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Arnold, Helen E.

Range: 1970 - 1975 Size: 0.1 cubic feet Record Group: 99/240

Correspondence, reports, and printed material concerning the activities of the Akron NAACP (of which she was president), the Ohio Black Political Assembly, and other black organizations, as well as her 1973 Akron City Council campaign.

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Arnstein, Karl

Range: 1919 - 1957 Size: 25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/126

Consists of personal and professional notes, correspondences, photographs, and plan drawings. Includes both published articles and manuscripts by Dr. Arnstein and his associates, as well as scripts for speeches and presentations given by Dr. Arnstein.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Charles H. Drake Papers

Range: 1943 - 1949 Size: 0.25 cubic feet Record Group: 100/2

Charles H. Drake served in the Headquarters Squadron of the 391st Bomb Group. His papers include orders he received throughout his military service and many photographs taken during World War II.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Charles H. Tillson Papers

Range: 1941 - 1999 Size: .33 Record Group: 100/22

The Charles H. Tillson Papers consists of correspondence, military records, photographs and an autobiography of Charles H. Tillson.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Marvin C. Colton Papers

Range: 1942 - 1995 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 100/5

Marvin C. Colton served in the 555th Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group (M) as a bombardier during World War II. This collection consists of photographs from the World War II era and the 1980's and 1990's "Return of the Crusader" reunions. It also includes a brief history of the 555th Bomb Squadron and rosters for the 386th Bomb Group (M) Association.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Richard C. Booth Papers

Range: 1942 - 1995 Size: .58 Record Group: 100/14

The Richard C. Booth Papers includes an autobiography of Richard C. Booth, correspondence with various organizations, personal records, and magazine articles involving Richard Booth, B-26 Marauders, and Barksdale Air Force Base.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Richard J. Atkinson Collection

Range: 1988 - 2003 Size: .76 Record Group: 100/23

The Richard J. Atkinson Collection consists of newsletters, correspondence and plaques documenting Richard J. Atkinson's military career, B-26 Marauders and the Ninth Air Force Association.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Robert E. Herndon Papers

Range: 1940 - 1957 Size: .25 Record Group: 100/20

The Robert E. Herndon Papers consist of Robert E. Herndon's military records, self-authored magazine articles, and the 42nd Bombardment Wing operations report.

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Bailey, Rae

Range: 1849 - 1957 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/104

Materials relating the author's interest in the history of Savannah and Clear Creek Township, Ashland County, Ohio. Also included are genealogical papers spanning the author's ancestors (John R. Bailey Family), and the historical pageant, various poems, and short stories written by Bailey.

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Blair, Charles V.

Range: 1964 - 1973 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

Blair served as Director of the University News Bureau, Director of the Institute for Civic Education and Dean of the Evening College. Correspondence, minutes, financial statements, project proposals, progress reports, and clippings of the Summit County Greater Akron Community Action Council, the Akron-Summit Tutorial Program, and Upward Bound.


Bosworth, Glenn "Speed"

Range: 1912 - 1978 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group: 99/140

The collection includes: correspondence, military papers, church programs, autograph sheets, personal awards, newspaper clippings, team statistics and scorecards (from coaching career), materials relating to leagues in which Bosworth coached, and materials relating to scouting for the Cleveland Indians (Cleveland Indians season passes, minor league rosters, player evaluation reports, and schedules. Scrapbooks and photographs of Bosworth's activities as a player and coach of baseball and basketball.

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Chamberlain, Gladys

Range: 1949 - 1954 Size: 25 cubic feet Record Group:

Historical materials of Ohio and Summit County, including: short written histories (topical), correspondence, photographs, drawings, clippings (arranged by topic and year), The University of Akron, clippings regarding Ohio counties, Ohio subject matter, Akron/Summit County clippings by topic, clippings regarding Akron during World War II, clippings relating to early and current area families, miscellaneous local history publications, clippings about Akron clubs and associations, materials regarding Summit County government, agencies, schools, special interest groups, and the War of 1812. Also included are copies of the Firestone Non-skid.


Clapp, Kate

Range: 1931 - 1977 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group:

Scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and photographs regarding Mrs. Clapp's activities as Akron Beacon Journal garden specialist for over forty years.


Clark, C. J.

