Untold Stories Through

Time and Change

Curated by Ohio State archivists, the Carmen Collection is a vivid, ongoing record of the people and events that have shaped one of the world’s most diverse learning institutions over the past 150 years. We invite you to explore these stories. Individually, they range from surprising to inspiring. Collectively, they reflect an institution of students, faculty and administrators advocating for a more inclusive, more tolerant, and more understanding future.

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Eliminating Obstacles

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The OSU34

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Passing the Baton

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Fellowship far from home: The International Wives Club

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Up for a challenge: Rosetta Armour

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Changing the chilly climate: The Women’s Grass Roots Network

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Communal living in Ohio Stadium

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Cultivating familia on campus

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Answering a Chinese Atrocity on Ohio State’s Campus

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Encompassing “all the things that make us human” The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective

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Class president, football player, Horton Society member—and son of an escaped former slave

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A home for Jewish studies, culture and traditions

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Iranian unrest roils Ohio State campus

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Moving the transgender conversation forward

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A crown that came with a message: “There are more people who think like us than otherwise”

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Two sisters shock the president

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Harvesting Opportunity

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A Woman with Designs for the Future

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Pride’s Footsteps

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Not Staying in Her Lane

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Bridging the Gap

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Denied Campus Housing based on "Color and Tradition"

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Creating a cultural touchstone, promoting consciousness and unity

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Black Studies Broadcast Journal

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Advancing Deaf Culture in the Classroom and Beyond

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Heart and Soul

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A Transforming Gift

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Pioneering Women

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Blind Without Bounds

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Making Ohio State more accessible for all

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New voices, new images

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Native American student activism paves way for more inclusive campus culture

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The Need for Social Change

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Uniting Through Multiculturalism

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An Urgent Mission

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Ohio State's first black alumna could not be denied

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A Legacy of Achievement

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Coming Home

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A Presidential First

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Noteworthy Marching

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The Art of the Matter

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A Strong Voice for Students

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A Library for all users

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Leaving a Legacy of Activism

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Creating International Gateways

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A Home Away from Home for International Students

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A Black Journalist finds his calling

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An Outlet for Black Student Self-Expression

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A Tireless Visionary

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Standing Strong against Hate

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Generations of activists forge an LGBTQ-inclusive university

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A trailblazing student's rise to faculty

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The Mother of Multicultural Literature

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Forging Her Own Path

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Forty-four Years of Virtuous Struggle

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A Music Teacher's path to Listening to the Skies

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Helping Educators Connect Diverse Students with Agriculture

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Morrill Scholarship Program empowers Ohio State Students

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Disability Services: Compliance, Understanding and Change

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Advancing Health Equity through Diversity in Medicine

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Land Grant Origins

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The Courage to Start Anew

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Creative Independence

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“Dynamic” Stephanie Peters ’86 Served as the First African American Woman Senior Class President

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First Woman Appointee Offered Unique Voice on Board of Trustees

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First Deaf Student to Live On Campus Faced Enormous Barriers

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Japanese dairy giant got his start as one of Ohio State’s first international students

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Peggy Wilson Championed Underrepresented Students in Medicine

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Marla Berkowitz: Hope Through ASL

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Divine Nine: A Collective Enhancing and Empowering African American Students and the Community

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Josué Cruz Jr. championed underrepresented Buckeyes

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Bravely blazing the path for women’s studies at Ohio State

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Peter Clark, Patricia James became Ohio State’s first Black trustees

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Students with disabilities sought education, independence at Ohio State Lima

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Black Expression Through Dance

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Bebe Miller: A Defining Choreographic Voice

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Blazing her own trail while following in the footsteps of others

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Mary P. Key: Leaving a Legacy of Diversity

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