Genealogy: Ohio, Library and society resource list

Ohio, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Ohio Genealogical Society:
  2. Ohio Historical Society:
  3. State Library of Ohio:

University Archives and Collections (40)

  1. Antioch University:
  2. Ashland University:
  3. Bluffton University:
  4. Bowling Green State University. Center for Archival Collections:
  5. Bowling Green State University. Historical Collections of the Great Lakes:
  6. Bowling Green State University. Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives:
  7. Bowling Green State University. Popular Culture Library:
  8. Business and Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley:
  9. Case Western Reserve University. Dittrick Medical History Center:
  10. Case Western Reserve University. Special Collections:
  11. Case Western Reserve University. University Archives:
  12. Cedarville University:
  13. Denison University:
  14. John Carroll University. Special Collections:
  15. John Carroll University. University Archives:
  16. Kent State University:
  17. Miami University. Archives:
  18. Miami University. Special Collections:
  19. Oberlin College. Archives:
  20. Oberlin College. Special Collections:
  21. Ohio Historical Society:
  22. Ohio State University. Archives:
  23. Ohio State University. Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies:
  24. Ohio State University. Medical Heritage Center:
  25. Ohio State University. Rare Books and Manuscripts:
  26. Ohio State University. University Archives:
  27. Ohio University:
  28. Ohio University, Chillicothe:
  29. Ohio Wesleyan University:
  30. Otterbein College:
  31. University of Akron:
  32. University of Cincinnati. Archives and Rare Books:
  33. University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center:
  34. University of Dayton. Archives and Special Collections:
  35. University of Dayton. Marian Library:
  36. University of Dayton. Rare Books & Special Collections:
  37. University of Toledo:
  38. Wilberforce University:
  39. Wright State University. Fordham Health Sciences Library:
  40. Wright State University. Special Collections:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (23)

  1. Alliance–Rodman Public Library:
  2. Barberton–Barberton Public Library:
  3. Cincinnati–Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives:
  4. Cincinnati-Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, History & Genealogy Department:
  5. Cincinnati–Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:
  6. Cleveland–Cleveland City Archives:
  7. Cleveland–Cleveland Public Library. Photograph Collection:
  8. Cleveland–Cleveland Public Library. Special Collections:
  9. Cleveland–Western Reserve Historical Society:
  10. Columbus–Ohio Historical Society:
  11. Delaware–Delaware County Historical Society/Delaware County Genealogical Society Local History and Genealogy:  Library:
  12. Eaton–Preble County District Library, Preble County Room:
  13. Fremont–Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library:
  14. Lane–Lane Public Library:
  15. Lloyd–Lloyd Library and Museum:
  16. Marrietta–Washington County Public Library:
  17. Medina–Medina County District Library:
  18. Munroe Falls–Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library:
  19. Piqua–Flesh Public Library:
  20. Sandusky–Sandusky Library:
  21. Shaker Heights–Shaker Heights Public Library: History/
  22. Toledo–Toledo-Lucas County Public Library:
  23. Worthington–Worthington Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (11)

  1. American Jewish Archives:
  2. Archdiocese of Cincinnati:
  3. Archives of Ohio United Methodism:
  4. Cuyahoga County Archives:
  5. Erie Lackawanna Historical Society:
  6. Hilandar Research Library:
  7. Mahoning Valley Historical Society:
  8. Sandusky Library:
  9. United Church of Christ:
  10. Western Reserve Historical Society:
  11. Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. OhioLINK – Ohio Library and Information Network:

This site provides six main electronic services: a library catalog, research databases, a multi-publisher electronic journal center, a digital media center, a growing collection of e-books, and an electronic theses and dissertations center.

Digital Library Collections (10)

  1. Ohio Memory:
  2. The Cleveland Memory Project:
  3. Case Western Reserve University, University Library, Digital Library Services:
  4. Cleveland Public Library, CLEVNET Digital Library Connection:
  5. Cleveland State University Library, Special Collections, Cleveland Digital Library: Virtual Cleveland History:
  6. Cleveland Memory Project:
  7. Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Memory:
  8. SOLO Regional Library System, Digital Shoebox Collections:
  9. Worthington Libraries and Worthington Historical Society, Worthington Memory:
  10. Wright State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collections: