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.
Lead Librarian and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives