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Online Exhibits

Academy of Dramatic Art


Between 1967 and 1977 the Academy of Dramatic Art trained dozens of students to be professional actors.

Buildings at Oakland

Buildings @ OU

Learn the history of Oakland University buildings and explore the development of the campus on the former Meadow Brook Estate.

LGBTIQA at OU and in Michigan

LGBTIQA at OU and in Michigan

Read an overview of LGBTIQA history at OU, and of some LGBT organizations in Michigan since the 1970s. Mary Catherine Moeller has prepared the exhibit as part of a Women and Gender Studies internship.

Diversity online exhibit

Diversity at OU

Explore a timeline of diversity topics and events at Oakland University, ranging from the first international students in 1959 to the first African-American Month celebration in 1969 to a 2011 NSF grant to increase the number of women in STEM fields.

Saints and Sinners Online Exhibit

Meadow Brook
Music Festival

While the Festival has changed from its initial conceptions in regards to programming, it has retained its status as a prominent cultural center within the musical community.    

Saints and Sinners Online Exhibit

OU: Early History

Oakland University opened its doors in 1959, on a brand new campus carved out of the Meadow Brook Estate, with 2 buildings, 24 faculty and about 570 students.

The story of how a few men built this university from scratch is a unique tale of vision and dedication.

Saints and Sinners Online Exhibit

Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners, by Marshall Fredericks, was Oakland University's first major exterior sculpture. The seven bronze figures represent good, evil, temptation, knowledge of good and evil, a saint of the church, a mother and child, and a warrior saint.

Sculptures on Campus Online Exhibit

Sculptures on Campus

The campus of Oakland University boasts a number of outdoor sculptures by well-known artists, most of them with local roots. The most recent addition, The Grizz, is the mascot of the university.


OU Libraries Timeline

OU Libraries Timeline

Explore the history of OU Libraries through the years starting with the temporary library before the ground-breaking ceremony on October 17,1960 up to the latest developments. You can browse by decade or by topic.


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