Western Campus


Western Campus has been around since the early 1850s when the Western Female Seminary was in place.  This institution was established to educate women based on the Mount Holyoke system, a system dedicated to the advancement of women's academics, which was founded in Massachusetts.  Since that time it has had numerous changes occur on the site including new presidents, a name change and numerous new buildings until, finally, in 1974, the Western College for Women closed and the land and all its components merged with Miami University.  This website is dedicated to educating those interested on the history of the main and some of the oldest buildings on Western Campus from Peabody Hall to Boyd Hall and many others in between.  There are many other buildings on Western, but these are the most historically significant.  

Western Campus Map

18 - Boyd Hall
73 - Kumler Chapel
89 - McKee Hall
104 - Peabody Hall
111 - Presser Hall
left of 53 and across street from 89 - Alumnae Hall former location (site)

Significant People in the History of Western Buildings

Dr. William Waddell Boyd - President 1914-1931; President Emeritus 1931-1944

Leila S. McKee - President 1888 -1904

Helen Peabody - President 1855-1888