Learn the history of Oakland University buildings and explore the development of the campus on the former Meadow Brook Estate.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Sept. 24, 2016, 1-2pm - Kresge Library, Nyberg Room (room 242, main floor)
An exhibit of historic photographs, documents and objects that tell the story of OU.
Feb. 1-29, 2016, lobby of Kresge Library.
Exhibit in celebration of African American month.
The Broadside Press, based in Detroit, has published African-American poetry since 1965. It was founded by Dudley Randall, a librarian at University of Detroit and a poet himself.
The exhibit showcases his books and those of prominent African American poets like Gwendolyn Brooks, from the collections of Kresge Library. Some copies are signed by the authors.
Nov 16, 2015-Jan.31, 2016, lobby of Kresge Library
Come and see the exhibit on holidays and winter seasons at OU! Historic photographs and documents illustrate winter sports on campus, the Snow Carnival, Meadow Brook Hall holiday celebrations, and more.
Sept. 16-30, 2015, lobby of Kresge Library
Did you know OU had a ski tow in the 1960s? The exhibit in the lobby of Kresge Library features numerous photos, artifacts and documents illustrating athletics at OU from its founding in 1959 to the present.
January 21, 2015-February 28, 2015 - Lobby of Kresge Library
Created for African American Celebration Month, this exhibit covers the life of African American students at OU from the time of the civil rights movement to the present, the support offered by the university to minorities, and the numerous events celebrating African American history at OU.
Additional material is on display in Room 242, KL.
Sept. 20-30, 2014, Kresge Library, Room 242
Class of 1964, come and remember life at Oakland in the early 1960s! Photos, documents and objects are on display in the library. You will be able to browse the Oakland Observer and much more!
Sept. 20-30, 2014, lobby of Kresge Library
While attending Homecoming check out the exhibit in the lobby of Kresge Library. It features photos, objects and documents illustrating athletics and academic life at OU from its founding in 1959 to the present!
June-Sept., 2014, Lobby of Kresge Library
In Fall 1967, 44 Oakland University students went on a study abroad tour in Asia. They stayed in Hong Kong for a semester’s class work under the direction of professors Henry Rosemont and Edward Buote.
March 3-June 21, 2014, Lobby of Kresge Library
OU has grown dramatically since 1959: from 570 students the first year to over 20,000 in 2013-2014; from 3 original buildings to over 40. With growth came exciting opportunities and perplexing challenges. Members of the OU community have all experienced the impact of OU’s growth first hand.