1970s.

The archives has a nice, clear William Morris Agency photo of the group, but because of copyright restrictions, I can’t reproduce it here.   The above photo in the Defender is the only other one I’ve found of the group performing on campus.

According to a newspaper clipping from the Crescent-News (undated but likely mid-September), the performance was sponsored by the DC Student Government, and was held on the same day as a picnic and the opening home football game against Kenyon.   The C-N said that the other singers besides Denver were Mike Kobluk and David Boise.  Wikipedia confirms that the three produced an album the same year.  The Trio was accompanied by Paul Prestopino and Bob Hofferan on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle.

Here’s a link to the page in the Defender this photo came from.  There’s just a caption, no accompanying story.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives



We’d like to think the Defiance College Archives is a rich source of  documents on the history of Defiance College.  It is, but there are gaps in our collections which we hope to fill someday.  Below is a list of MOST WANTED documents we wish we had copies of.  We hope an alumnus or his/her descendants find some of these in the attic and might be able to donate them to the Archives:

PHOTOGRAPHS OF TIN TOWN:  The above image is a clipping of the beginning of an article in the Feb. 8, 1963 issue of The Defender  about Tin Town.  At the time, the buildings were married student housing, and the residents had many complaints, such as pipes freezing and noise from students drag-racing up and down College Place.  The Archives does not have any photos of Tin Town, beyond glimpses in the background of other photos, or dimly seen from above in aerial photos of campus.  If any alumni have photos of Tin Town, we would appreciate the donation.  Read more about the interesting history of Tin Town in the DC Cookbook published in 1988.

COMMENCEMENT PROGRAMS: We have digitized all we own on DC Memory, but we are still missing these:  1894-96, 1901, 1903-07, 1909-10, 1912-13, 1915-21, 1927, 1929-30, 1932-34, 1936, and 1938-46, if those Depression- and war-era programs were even published.  DC did not publish a student newspaper or yearbooks during those years, so it’s possible Commencement programs weren’t either.

CATALOGS:  All that we have in the Archives and Registrar’s office have been digitized, but there are gaps for these years:  any from before 1890, 1891-98, 1901, 1933-34, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1950.  Here’s a link to those we have.

ALUMNI BANQUET PROGRAMS: We are missing these programs from the annual alumni banquets:  1939, 1941-46, 1948, 1963-66, 1968, 1972-73, 1976-77, and any published between 1979 and 1990.  Here’s a link to the banquet program page on DC Memory.

STUDENT HANDBOOKS:  Do you have any student handbooks, with college rules and regulations for students?  The Archives does not own any from before 1909, 1912-18, or 1920-1952.  Here’s the DC Memory page of those we do own.

ATHLETIC PROGRAMS:   A sampling of DC football programs have been digitized, but not all that we own, because of copyright or other reasons.  We have few if any for other sports over the years.  If you have any programs or media guides from any DC sport, odds are good that we need copies.

If you do have any donations for the DC Archives, this page has a “Deed of Gift & Collection Policy” PDF form that you can fill out to accompany your donation.  The Library’s contact information is on the form.  Thank you.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives




The Archives recently received issues of The Truth Seeker from 1897 and 1899, which turns out to be the oldest (known) newspaper Defiance College published.  Prior to this find, we thought the Bugle (1901-02) was the College’s oldest newspaper or magazine.

The issues are printed on the acidic paper that was commonly used in that era, and now, 118 years later, the acidity has progressed to where the edges crumble off as you handle them.  We are hoping to get them digitized in the near future, so they can be viewed without damaging the originals further.

Because they are so fragile, I could only do a rather sketchy quick scan of the front page of the October 1897 first issue, pictured above.  Trying to scan the inside pages on the equipment we own would cause damage because of the dicey state of the paper.  You can see on the image above where the edges are crumbling away.

We have the October-December 1897 issues, and then there is a gap, and then we have January-December 1899.  DC’s President John Latchaw is listed as the editor, and contributed articles to nearly every issue.  The issues report news of the College, contain essays on academic topics, give Christian Church news, offer reports on 1899 Commencement activities, and Charles Slocum contributes articles on plant species that are native to the Defiance area.

It’s thought that former Professor Jo McCormick may have purchased the issues at an auction or a book and paper show years ago and donated them, but they only recently made their way to the Archives.  We don’t have a lot of documentation on the College from before 1900, so this is an exciting find.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives



With DC’s Homecoming being held this month, an archivist’s thoughts naturally turn to Homecomings of the past.

Defiance College held its very first Homecoming event in February 1920.  George Washington’s Birthday weekend was selected for the date, perhaps because there were several events on campus which could serve to entertain the visiting alumni: the senior class was presenting its play, “Stop Thief,” plus a varsity basketball game, but here arises some confusion.  Issues of The Collegian student newspaper published before Homecoming declared that the game would be against Manchester College.  But the account of Homecoming in the 1921 Oraculum said that the team played the University of Toledo (see below).

A banquet was held in the Weston Hall gymnasium, with the dinner being the first event to be held there after the laying of a new floor.  Diners feasted on roast pork, and the gym was decorated with flags and DC’s colors.  The junior class won a trophy for having the highest percentage of current students among the four classes attending the banquet.  Dean Enders served as Toastmaster, and President Caris and alumni from various classes made remarks.

No photos of the event exist in the archives, or none that we know of, but we do have a copy of the brochure, the cover of which is reproduced above.  Below is the account of Homecoming that appeared in the 1921 Oraculum.

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You can also view descriptions of the 1920 Homecoming in the January and February 1920 issues of The Collegian.  Go to this link and use the “sort by” menu to select “publication date” and scroll down to the 1920 issues.

And, you can view the full 1920 Homecoming brochure here.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives



I was using DC Memory to look for another topic today; that search led me to the Defiance Collegian for May 21, 1917, and there I discovered a page that had photographs of different Defiance College professors’ houses in 1917. The Enders house on College Place is included in that issue. Here is a copy of that section of the Collegian:

The original is on the dark side, so if you have trouble reading the captions, Enders’ house is the first one in the second row. It looks very like the picture of the home that was on the real photo postcard we reproduced in the August 1 blog post.

So now we have double confirmation that the unlabeled real photo postcard in the Aug. 1 blog is indeed Enders’ house. It would be interesting to compare the other houses in the newspaper image with the houses that still exist on College Place to see if these are still standing, and how much they might have been altered since 1917.

Barb Sedlock
Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives