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Ohio Network of American History
and Research Centers

The Ohio Network of American History Research Centers was established in 1970 to further the collection, preservation, and accessibility of Ohio records and other resource materials. Since that time an increasing number of county offices, often troubled by storage shortages, have transferred many old records to the regional center. Each center's holdings include a microfilmed collection of area newspapers. These newspaper collections are a part of the Ohio Newspaper Project. This project is a growing collection of microfilmed newspapers from each region in Ohio. The expanding collection includes newspapers from the pioneer era to recent times. These are special collections facilities and their holdings do not circulate. Users of the collections are expected to register and abide by rules that safeguard the unique materials.



This is a clickable map. Just click over the color that contains the county or counties that you are interested in and you will go to the area of the document that contains the archival center that services that county or counties. There is also a color coded table below the map that gives the names of the archival centers.

University of Akron
Archival Services
Polsky Bldg.
Akron, OH 44325-1702
(330)972-7670

Ohio University
Archives and Special Collections
Alden Library
Athens, OH 45701-2712
(614)593-2712

Bowling Green State University
Center for Archival Collections
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0175
(419)372-2411

Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-1788
(216)721-5722

University of Cincinnati
Archives and Rare Books Department
Blegen Library
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113
(513)556-1959

Wright State University
Special Collections and Archives
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(513)873-2092

Ohio Historical Society
Archives-Library Division
1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211-2497
(614)297-2510

Youngstown Historical Center
of Industry and Labor
Archives and Library
P.O. Box 533
151 West Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44501
(216)743-5934


Bowling Green State University
Center for Archival Collections

Counties Archived at BGSU With Links to my pages about that county:

Allen

Crawford

Defiance

Erie

Fulton

Henry

Huron

Lucas

Ottawa

Paulding

Putnam

Sandusky

Seneca

Van Wert

Williams

Wood

Wyandot

University of Akron
Archival Services
  • Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M
  • Location: Lower level of the Polsky Building. (Once you enter the Polsky building, go to the three elevators in the center of the building. Push "B" for basement. As you exit the elevators on the lower level, go to your left to the first door you see which is marked "Archival Services/Special Collections.")
  • Library & Archives Contents:
    • Official records of The University of Akron
    • Official records of Buchtel College
    • Publications, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts produced by and about the University
    • Archival Services collects and preserves the personal papers and historical records of governments, businesses, and civic organizations for the region
    • Collections: Include the B-26 Marauder Society, the 9th Air Force Association, the Canal Society of Ohio, and the Erie Lackawanna Railroad

Counties Archived at UOA With Links to my pages about that county:

Ashland

Coshocton

Holmes

Portage

Richland

Stark

Summit

Tuscarawas

Wayne

Ohio University
Archives and Special Collections
  • Hours:
    8am - 5pm Monday - Friday year round
    Noon - 4pm Saturday when classes are in session
  • Library & Archives Contents:
    • Manuscript collections include a broad range of materials, with particular strengths in the history of southeastern Ohio and the field of journalism
    • The county-by-county Guide to Local Government Records at the Ohio University Libraries for our 18 county area, and related information

  • Staff Members:
    1. George W. Bain,
      Head of Archives & Special Collections
      E-mail: gbain1@ohiou.edu
    2. Sheppard Black,
      Special Collections Librarian
      E-mail: sblack1@ohiou.edu
    3. Doug McCabe,
      University Records Manager
      E-mail: dmccabe1@ohiou.edu
    4. Karen Jones,
      Senior Secretary
      E-mail: kjones1@ohiou.edu

Counties Archived at UOA With Links to my pages about that county:

Athens

Belmont

Gallia

Guernsey

Hocking

Jackson

Lawrence

Meigs

Monroe

Morgan

Muskingum

Noble

Perry

Pike

Ross

Scioto

Vinton

Washington

Western Reserve Historical Society Library
  • Hours:
    Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m
  • Location: Cleveland's University Circle, 5 miles east of downtown. Take I-90 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. exit. Follow MLK for approximately 2 miles until you reach E. 105th St. In front of you is a traffic circle - enter at the bottom of the circle, and exit at the top. Now you are on East Blvd. Follow East Blvd. for one block, and the WRHS is on the left side.
  • Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 6 - 12 years of age. Members of the WRHS and children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. The admission fee includes entry to the History Museum, Library and Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. There is a fee to park in the museum lot.
  • Library & Archives Contents:
    • Principal repository for histories, records, and papers relating to the growth and development of Cleveland and that portion of northeastern Ohio once known as the Connecticut Western Reserve
    • Holdings (Comprise more than six million items)
      • 235,000 books
      • 25,000 volumes of newspapers
      • 30,500 rolls of microfilm
      • 1,000,000 prints and photographs
      • More than 3,000 collections of manuscripts and archives

Counties Archived at WRHS With Links to my pages about that county:

Ashtabula

Cuyahoga

Geauga

Lake

Lorain

Medina

University of Cincinnati
Archives and Rare Books Department
(Telnet support required)
Also, you may need to login as "uclid"
  • Hours:
    8am - 5pm Monday - Friday year round
  • Principal repository for histories, records, and papers relating to the growth and development of Cincinnati and that portion of southwestern Ohio

Counties Archived at UOC With Links to my pages about that county:

Adams

Brown

Butler

Clermont

Clinton

Hamilton

Highland

Warren

Ohio Historical Society
Archives-Library Division
  • Hours:
    9am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday year round
  • Location: I-71 and 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Historical Center is within 10 minutes driving time of downtown Columbus.
  • Phone: (614) 297-2510
  • E-mail: reference@ohiohistory.org You can view information about the Archives/Library at http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/index.html
  • Online catalog (OPAC) access: Many of the OHS A/L books and serials holdings can be searched online through the online public access catalog (OPAC) of the Ohio State University Libraries at http://www.lib.ohio-state.edu. When looking at the item screen for a title, just look for a location which begins with OHS to determine if the OHS A/L holds the item. They plan to have their own OPAC in early 1998.
  • One of the finest collections of genealogical and historical records in the state is available at the Ohio Historical Society Library. They are responsible for preserving historically valuable records of the state and serve as the archives for the state of Ohio.
  • OHS LISTING OF HOLDINGS

    1. Catalogs available: Newspaper, Manuscript, Government Records, Books and Pamphlets
    2. Ohio County History Surname Index (aka Ohio Surname Index)
    3. Graves Registration File (an alphabetical listing of veterans buried in Ohio)
    4. Published and Unpublished materials of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) [WPA surveys describe church, county, and other records and are valuable for researchers.]
    5. Microfilm Copies of many early Ohio county records
    6. Regional Archival Records
    7. Magnificent Collection of Ohio Newspapers
    8. Large holdings of Genealogies (family histories)
    9. County and other Local Histories
    10. Ohio Vital Records (The original death records from 1908 though 1944 have been transferred to the Ohio Historical Society as part of a new, but onging, process that will recur each year for records that have reached 50 years archival age. Currently you can access a microfiche index to Ohio death records, Dec. 20, 1908-1944)
    11. Deeds and other Land Records (Early records of land grants, bounty land, and land purchases are available at the Ohio Historical Society.)
    12. Tax Lists
    13. City Directories
    14. Atlases and Maps
    15. Military Records
    16. Manuscript Collections
    17. Federal Census Records and Census Indexes
    18. Mortality Schedules
    19. Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
    20. Biographies
    21. Divorce Records
    22. DAR Transcriptions
    23. Immigration Records
    24. Local Government Records
    25. Naturalization Records
    26. Quadrennial Enumerations
    27. Family Search ©

Counties Archived at OHS With Links to my pages about that county:

Delaware

Fairfield

Fayette

Franklin

Knox

Licking

Madison

Marion

Morrow

Pickaway

Union

Youngstown Historical Center
of Industry and Labor
Archives and Library
  • Hours:
    Wednesdays, 9AM 5PM
    Thursdays, 1PM 9PM
    Saturdays, 9AM 5PM
    Closed on major holidays
  • LOCATION: On the second floor of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor, which is located at 151 West Wood Street, across from St. Columba's Cathedral, two blocks south of the Youngstown State University campus.
  • COLLECTIONS: Focus on collecting, preserving, and facilitating the use of materials documenting industrial, labor, urban, and ethnic history in northeastern Ohio.
    • These materials include photographs, books, local government records, audio-visual materials, oral histories, microfilmed newspapers, blueprints, posters, pamphlets, ephemera, and archival and manuscript materials.
    • Both original and microfilmed records of county offices, cities and villages, townships, and school districts
    • Family Search ©
    • Types of archives and manuscripts range from company and union records to personal papers of business leaders and union officials to papers of ordinary laborers
    • Photograph collections that focus on life and work in the region's industries and cities
    • Newspapers: Slovak Youngstownske Slovenske Noviny, the Hungarian Amerika Magyar Hirlap, German Youngstown Rundschau and Italian Youngstown Cittadino Italo-Americano
    • Company and union publications on microfilm
    • Oral history collection includes numerous videotaped interviews with men and women who worked in the area (incuding labor leaders, politicians, and lawyers
    • Book collection: Focus on industrial labor, ethnic and urban history as well as selected works on Ohio in general (Serial holdings include various company newsletters and reports as well as industry journals)

Counties Archived at YHCIL With Links to my pages about that county:

Carroll

Harrison

Jefferson

Mahoning

Trumbull

Robot for Wright State University Archives
Special Collections and Archives
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
  • Dunbar Library Hours: Monday: 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Tuesday: 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Wednesday: 8:30 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
    Thursday: 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Friday: 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Saturday: CLOSED
    Sunday: 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    These hours are applicable for the academic quarter. During quarter breaks and over the summer term there are no evening or Sunday hours.
  • Location: Special Collections is located on the fourth floor.
  • Email: archive@library.wright.edu
  • Collections:
    • Emphasis on aviation history
    • Major focus is the local and regional history of the Dayton-Miami Valley area of Ohio
    • History of Wright State University
    • Children's literature with an emphasis on works illustrated by Arthur Rackham
    • A living memorial to Orville and Wilbur Wright, the two Dayton brothers who invented powered flight at the turn of the century
      • Repository for the Wright Brothers Collection which comprises over 6,000 items and is one of the most complete records of the Wrights' life and work
      • Hold over seventy other manuscript collections relating to the history of flight
    • Designated repository for local government records and historical manuscript materials from an eleven-county area in central southwestern Ohio
    • Local government records

Counties Archived at WSU With Links to my pages about that county:

Auglaize

Champaign

Clark

Darke

Greene

Logan

Mercer

Miami

Montgomery

Preble

Shelby


Archives and Manuscript Repositories in Ohio, at http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/ohsites.html listed by the Library of Congress on 11/28/97. The Library of Congress can be emailed at lcweb@loc.gov.


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