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Archival Services Awarded OHRAB Grant


Archival Services of University Libraries recently received a $1,980 grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB).  The funding will be used to digitize for preservation purposes and to make available online 60 technical reports from the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute. The institute was operated by The University of Akron from 1929 to 1949 and was a partnership with the California Institute of Technology, the Daniel Guggenheim Fund, and the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation in AkronOhio. Experiments conducted at the institute focused on the effects of turbulence and drag on airship hulls as well as meteorological observations. The technical reports are a valuable source of research that primarily document lighter-than-air flight, heavier-than-air flight, meteorology, aerodynamics, and G-force measurements. The reports are frequently used by students, historians, scholars, lighter-than-air enthusiasts, and researchers for a variety of research projects.

The Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute Records and other historical resources on the history of lighter-than-air flight are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building.  Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Questions regarding the records and the project can be directed to Archival Services by phone at 330-972-7670 or by e-mail at  Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at

Supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.