Range: 1922 - 1933 Size: 0.33 cubic feet Record Group:

Mrs. Clark, an early radio enthusiast, transcribed radio program transmissions from around the world as well as corresponded with various radio stations. This collection contains scrapbooks, postcards, and correspondence.


Colley, Russell S.

Range: 1944 - 1971 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/239

Patents, articles, photo album, photographs, news clippings, and correspondence regarding Colley's development of pressurized flight suits.

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Collyer, John L.

Range: 1939 - 1976 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

News clippings and photographs of Mr. Collyer, former president of BF Goodrich Company.


Davidson, Dr. Herbert A.

Range: 1927 - 1974 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/112

Scrapbooks, minutes of meetings, financial and organizational records, correspondence, writings and other materials of a black physician who was active in black life insurance programs and civil rights efforts.

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Dixon, G. Gale

Range: 1912 - 1954 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Materials relating to Dixon's career as consulting engineer and Chief Sanitary Engineer for the City of Akron. The collection, which deals with Akron's water supply, includes: biographical information, reports, publications, topographic maps, and miscellanea.


Edgerton, Sidney

Range: 1846 - 1901 Size: 0.86 cubic feet Record Group: 99/114

The Edgerton papers contain correspondence between Sidney and his wife, speeches, certificates, and biographical material. These papers pertain to the Civil War and westward expansion.

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Evans, Opie, Papers

Range: ca. 1940 - 1990 Size: 32 Record Group: 99/246

Opie Evans (1906-2000) was an African-American photographer, reporter, broadcaster, publisher, and businessman in Akron, Ohio who accomplished many firsts for African-Americans in the city.  His papers consist of correspondence, photographic prints and negatives, newspapers and publications, and sound recordings that document the life and work of Evans in addition to the African-American community in the Akron area.


Fetzer, Herman and Hazel

Range: 1921 - 1973 Size: 6.75 cubic feet Record Group: 99/129

Manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous material concerning Fetzer's life and work as a newspaper man and writer. Fetzer wrote under the pen name Jake Falstaff.

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Firestone, Elizabeth Parke

Range: 1940 - 1970 Size: 55 cubic feet Record Group:

The papers collected by Elizabeth Parke Firestone (wife of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.) include: correspondence, materials relating to clubs and interests of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., speeches, writings, materials regarding Twin Oaks (the family's Akron residence), family photographs, miscellaneous medals and awards, phonodisks, and news clippings.


Flickinger, Maynard L. Papers

Range: 1924 - 1987 Size: 0.75 cubic feet Record Group: 99/131

The Maynard L. Flickinger Papers were created while Flickinger worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.’s Aeronautics Department, Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, and Goodyear Aircraft Corporation.  The papers predominantly contain photographs and printed materials pertaining to an airship design or airship travel, especially the USS Akron and the USS Macon.

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Furry, Thelma C.

Range: 1935 - 1980 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/115

Furry served as an attorney in Akron. Includes legal papers, correspondence, a scrapbook, publications, and taped interviews regarding her defense of civil rights cases.


Gladwin, Mary E.

Range: 1895 - 1920 Size: 13 cubic feet Record Group: 99/116

Diary, memoir, letters, and photographs of Red Cross nurse who served in the Spanish-American, Russo-Japanese, and First World War.

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Grismer, Karl H.

Range: 1913 - 1952 Size: .25 Record Group: 99/242

Karl H. Grismer was a journalist who worked in Akron, Ohio and Florida. He published several books on local history in the two states. His papers contain materials that document his life and work including his writings and a selection of his artwork as well as numerous newspaper clippings.

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House, John D.

Range: 1938 - 1941 Size: 0.1 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence and other materials of CIO field representative, principally regarding United Rubber Workers activity at the Gadsden, Alabama, plant of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.


Hower & Ayers Family

Range: 1896 - 1980 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

Materials relating to the Hower and Ayers families, including: books, materials regarding Hower companies, genealogy publications, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and notes. The three series are comprised of materials relating to John Bruot Hower, Mary Hamilton Ayers, and Allan F. Ayers/Lucy A. Hamilton.


