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Xavier University Collection of Clippings Scrapbooks

Identifier: XUA-121

Scope and Contents

The collection of clippings scrapbooks, 1843-1844, contains clippings from a variety of nineteenth century Cincinnati newspapers such as the Cincinnati Gazette and Cincinnati Atlas as well as national papers. The majority of the clippings report on Nativists riots in Philadelphia and St. Louis (1844) and Cincinnati's response to them. Other topics include violence against the Church of Latter Day Saints of Jesus Christ in Nauvoo, Illinois and the resulting death of founder Joseph Smith, reports of Fremont's expedition through Oregon territory and the Rocky Mountains, devastation from weather events such as floods, and politics and government. There are clippings on the annual exercises of St. Xavier College, detailing the speeches and performances of students. The first page of the 1843-1844 scrapbook exhibits evidence of a clipping pasted over a handwritten document.


  • Creation: 1843-1845, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research access. Materials must be viewed in the University Archives and Special Collections Research Room by appointment only.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is in the public domain.

History of Xavier University

Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) traces its roots to the Athenaeum, founded by Bishop Edward Fenwick in 1831. Its administration was taken over by the Society of Jesus in 1840, who renamed it St. Xavier College. The college moved from downtown Cincinnati to its present campus in 1919. In 1930 the college was renamed Xavier University.


.05 Cubic Feet (2 bound scrapbooks)

Language of Materials



Xavier University Collection of Clippings Scrapbooks contains scrapbooks of clippings from a variety of nineteenth century Cincinnati and national newspapers, primarily on the topic of Nativism.


The scrapbooks are organized in its original order.

Physical Access Information

The scrapbooks are in very fragile condition.

Other Finding Aids

Contact UASC staff for inventory of "oversize archives acquisitions" (created in 2007) found in University Archives and Special Collections.

Custodial History

St. Xavier College bookplates (used before 1930) indicate that these scrapbooks were collected and created by faculty or students and stored in the library during the nineteenth century. The scrapbooks were then transferred to University Archives at some point in the 1970s. One (scrapbook, 1844-1845) had been collocated with other scrapbooks and assigned an identification number (E1).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in University Archives, 2013

Processing Information

UASC staff located one scrapbook (1843-1844) in a subject-based collection that was created by former staff during a re-processing project in 2013. The scrapbook was removed from the artifical collection (Xavier in the 19th century) and rehoused in an acid-free protective enclosure. It was rejoined with the scrapbook collection that was maintained by the University Library and transferred to University Archives sometime in the 1970s.

Xavier University Collection of Clippings Scrapbooks
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati Ohio 45207 US