Archival Collections

The Special Collections Division houses the genealogy and local history materials of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Our goal is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the history of Summit County, and to continue to maintain one of the area’s most extensive genealogy collections. Additionally, the Special Collections Division houses the archival collections of the Summit County Historical Society.

All archival materials must be used in Special Collections. To search the collections, please see below.

  • Local History Database
    Search archival materials from Library and Summit County Historical Society collections. (Note: The Local History Database serves as an index to our collections and does not include images.)
  • Summit Memory
    Search our digital collections of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, artifacts and audiovisual resources from the Library, as well as our partner organizations throughout the county.

Finding Aids

Our archival holdings include many individual collections. Finding aids for each are listed below. To view a PDF on the web, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application installed.

 

Collection TitlePDF

A

 

Collection TitlePDF
Acme Man Radio Scripts pdfsymbol
Akron's 175th Anniversary pdfsymbol
Akron Art Time Capsule pdfsymbol
Akron Beacon Journal Spelling Bee News Clippings pdfsymbol
Akron Beacon Journal Veterans Projects pdfsymbol
Akron Crime Clinic Collection pdfsymbol
Akron Digital Media Center Collection pdfsymbol
Akron Jaycees Collection pdfsymbol
Akron Mineral Society pdfsymbol
Akron Motorcycle Dealers and People pdfsymbol
Akron OASIS Collection pdfsymbol
Arbeiter Saengerbund Freiheit Club Collection pdfsymbol

B

 

Collection TitlePDF
Bain E. “Shorty” Fulton Collection pdfsymbol
Berrodin Collection pdfsymbol
Beth El Congregation pdfsymbol
Bloetscher Collection pdfsymbol
Bronson History of Tallmadge and the Western Reserve – Contents pdfsymbol

C

 

Collection TitlePDF
Castel di Sangro Club pdfsymbol
Cauffield Collection pdfsymbol
Coach House Theatre Collection pdfsymbol
Coming Together Project pdfsymbol
Coss Collection pdfsymbol
Cunningham/Cunningham-McCafferty Funeral Home Records, 1906 – 1966 pdfsymbol

D

 

Collection TitlePDF
D. Bruce Mansfield Collection pdfsymbol
Daniel and Anna K. Bender Family Collection pdfsymbol
David McCann Collection pdfsymbol
Dixon Collection pdfsymbol

E

 

Collection TitlePDF
Eastman Collection: Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends pdfsymbol
Edwin Shaw Hospital - Briar Hill Cemetery Collection pdfsymbol

F

 

Collection TitlePDF
Fairlawn Garden Club Collection pdfsymbol
Fairlawn West United Church of Christ pdfsymbol
Fortnightly Study Club Collection pdfsymbol
Frank-Klein Collection pdfsymbol
Frederick J. Ilse Collection pdfsymbol
Furnace Street Mission/ Victim Assistance Program pdfsymbol

G

 

Collection TitlePDF
Garden Forum of Greater Akron Collection pdfsymbol
German American Club Collection pdfsymbol
Glendale Cemetery 175th Collection pdfsymbol
Greater Akron Legal Secretaries Collection pdfsymbol
Greater Akron Touchdown Club pdfsymbol

H

 

Collection TitlePDF
H. L. Ginaven Collection pdfsymbol
Hal Fry Collection pdfsymbol
Harriet Leaf Collection pdfsymbol
High Street Christian Church pdfsymbol

I

 

Collection TitlePDF
Imagine Akron 2025 pdfsymbol
Inventure Place/Inventor's Hall of Fame pdfsymbol

J

 

Collection TitlePDF
Jewish Community Board of Akron Collection pdfsymbol
John Morgan Collection pdfsymbol
John F. Seiberling Collection pdfsymbol
Joseph D. Jesensky Collection pdfsymbol
Junior League of Akron Radio Scripts pdfsymbol

K

 

Collection TitlePDF
Kepler Coss Collection of materials about Green Township pdfsymbol
Sherwood Kessell Collection pdfsymbol
Krumroy Senior Citizens Center Collection pdfsymbol

L

 

Collection TitlePDF
Lawrence Collection pdfsymbol
Lewis Tobias Collection pdfsymbol
Lighter-Than-Air Collection pdfsymbol
Louise Sumner Board Collection pdfsymbol
Lutz Collection of Veterans’ Burial Cards pdfsymbol

M

 

Collection TitlePDF
Memories of Downtown pdfsymbol

N

 

Neighborhood History Project pdfsymbol
Noble Elderkin Collection pdfsymbol
Northern Ohio Golf Charities Collection pdfsymbol

O

 

Collection TitlePDF
Old-Time Athletes Association pdfsymbol
Ott Gangl Collection pdfsymbol
Ott Gangl Kenley Players Collection pdfsymbol
Ott Gangl Ohio Ballet Collection pdfsymbol
Our Lady of the Elms Family History Collection pdfsymbol

P

 

Collection TitlePDF
Pfahl Collection pdfsymbol
Phi Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma Collection pdfsymbol
Pi Beta Phi Akron Alumnae Club pdfsymbol
Pierson Collection pdfsymbol
Polly Paffilas Collection pdfsymbol

R

 

Collection TitlePDF
Ralph Holaday Collection pdfsymbol
Ralph E. (Koehn) Kane Collection pdfsymbol
Richard Gardner Collection pdfsymbol
Roadway Express Collection pdfsymbol
Robert Orr Collection pdfsymbol
Robert W. Little Collection pdfsymbol
Roderic B. Dibbert Collection pdfsymbol
Rubber City Retreads Collection pdfsymbol

S

 

Collection TitlePDF
Saalfield and Werner Publishing Companies Collection pdfsymbol
Saint Paul's Catholic Church pdfsymbol
Six-Hour Day Collection pdfsymbol
Smith-Clouse Collection pdfsymbol
Soap Box Derby Collection pdfsymbol
Sounds of the City pdfsymbol
Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society pdfsymbol
Summit County Medical Society Collection pdfsymbol
Summit Regional Council of Catholic Women pdfsymbol

T

 

Collection TitlePDF
Thomas Knowles Collection pdfsymbol
“The Times They Were A-Changin’: Akron Remembers 1968” Oral History Project Collection pdfsymbol
Trucking History Collection pdfsymbol
Turkeyfoot Island Collection pdfsymbol

U

 

Collection TitlePDF
U.S. Naval Air Station, Akron Collection pdfsymbol

V

 

Collection TitlePDF
Van Dusen and Marquardt Family Collection pdfsymbol
Veterans’ Grave Registration Cards pdfsymbol
Veterans' Burial Reports pdfsymbol

W

 

Collection TitlePDF
Wallpaper Project pdfsymbol
William W. Cox – Mohawk Rubber Company Collection pdfsymbol
WITAN (Women in Touch with Akron’s Needs) pdfsymbol
Women’s Art League Collection pdfsymbol