Missing from the DC Memory website, that is.  We thought that all the existing print Oraculum yearbooks had been scanned and loaded into the DC Memory website.  But a recent doublecheck revealed that several that did not get uploaded with the other yearbooks.

Missing from DC Memory as of April 2017 are:



and 1991/92, the cover of which is pictured above.

Some of the confusion may have been caused by the fact that in the 1910’s, in some years there were two Oraculums published.  For example, there is one currently on DC Memory labeled 1915, but the archives has an totally different print edition with “June 1915” on the title page that had not been digitized.

If you are looking for material from the above yearbooks, please contact library staff and we will try to get the relevant scans to you.   We will upload the missing Oraculums when time and budgets permit.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives






We learned today of the death of Dr. Bernard Mikula.  He was a noted researcher in corn genetics and teacher and mentor to many Defiance College alumni.

Mikula was profiled in a November 22, 1963 Defender article, which said that he was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  He served in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy during World War II.




He received a bachelor’s degree from William and Mary in 1951, and a PhD from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1956.  He came to Defiance College in 1960 and taught botany and genetics, among other courses. The above photo was taken in 1972, with students in the greenhouse near Tenzer Hall.



One of the things alumni will remember most about him are the student trips Mikula led to the Big Bend area of Texas and to other Southwest locations during Winter Term.  The above picture was taken on one of those trips in 1971.

Bernie retired from teaching in 1989 but kept in touch with the campus and his former students.  His loss will leave an unfillable space in the Defiance College family.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives


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A local resident, John Berthold, donated 4 posters from the Print Shoppe, a former printing company in Defiance where he used to work.  This is one for a Men’s Glee Club concert, but doesn’t have a date.  Mr. Berthold said that the Print Shoppe would print its name on the bottom of posters that it produced for free, as a donation, but when the name of the company was not on the poster, then it was printed for a fee.

One of the other posters he donated was for a Purple Masque performance of the play, “Chicken Every Sunday.”  The Archives has a program for a performance of that play, which was in 1948.  The days of the week in the program and poster match, so it’s probable that that poster was from 1948.

But I wasn’t able to find anything about a Men’s Glee Club concert from the same period, nor does the Archives have a copy of the photo on the poster.  Though the type font styles make me think that the other three posters are from the same era.

Here’s another one, about an intriguing basketball game against the University of Mexico:

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I looked in the yearbooks from that era, and searched the student newspapers from the late 40s and early 50s, but so far have not found out anything about this game.  How did DC get the chance to play a game with a university from another country?  You would think it would be an important enough event to make the Oraculum or the Tom-Tom.

A poster not pictured is about a night football game between DC and Adrian, played at Bryan High School, also undated.  Clearly, some research is in order to find out more about these events!

Our enthusiastic thanks to Mr. Berthold for saving the posters and keeping them in such nice condition all these years.  He said the Print Shoppe closed in 1982.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives.






In recent decades, it’s become a DC tradition to have a Valentine’s Day group portrait taken in Defiance Hall lobby of faculty and staff who wear red for the occasion.  We think the above picture was taken in 2005.

Back row, left to right: President Gerald Wood, Beverly Harrington, Lou Joost, David Stuckey, Kathy Punches, Carolyn Gilgenbach, Randy Lydum, Cindy Shaffer, and Sheri McCoy.   Front row: Vickie Rhodes, Judy Lymanstall, and Sue Dumire.

The tradition has grown in popularity.  Here’s the group portrait from 2014:


It’s become an event, with the Chamber Singers performing and sometimes refreshments are offered.   A fun way to commemorate Valentine’s Day.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives




This photo is of DC students shoveling snow as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project in 1999.  I wasn’t able to find anything in the Defender student newspaper on where the service was performed or what else may have taken place that day.  We have some other photos taken at the same time of students washing walls and windows inside buildings.



This picture was taken during a Martin Luther King. Jr. Day event that was co-sponsored by BASA and Service Leaders in 2001.  Local K-4 students were invited to Dana Hall on campus.  Service Leaders and BASA members taught them about King’s life and message.  The children read material about Dr. King, colored a poster, made dream catchers, played games, and had refreshments, according to the article by Jackie Broering in the January 24, 2001 Defender.   Because the children in the photo are minors, we had to obscure their faces.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives



As America mourns a hero, Defiance College remembers his visit to campus in the early 1970s.

John Glenn spoke on the Defiance College campus as part of the Fall 1971 Forum series, with the title, “America Today.”  Dave Rawson’s story in the Defender of Sept. 28, 1971 said that Glenn talked about the current problems facing the country in 1971, that they partly stemmed from rapid strides in technology.  He called on listeners to make use of educational opportunities so that they would be equipped to help solve the problems.


Glenn took the time to chat to various people on campus, as he is doing here in Enders Student Union.  Maxie Lambright, who was on the Education faculty at the time, remembers Glenn talking to him in his office for an extended period of time, and that the former astronaut was very congenial and easy to talk to.


This is a photo of Glenn and his wife (right), with two Defiance College students during the Glenns’ visit to campus.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives




Postcard of Sisson Hall postmarked June 1914

I picked up this postcard of Sisson Hall at a flea market recently.  It’s similar to another in the archives that used the same photo, but the wording printed across the top of this new find was in a different format.

This one from the flea market is addressed to Mr. Oscar Dupes (Duper?) in Lima, and was postmarked June 15, 1914 in Defiance.  Here’s a scan of the reverse side and message:


I’ll transcribe the message as best I can.  Most of the writing is clear but there are a few bits that are not:

“Hello Oscar,

Arrived all O.K. last night at five o’clock. Everything going along real well.  Our room Oscar is a two-by-four with two chairs, a little tiny table, an old dresser an[d] a memory calendar hanging[?] on the wall.  Will lots of funny things to tell you when I see you.  All the rooms are full & many were sent to private homes.  You ought to have seen sister & I at the breakfast table this morning.  Just about frightened to pieces.  Will write more soon.  From Lelo [Selo?]  Trowbridge Hall Defiance College, Defiance Ohio.”

There are clues to DC history in this message.  The Archives doesn’t have very much on life at DC during summer school in the 1910’s, so the information on the card is particularly interesting.  Since the writer just arrived on campus and it was postmarked June 15, it’s a good guess that he/she was probably taking summer school classes, as DC’s Commencement was on June 10 that year.  Here is the summer course catalog for 1914, which states that one session did begin on June 15:  1914 summer catalog

The description of the room furnishings is also interesting, since we don’t have many photos of what dormitory rooms looked like from the era.  The writer was likely female, since she included Trowbridge Hall as her return address.  In that time period, Trowbridge was a women’s residence hall.  Perhaps there were no postcards of Trowbridge available on campus at the time, so she sent one of Sisson, which was the men’s dormitory on campus.

Moral of the story: even ephemeral documents like postcards can be valuable sources of history.

Barb Sedlock

Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives