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Archival Services Curates New Exhibits at Lock 3


U.S.S. Shenandoah exhibition panel 2 through 4 at Lock 3

Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently curated and installed two new exhibitions at the Akron History Exhibit at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.  “Remembering the Shenandoah: The Life and Death of America’s First Rigid Airship” recounts the short life and tragic death of the U.S.S. Shenandoah, America's first rigid airship, whose crash in Noble County, Ohio in 1925 is seldom remembered. The exhibit incorporates rare historic photographs from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records from the archives. 

 “Capturing Akron’s African-American History: The Photography of Opie Evans” contains a small selection of photographs from the Opie Evans Papers at Archival Services.  Evans (1906-2000) was a local African-American photographer, reporter, broadcaster, publisher, and businessman whose photographs capture Akron’s African-American community during the middle of the twentieth century.  The project was a collaboration with the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture and is a preview of a larger exhibit of Evans’ works that will open at the gallery later this year. 

Images from the Opie Evans Papers and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records are available online at and by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building.  Information about the Akron History Exhibit at Lock 3 including hours is available at