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Helen Arnold Papers Processed


Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently processed and preserved the papers of Helen E. Arnold.  Arnold (1924-2001) was an employee of the City of Akron who fought for education reform and equal rights for women and African-Americans in the Akron/Summit County area.  She was the first black woman to serve on the Akron Board of Education and served in various capacities on numerous boards and organizations, including the Akron Branch of the NAACP, the Ohio Black Political Assembly, and the United Neighborhood Council.  Her papers include speeches, writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and subject files that document her life and work.  The finding aid to the collection can be accessed in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at;query=helen arnold;brand=default

The Helen E. Arnold Papers and other historical resources on the history of the local African-American community are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building.  The archives are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Questions regarding the collection 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

Archival Services

225 South Main Street.
Akron, OH 44325
Polsky Building, Room LL10
Main Phone 330-972-7670
Fax: 330-972-6170

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