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Ohio Northern University Archives

Contents and Purpose

The Ohio Northern University Archives acquires, preserves and makes available materials relating to the history and operations of Ohio Northern University and the Ada community. The archives serves university students, faculty, campus offices, and the general public.

Services Offered

Many collections are available online. Please visit the ONU History, Local History, and Genealogical Resources pages for contents. If you are unsure where to start, visit the Quick Start page. 

Please direct all research inquiries and other questions to:


Matt Francis

The following services are offered by the archivist on a time-available basis:

  • Research assistance relating to our historical collections.
  • Scanning and transmitting documents and photographs.

Welcome to the Ohio Northern University Archives

Biggs Engineering

Formerly Ada High School

English Chapel

Cornerstone Ceremony

Hill Building

Before fire of 1913

Ada, Ohio Main Street

From the History of the Ada Community by Agnew Welsh