The Ohio State University Alumni Association

All things Ohio State

To celebrate University Archives’ golden anniversary, its staff selected 50 treasures that help tell Ohio State’s story.

They may look like worn boots or commonplace notebooks or shabby hats to someone else. But to us, they are heirlooms. They tell of our studies, our social lives, our sports, our research and so much more. They fill 17,000 boxes and include more than 2 million photographs. This treasure trove of Ohio State memorabilia is found at University Archives, a one-of-a-kind repository that has preserved our institutional memory for five decades. Click the items below for the stories behind them.

Tamar Chute, Michelle Drobik and Kevlin Haire of University Archives selected and described these items.

Take a peek for yourself

University Archives will host an anniversary party and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. May 14 at the facility at 2700 Kenny Road. Come take a tour, participate in a hands-on experience with unique artifacts and watch rarely seen historical film footage. For more information about the event and to discover ways to support University Archives, visit


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