Archival Services’ Photographs Selected for Archives Month Poster
October is Archives Month, a time to increase the general public’s awareness of archival materials and archival repositories. This year, the Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) selected the theme “Both Local and Global: STEM Activity in Ohio.”
Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, submitted four photographs for possible inclusion in the SOA 2015 Archives Month Poster. After online voting was tabulated, members of the society selected two images from Archival Services to grace this year’s poster.
The first photograph is an image of astronaut John Glenn being fitted in Akron for his space suit designed and manufactured by the B.F. Goodrich Company. The company designed the space suits for the Project Mercury astronauts. Glenn wore the suit on February 20, 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.
The second image is a photograph of the Goodrich scientific team led by research chemist Dr. Waldo Semon developing synthetic rubber during World War II. Under the threat of war and with 90% of America’s rubber imported from overseas, government and industrial leaders sought alternatives to natural rubber to maintain American war productivity.
Archival Services collects, preserves and provides access to historic resources that primarily document the history of The University of Akron and the region. The department, which is located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building in downtown Akron, is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, visit Archival Services’ website at www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives.
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