McGuffey Museums in Oxford, Ohio

The early association of McGuffey with Miami University led them to collect his papers and various editions of his readers. The special collections library holds most of this material. There are finding aids are on the following link. Scroll down to William Holmes McGuffey. There are several different finding aids, several with much more information than typical finding aids. http://spec.lib.muohio.edu/publications.php

A digital scan and transcription of McGuffey’s papers is available here: http://doyle.lib.muohio.edu/cdm4/mcguffey

For many years, there was a special display of McGuffey material in the library. This included the 8 sided lazy susan style desk to keep multiple tasks open at once, the way we keeps multiple windows open on our computers today. After years of service as a private home and with various university functions, the house was purchased in 1958 and has been restored to a similar condition to when the McGuffeys lived there.  The McGuffey objects previously on display in the library are now on display in the home. The house is pictured above.
http://www.units.muohio.edu/mcguffeymuseum/
The museum produces a quarterly newsletter known as The McGuffey Report Card. Unfortunately they do not offer postcards, but they have started a series of McGuffey themed Christmas tree ornaments with a new issue every year.

The McGuffey bust off the McGuffey Memorial in front of McGuffey Hall
The McGuffey bust off the McGuffey Memorial in front of McGuffey Hall

Also, on campus, is a McGuffey statue in front of McGuffey hall. The statue consists of a bust with a smaller statue of three children reading from a McGuffey reader behind them.

Often times people say the McGuffey Readers are like those Laura read, but the biggest period of McGuffey Readers had already passed before Laura came along and she didn’t use them. In Walnut Grove she used the Watson Independent Reader and De Smet used the Swinton series (with a few other texts also required). However, according to one author, part of the McGuffey appeal was there emphasis on proper public speaking and reading aloud and that tradition was certainly alive and well in Laura’s education.

UPDATE 2014: I have more McGuffey links to add. One is the text of the program given at the conference by the lady in charge of the McGuffey special collection
http://csaa.typepad.com/country_school_associatio/files/McGuffeyCollectionsatMiamiUniversity.pdf

The other is a children’s information sheet put out by the National Park Service.
http://csaa.typepad.com/country_school_associatio/files/NPSmcguffey.pdf

McGuffey and His Readers – Book on Internet Archive
https://archive.org/details/williamholmesmcg00minn

Find McGuffey’s grave on FindaGrave:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11261291

Find reprints of the 1836 version from Mott Media:
http://www.mottmedia.com/pages/publications.asp?Pub=mcguffey

Find reprints of  a later version from John Wiley and Sons:
http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-WILEY2_SEARCH_RESULT.html?query=McGuffey

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

4 thoughts on “McGuffey Museums in Oxford, Ohio”

  1. Debbie & Drew
    Found this xcellent website about fascinating subject they actually have
    a great museum about William McGuffey at Oxford, Ohio @ Miami Univ. where he taught. .. I was very surprised to find the universitario hadn’t made him out to be a joke, knowing how colleges are these saya. But they actually have a statue & everythingto honor him! If you don’t get this website I’m going to try to send , try googling his name.
    Doug

  2. A great museum to visit! Lots of original school books and the different rooms of the house are decorated nicely in Victorian style. The staff was also very informative. Be sure to stop there if you are near!

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