Hower Family

Range: 1822 - 1970 Size: 35 cubic feet Record Group:

Personal and business correspondence, financial and legal papers, accounts of foreign travel, photographs, newspaper clippings, ledgers, certificates, and scrapbooks of the Hower family of Akron and Doylestown, principally M. Otis Hower, his wife Blanche Bruot, and their daughter Grace Crawford. The Howers were involved in a variety of business and community activities, including the American Cereal Company, the Akron Board of Education, and the Hower Trade School.


Huber, Walter B.

Range: 1939 - 1955 Size: 42 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence of the congressman, miscellaneous books, including Akron Telephone Directories, annual reports, Congressional Directories, copies of the Congressional Record, political convention proceedings, miscellaneous histories (local, national, and international), and magazines.


Huber, William Henry

Range: 1920 - 1945 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group:

Sermons, articles for the Akron Beacon Journal, photographs, and news clippings dealing with Dr. Huber's activities as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Akron.


Karam, Adib

Range: 1925 - 1985 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group:

Materials dealing with Dr. Karam's volunteer work with people around the world, including: Project Hope, Africa, Navajo Indians, Vietnam, Middle East, Alaska, San Quentin, California Institute for Women, and Southeast Asia. Included are certificates, diaries, slides, photographs, maps, newspaper and journal articles, correspondence, manuscripts, booklets, and brochures.


Knight, Charles M. and Family

Range: 1849 - 1940 Size: 21 cubic feet Record Group:

Personal letters, diaries, journals, business papers, photographs, and artifacts relating to Charles M. Knight, professor of natural sciences at Buchtel College, and family members Joel Knight, Jr., Fanny Maria Duncan Knight, Sophie Knight McCollester, Eva Knight Greenwood, Colonel William Henry (Hal) Greenwood, Susan Helen Knight, Esther Knight Guild, and Mary Knight Dutton. There is also a small amount of publications, flyers, and other documents from sources outside the family.


Knight, John S.

Range: 1921 - 1981 Size: 100 cubic feet Record Group: 99/110

Biographical information on Knight and family members, correspondence, articles, news clippings, editorials, scrapbooks, photographs, phonotapes, phonodisks, films, speeches, materials relating to hobbies (particularly horse-breeding and golf), charitable activities, awards and honors, and artifacts.

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Lodge, William R.

Range: 1930 - 1946 Size: 0.3 cubic feet Record Group:

Typewritten articles relating to Silver Lake, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, and surrounding areas.


McCollam, William

Range: 1864 - 1864 Size: 0.2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/241

Letters sent and received, Captain McCollam, 161st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, mainly while he was serving in the Shenandoah Valley.

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McIntosh, W. B.

Range: 1920 - 1980 Size: 7 cubic feet Record Group:

The collection contains material relating to McIntosh's relationships with: Akron Community Trust, Litchfield Rehabilitation Center, Seiberling Foundation, First Congregational Church, Canal Street Property, Children's Hospital, and Pyramid Rubber Company. Materials include correspondence, reports, appraisals, lists of grants, financial reports, minutes, publications, governance papers, building plans, yearbooks, notes, donations records, and agreements.


Munn, Russell

Range: 1944 - 1944 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

The papers of R. Russell Munn, director of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, includes: correspondence, news clippings, publications, miscellanea, annual reports, survey of public libraries, and photographs.


Pahlau, James A.

Range: Circa 1930 - Circa 1990 Size: 300 cubic feet Record Group:

James, A. Pahlau, historian of Akron architecture, collection includes: brochures; postcards of Akron area, Summit County, U.S., and international; booklets; calendars; annual reports and publications of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens; books; albums; videotapes; newsletters; drawings; and maps.


Petersen, Jorgen

Range: 1864 - 1875 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group:

The diary of Petersen, who was a Peninsula, Ohio, canal boat captain.


Polsley, John J.

Range: 1839 - 1948 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/136

Lieutenant Colonel John J. Polsley served in the American Civil War in the 8th Regiment Virginia Volunteers, which later became the 7th Regiment West Virginia Cavalry. Polsley was captured in 1863 and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The papers primarily contain correspondence to his wife, Ellen (Nelly) S. Donnally Polsley. He wrote of camp life and battles as well as his thoughts on war. Also included are letters to his father, Judge Daniel H. Polsley.

