Scenes from Miami University from the Journal-News archives, showing nostalgia of the former campus life.

Throwback Thursday: Black-and-white photos show what life used to be like on Miami University’s campus

Miami University, known as the “Yale of the West,” was chartered by the State of Ohio on Feb. 17, 1809.

We went into the Journal-News archives to look for photos showing what life was like on the Miami campus in the black-and-white photo era.

Do you recognize these parts of campus? What about the outfits or the places under construction?

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Miami University, established in 1809, is among the oldest in the country. It took its name from the Native American tribe that once inhabited Ohio’s Miami Valley region. The university and the Miami tribe, now located in Oklahoma, continue to maintain strong ties.

To commemorate Miami University’s chartering in 1809, the Charter Day Ball is held every three years. The formal dance, for students, faculty and staff, was first held in 1976. The next ball will be held Feb. 17.


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