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Can genealogists find information on former students in the Defiance College archives?

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014  |  14 Views

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Yes, genealogists and other researchers can find information on former students and others associated with Defiance College in the archives.  Many historical resources that list Defiance College student names are available in digital form, from any computer that has internet access. 


Catalogs: Course catalogs from the early 1900’s through mid-century often had enrolled students’ names listed in the back


Yearbooks:  These are all the known copies of the Oraculum yearbook published between 1908-2005.


Commencement programs:  Most programs list the graduating students’ names.


Unpublished roster of alumni:  This document lists known graduates between 1888-1980


Magazines and newspapers:  This page gives you access to the various magazines and newspapers published by Defiance College.  While they are not text-searchable, you can find an issue published by date when your relative attended the College, and read it to see whether he/she is mentioned.


Other resources that have not yet been digitized may be accessed during the hours the archives are open, usually 8AM-9PM Monday through Thursday and 8AM-4:30PM Friday during the regular school year.  Contact Barb Sedlock for more information (419.783.2487 or

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