The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently completed the processing and preservation of the Archives of the Ninth Air Force Association (9AFA). The collection was originally processed in 2012, but significant materials have been added since. This includes association records such as meeting minutes, reunion materials, and correspondence from Thomas R. Olsen, the last President of the 9AFA. Other additions include military records of Edward F. MacLean, first President of 9AFA, including rare archival footage of the D-Day invasion.Read More
The Akron, Canton & Youngstown (AC&Y) Railroad Historical Society recently donated its significant collection of historic records to The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries. The AC&Y Historical Society is a group of rail historians, modelers, and railfans who share a common interest in the AC&Y and its predecessors. Since its inception in 1993, the group has worked to preserve the history of the AC&Y for future generations and has amassed a substantial collection of original records on the history of the railroad.Read More
The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, is pleased to announce that the exhibition on the photography of Opie Evans at the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture has been extended until early November. Evans was a local reporter, broadcaster, publisher, and businessman and one of the earliest African-American photographers in Akron. His photography documents the local African-American community as well as other segments of the city’s population from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s.Read More
Last year, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company donated its extensive collection of historic motion picture films to The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries. The collection consists of over 3,000 films that visually document the history of the world’s largest and most influential rubber company.
The films date from 1898 to 2007 and are in a variety of formats including 16mm and 35mm nitrate and acetate base film as well as Beta, VHS, and DVD formats. They are a treasure trove of information on a variety of important topics in American and world history including labor, factory conditions, tire and rubber production, lighter-than-air flight, parade balloons, war products, and amateur and professional racing.Read More
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) recently awarded The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, a $13,440 grant. The NFPF, located in San Francisco, California, is a non-profit organization created by Congress to help save America's film heritage. It supports activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.
The grant will be used to transfer volatile nitrate-based 35mm motion picture film from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company onto polyester safety film and to provide access copies for public viewing. The work will be performed by a vendor in Hollywood.Read More
The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently commemorated the Civil War Sesquicentennial by digitizing and making available online over 200 rare letters from its collections that document the War Between the States. The project was implemented by Kent State University School of Library and Information Science student Adam Wanter. Wanter not only digitized the letters, but also created metadata about each item under the direction of Archival Services faculty and staff and uploaded them to the archives’ digital repository in order to share them with a broader audience online. The letters can be accessed at http://cdm15960.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15960coll3.Read More
Railroad historical society donates significant collection to Archival Services at The University of Akron. Read More
The films document the history of the USS Akron (ZR-4), one of the largest flying objects in the world. Read More
Digitization project makes rare war letters available online. Read More