Miami and Oxford History

For many Miamians, Bishop Woods is iconic. It is seen, literally and figuratively, as the gateway to the University and its history is inextricably intertwined with that of the University. The woods is the last remnant on the Oxford Campus of a vast tract of forest that existed when Miami was founded in 1809.

George Washington is represented on the campus of Miami University in the form of a bronze statue made by William James Hubard of Richmond, Virginia. It is a copy of the original marble statue made by French sculptor, Jean Antoine Houdon.

King Library houses The Walter Havighurst Special Collections, containing over over 95,000 historical, literary, and cultural items. The collection includes the archives of Miami University, Western College, and Oxford College.

The Oxford Museum Association is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation and demonstration of nineteenth and early-twentieth century agricultural life in southwest Ohio.

The former home of the presidents of Western College houses the offices of the Western College Alumnae Association, Inc. and the Patterson Place Museum. The Museum collection includes paintings, furniture and other artifacts.

The Smith Library of Regional History collects information on the history of Oxford, surrounding townships, all of Butler County, and other areas of the Miami River Valleys.

The Miami University Archives chronicles University history, administrative business, and teaching activities. Materials include manuscripts, publications, maps, photographs, memorabilia, plans, electronic records and official records.

Warren “Bud” Roudebush (1914-1984) was one of three children born to Wallace P. and Dorothy T. Roudebush. Warren lived with his family in Oxford from 1914-1924 before moving into the McGuffey House on Spring Street in 1925. In 1982, his sister Jane Roudebush Bourne interviewed him about his memories of Miami and Oxford.