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Ohio Northern University, Office of the University Chaplain Records

Identifier: 0032

Collection Overview

The Office of University Chaplain records contain a variety of materials documenting religious life at Ohio Northern University (ONU). Notably, the collection contains recordings of speeches delivered at ONU by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Coretta Scott King, Dr. Yolanda King, and Dr. Bernice King. The bulk of the materials are various printed materials that promoted religious life opportunities at ONU including chapel services. Additionally, the collection contains a history of the Office of the University Chaplain compiled by former-Chaplain Vernon LaSala in 2012.


  • Creation: 1957-2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Note: In compliance with University Policy 6.1 if the user is affiliated with a media organization, or if the intended outcome for archival work is create a product that wil be featured by the media, then the user should first contact ONU's Communication and Marketing Office to coordinate their archival research/media request.

Conditions Governing Use

Ohio Northern University maintains copyright for institutional records in accordance with U.S. copyright law. Collections may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not help. Users are responsible for determining the appropriate use and reuse of materials.

Administrative History

In 1899 Ohio Northern University became a United Methodist Church affiliated university, which laid the groundwork for the creation of the Office of the University Chaplain. The University Chaplain is part of the Office of Student Life and is responsible for providing leadership and support for religious and spiritual life at Ohio Northern University.


2.3 Linear Feet (6 containers)

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The University Chaplain Records document various aspects of religious life at Ohio Northern University. Notably, the collection documents aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the King family's visits to campus.

Digital Copies

Digital copies of the speeches delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Coretta Scott King, Dr. Yolanda King, and Dr. Bernice King are available upon request.


As an academic archives that strives to advance historical research and understanding of our shared histories, the ONU Archives is committed to preserving and making accessible original, historic materials. This commitment to preserving materials in an uncensored form means that collections may contain offensive text, images, or recordings.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Graduate Intern Andrew Taylor, and then updated by Matt Francis in the summer of 2023. Extra copies of printed materials were removed from the collection. Due to community research interests, King family materials were arranged into their own series.

Ohio Northern University, Office of the University Chaplain Records, 1957-2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Ohio Northern University Archives Repository

Heterick Memorial Library
525 South Main Street
Ada Ohio 45810 United States