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Rohner, Ralph

Range: 1882 - 1977 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

Contains materials involving personal, business, and legal matters directly related to the Akron area. Also comprises a record of school papers and notebooks of Eva Rohner from grade school (Sacred Heart Academy) to her education at Buchtel College.


Ross, Rev. George Everett

Range: 1957 - 1990 Size: 5.5 cubic feet Record Group:

Sermons, church bulletins, documents relating to diocesan and parish matters (Episcopal Church), correspondence, newspaper clippings, course outlines for classes conducted by Ross, class notes, term papers, and phonotapes.


Roth, Harry C.

Range: 1904 - 1920 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

This is a collection of letters written to Harry C. Roth; mostly personal in nature.


Rowland, Jasper M. Jr., Family

Range: 1956 - 1973 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

This collection contains letters between parents of children of the Jasper M. Rowland, Jr. family, reflecting the cultural changes during the period of the late 1950's to the early 1970's.


Ruhlin, Mrs. Ben. Prayer Campaign Committee

Range: 1970 - 1977 Size: 12 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence, publicity, petitions, and other materials relating to Mrs. Ruhlin's efforts to restore prayer to public schools.


Sailor, Joseph

Range: 1862 - 1863 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/82

Civil War letters of Private Sailor, 45th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. 35 items

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Sawyer, William T., Family

Range: 1877 - 1953 Size: 5.3 cubic feet Record Group: 99/138

Correspondence, travel accounts, photographs, genealogies and miscellaneous material concerning Sawyer's personal life, professional life and family. Includes military memorabilia from George Childs (1860s-1890s).

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Schnee, Charles F.

Range: 1940 - 1966 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

The collection includes legal briefs, documents, notes, correspondence, bulletins, and pamphlets relating to Schnee's career as a lawyer and conservationist activities.


Schneider, Dorothy

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Notebooks, news clippings, photographs, and other genealogical material.


Sears, W. James

Range: 1945 - 1955 Size: Record Group:

These papers offer a detailed account of the transfer of the synthetic rubber plant to private industry after World War II. The collection contains correspondence, telegrams, minutes of meetings, proposed legislation and hearings, statistics, articles from newspapers, and reports.


Seiberling, John F.

Range: 1937 - 1995 Size: 650 cubic feet Record Group:

Congressional files, including: materials regarding Seiberling's congressional activities, correspondence, memorandums, notes, legislation drafts, miscellaneous materials relating to bills before Congress, reports, and news clippings. Subjects include President Nixon impeachment hearings, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Alaska lands, strip and surface mining, and public lands issues.


Seiberling, Willard P.

Range: 1859 - 1964 Size: 29 cubic feet Record Group: 99/130

The Willard P. Seiberling Papers contain personal and business correspondence, drawings, photographs, negatives, blueprints, and legal documents from one of the members of Akron's "founding families" of the rubber and tire industry. While not a complete record of Willard Seiberling's business activities at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Seiberling Rubber Co., it does give some insight into his work at these companies as well as his interest in railroads and aviation.

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Shilts, W. D.

Range: 1908 - 1955 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence, clipping file and research notes of William Delbert Shilts, official of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, including a manuscript history of the company, 1898-1927.


Suso, Julian. Papers, Department of Urban Planning

Range: 1949 - 1972 Size: 8 cubic feet Record Group:

Reports, proposals, correspondence, and memoranda regarding the development of the Akron area. Mr. Suso was formerly a member of the University of Akron faculty and Director of the Akron Department of Planning and Urban Renewal.


Voris, Alvin Coe

Range: 1860 - 1865 Size: .75 Record Group: 99/140

The Alvin Coe Voris letters consists of correspondence from Voris to his wife, Lydia Allyn Voris throughout the course of the Civil War. The letters include his correspondence from Columbus when he was attending sessions of the Ohio Legislature from January 5, 1860 to May 5, 1860. In them he speculates about future events and if war can be avoided. With the call for volunteers Voris began his military career. His letters home relate his experiences as a soldier and officer in the Union Army.

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Wright, W. Richard

Range: 1963 - 1966 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group:

Regarding the Ohio Youth Services Advisory Board (chaired by Wright), includes: governing documents, minutes of board meetings, correspondence, inspection reports and recommendations, news releases, pamphlets, photograph albums, scrapbook, and oral history phonotapes of W. Richard Wright.

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