Jesse Owens Collection

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The Jesse Owens Collection at the University Archives contains more than 70 cubic feet of material and nearly 2,000 photos documenting Owens’ life. The collection was donated by Ruth Owens in 1987 and includes papers, photos and artifacts from Jesse Owens' life, including material from the 1936 Olympics.

For the collection inventory see:

A web exhibit on his life and contributions, which includes photo galleries, can be found at:

For more information, please contact The Ohio State University Archives at 614-292-1767, or by email:


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