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OPAL Digital Collections

The shared OPAL Digital Collections project.
Student sitting at desk writing letter

"A Daily Letter to the Boys." 1943-1944
Bluffton University Archives

Cover of Jubilee catalog

Jubiläums Katalog 1888-1913
Pontifical College Josephinum Collections

Walsh University Pandemic Stories Oral History Project

Pandemic Stories Oral History Project
Walsh University

People gathered in street outside Gegner's Barbershop

Gegner's Barbershop Demonstration March 14, 1964
Antiochiana: Gegner Barbershop Protests

Cardinal J. H. Newman Statuette

Cardinal J.H. Newman Statuette
Father James J. Bacik Archive, Lourdes University

The OPAL Digital Collections represent the collective digital content of the OPAL member libraries.  In aggregate, the Digital Collections represent more than 85 collections with over 18,000 items, including photographs, sound recordings, yearbooks, and other printed and manuscript materials.

Many of those collections are maintained within OPAL's shared instance of OCLC's CONTENTdma digital asset management platform provided by OCLC and hosted in the cloud. The platform provides libraries with easy-to-use tools for building, managing, and showcasing digital collections to the world, with the ability to personalize and brand individual collections as well.

Several OPAL libraries use their own independent digital object management platforms for their digital collections, including bepress and Rescarta.

Members interested in participating in the OPAL Digital Collections initiative can find more details about participating in CONTENTdm on the information page or contact OPAL Support.

You can find links to each institution's digital collection below:

Antioch College
Antioch College

Antiochiana, the Archives & Special Collections of Antioch College, began in 1905 as a collection of historical artifacts gathered by librarian Bessie L. Totten (1876-1963), Antioch College class of 1900. The term “Antiochiana” first appeared in 1898.

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Defiance College
Defiance College

The Defiance College Memory collection contains over 4,300 digitized documents and images from the Defiance College Archives, including course catalogs, yearbooks, student newspapers, local history and items of interest, as well as the archives of the now closed Schauffler College.

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Pontifical College Josephinum
Pontifical College Josephinum

These collections document the life and vision of the institutional founder Joseph Jessing, the development and history of the seminary and highlight its contributions to the life of the Church in the United States.

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Wilmington College
Wilmington College

Rare documents, images, and other archived college and Quaker resources, as well as an internationally renowned collection of atomic bombing and nuclear disarmament documents and artifacts from 1945 to the present.

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Baldwin Wallace University
Baldwin Wallace University

Includes photographs, yearbooks, student newspapers, priceless manuscripts and scores by, and relating to, composer Johann Sebastian Bach as well as the Folk Songs of Rural Ohio.

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Lourdes University
Lourdes University

Includes articles, published works, photographs, and more concerning the life and career of Father James J. Bacik.

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University of Findlay
University of Findlay

University of Findlay Memory digital archive contains digitized items physically located in University Archives in Shafer Library. We are adding new digitized items to Memory on a weekly basis.

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Bluffton University
Bluffton University

Explore digitized content from Bluffton University's Archives & Special Collections: photographs, event programs, the student newspaper, and more.

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Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Browse class photographs dating from the School of Nursing's founding in 1903, as well as The Mount Carmel School of Nursing yearbooks since its founding in 1886.

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Ursuline College
Ursuline College

The Ursuline College digital collection documents the history of the college from its founding in 1871 to present day through photographs, yearbooks and other primary source materials.

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John Carroll University
John Carroll University

Carroll Collected is a digital resource dedicated to gathering, preserving, and providing access to the scholarly and creative works of the John Carroll community and the records that document our achievements. 

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Otterbein University
Otterbein University

The Digital Commons @ Otterbein advances scholarship, promotes research and cross-disciplinary collaboration through the dissemination and preservation of research, instructional and creative digital materials created by the Otterbein community, and sustains the historical legacy of Otterbein University.

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Walsh University
Walsh University

Find an assorted array of collections featuring both Walsh University history and student projects.

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