About the Barker Collection
Valentine Barker was a 1911 graduate of the Ohio Mechanics Institute comprehensive art program. Works from his time as a student, and during his professional career were donated to University of Cincinnati by Barker's family. Select works from the Barker Collection can be found on the Student Work and Advertisement Work pages.
Barker was born in Avondale, Ohio in 1890. While an OMI student he pursued commercial art working for Jones Sign Company and various retail stores in Cincinnati.
After graduation, Valentine worked as an illustrator for the Courier Journal and as designer calligrapher for Tinsley-Mayer Engravers, Louisville Kentucky.
Ohio Mechanics Institute
The Ohio Mechanics Institute (OMI) was founded in 1828 as a private educational institution and the first school west of the Alleghenies dedicated to technical education. The school began by offering free evening lectures to the the community . OMI is a source institution for University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science. The institute became a vital technology resource boosting the Cincinnati economy during the early development of the city.
OMI operated exclusively as an evening college until 1901 when the school began to also offer full-time courses as a technical high school. By the early 20th century, the school had general courses in architecture, mechanics, science, and applied art . In 1919 the day courses were revised into collegiate programs and the school was renamed as the Ohio College of Applied Science . OMI helped shape early education efforts in Cincinnati.
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 (1911). Industrial education in Cincinnati : description and views of the work in the continuation schools, high schools, Ohio Mechanics Institute, University of Cincinnati. Industrial education in Cincinnatihttp://classic.cincinnatilibrary.org/record=b3369327~S1
 Rieslman, D. (2018). Brief history of University of Cincinnati. https://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/fun/briefhistory.html
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