As one of the oldest educational exchange programs in the U.S., Oberlin Shansi has a rich history, and fortunately, some of that history has been documented over the years with pictures, letters and other material culture by Shansi Reps, Fellows, partners, and staff members.
In collaboration with Shansi, the Oberlin College Archives and Ann Sherif (Professor of East Asian Studies, Oberlin College) and Bonnie Cheng (Associate Professor of Art History and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College) have used a grant to digitize a sample of Shansi’s material archives. Such items as photos from the early 20th century and full issues of the former Shansi newsletter Dragon Tracks, published from 1938-1946, can be found in the Shansi Archive Project.
Some of this material history can also be accessed physically through the Oberlin College Archives, which houses many Shansi artifacts in several different collections. Click here for information on these collections and how to access them.