First to 50: Middletown Campus History Resources

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Miami University Middletown was founded in 1966 and was the first regional campus in the state of Ohio. Below you may find resources for exploring the history of the campus, compiled in celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2016-17. The Gardner-Harvey Library also maintains a physical archive of historical materials related to the campus.

  • MUM50: Historic Stories - An ongoing collection of stories on the founding of the campus. There is also a link to a timeline of major events in the history of the campus, and a series of MUM Alumni Stories.
  • KAOS Student Newspaper - A searchable database of issues of the Middletown Campus' student newspaper, covering 1967-1983, 1987-1988, 1994, and 1998-2007.
  • Your Campus -- 10 Years Old - A special issue of the Middletown Journal, published on August 22, 1976, in recognition of the campus' 10th anniversary.
  • WPFB MUM Dedication Ceremony - A recording of the Middletown Campus Dedication Ceremony, broadcast on WPFB Radio on on September 5, 1966, featuring a number of speakers and the narration of Bob Cordray (1 hour, 10 minutes). A guide to the dedication ceremony, with time signatures, was created by Rod Nimtz to help you access specific portions of the ceremony.
  • MidPointe Library Digital Archives - A selection of photographs of Miami University Middletown. There are also several photographs of Armco Park, which occupied the space given to Miami University by the Middletown community for the construction of the campus.
  • Gardner-Harvey Library Historical Images - A Google Slides slideshow that includes a selection of photos of the Gardner-Harvey Library, library patrons, and the library staff.

An artist's rendition of the Miami University Middletown Campus prior to its construction in 1966
The image above is an artist's rendition of the Middletown Campus, prior to its opening in 1966.

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