The mission of the Otterbein Room is to facilitate research related to the history of Otterbein University and the Evangelical United Brethren Church by acquiring, preserving and providing supervised access to historically significant materials.

The Otterbein Room maintains the recorded history of Otterbein University, through documents, photographs, artifacts, and publications of the students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni of the University. The Otterbein Room also holds some materials pertaining to the United Brethren Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren), mostly that which has a direct connection to Otterbein University. A small amount of Westerville historical material that relates to Otterbein is also maintained. In addition, the Otterbein Room holds old, rare, and autographed books from the collection of the Courtright Memorial Library for preservation..

The items found in our archival collections are digital images of historical images, texts, and objects that may be sensitive, or offensive. As an academic institution, we encourage research of both historical and contemporary materials. We encourage you to contact us at if you have concerns.


Browse the Archives & Special Collections:

Cap - Otter Rivalry

Framed Pictures

Historic Music Films

Image Collection

Otterbein Archives Books Collection

Otterbein Traditions

Presidential Inaugurations


The Bejamin Russell Hanby Collection

The Lucinda Lenore Merriss Cornell Collection (1855-1911)

The Spirit of Otterbein

The Upton Challenger - Newsletter of the Upton Evangelical United Brethren Church

Towers Magazine 1926-1999

Towers Magazine 2000- Present