Wright, John Keightley, Colonial Theatre Scrapbook

Range: 1902 - 1920 Size: 0.25 Record Group: $content.recordGroup

John Keightley Wright (1938-2007) of Akron, Ohio was a local history and theater enthusiast and brother of Ruth Wright Clinefelter, long-time professor and librarian at The University of Akron. The scrapbook was amassed by Wright and includes newspaper clippings, theater programs, and ticket stubs of various theaters in Akron, Ohio, mostly the Colonial Theatre. 

Weathervane Community Playhouse Records

Range: 1935 - 1992 Size: 45 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Weathervane Community Playhouse is a non-profit community theater in Akron, Ohio that produces live theater performances and provides education and training in theater arts and appreciation. The records include membership lists, governance papers, newsletters, meeting minutes, scripts, publications, financial statements, programs, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, phonotapes, and newspaper clippings.

Tuesday Musical Association Records

Range: 1898 - 2015 Size: 37 cubic feet Record Group: 99/109

The Tuesday Musical Association is non-profit classical music organization founded in 1887 in Akron, Ohio that provides concerts, scholarships, and educational programs for its members and the community. The records include meeting minutes, financial information, scrapbooks, programs, yearbooks, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, VHS and audio cassette tapes, and memorabilia that document the administration, activities, and history of the association and its auxiliary society, St. Cecilia Choral Society.

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Sylvia Smith Archives of Smith Publications & Sonic Arts Editions

Range: 1930s - 2000s Size: 30 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Sylvia Smith is a publisher of New and Experimental classical music and owner of Smith Publications & Sonic Art Editions. Her archives contain correspondence, manuscripts, scores, phonotapes, compact discs, videotapes of performances, and publications by and about composers including Milton Babbit, John Cage, Robert Erickson, Ben Johnston, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Saunders Smith, and others.

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Stux, Erica, Papers

Range: 1996 - 2010 Size: 1.0 Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Erica (Houser) Stux (1929-2018) was a chemist and writer from Akron, Ohio and Los Angeles, California who wrote poetry, prose, and humorous pieces for children and adults as well as songs and musicals. Her papers include her published and unpublished poetry and short stories, articles, books, sheet music, and CDs.


OhioDance Records

Range: 1977 - 1999 Size: 20 cubic feet Record Group: 99/168

OhioDance, formed in 1976 as the Association of Ohio Dance Companies, is a state-wide organization that inclusively supports the diverse and vibrant practice of dance.  The records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, reports, news releases, news clippings, directories, financial records, photographs, and audio/video recordings.

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Ohio Ballet Records

Range: 1972 - 1991 Size: 22 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The Ohio Ballet was a professional company in residence at The University of Akron and a resident company of Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The records include financial records, correspondence, performance schedules, and donor lists. An auxiliary collection includes lighting designs and stage cues for numerous performances of the Ohio Ballet, as well as notes from Thomas Skelton, one of America's most distinguished lighting designers.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Range: 1973 - 1999 Size: 37 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to inventors and their inventions. Formerly located in Akron, Ohio in a facility known as Inventure Place, the hall served as a science and technology museum and library, inventor’s workshop, and a national resource center for creativity. The records consist of board meeting minutes, records of CEO Richard Nichols, and information on inductions, programs, Inventor's Conferences, and construction of the hall.

McClain, Dr. Shirla R., Collection

Range: 1918 - 1998 Size: 2.0 Record Group: 99/255

The Dr. Shirla R. McClain Collection includes the writings and research materials of Dr. McClain, a University of Akron alumna who was a public school educator and a Kent State University professor of education. McClain published over 45 academic papers during her career, but is still best known for her doctoral dissertation The Contributions of Blacks in Akron, 1825-1975, which was the first comprehensive history of Akron’s black community.

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Jacobson, John and Betty, Papers

Range: 1936 - 1979 Size: 5.5 Record Group: $content.recordGroup

John M. Jacobson (1911-1992) and Betty Virginia (Heberlein) Jacobson (1917-2007) of Akron, Ohio owned and operated the John Jacobson Company, General Contractors. The couple were very active in numerous community organizations including the Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Theater, Akron General Hospital, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Weathervane Theater, and The University of Akron. Their papers including correspondence, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, and negatives that document their life and work and numerous community organizations. 

Isroff, Lola, Papers

Range: 1942 - 1995 Size: 3.3 cubic feet Record Group: 99/145

Lola K. Isroff (1909-2000) was an award-winning New York-born author, self-trained visual artist, and long-time Akron, Ohio resident. She is known for her folk memory paintings depicting historic architecture and vignettes of contemporary urban life that have been exhibited in major museums and galleries across the globe. Her papers document her life and work and consist of biographical information, photographs, artwork, writings by and about the artist, and materials documenting her travels. 

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International Institute of Akron

Range: 1923 - 1978 Size: 15 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The International Institute of Akron (IIA) is a non-profit agency founded in 1916 that provides services to the foreign-born living in the Akron and the Summit County, Ohio community. The records consist of meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, and newspaper clippings that document the history and work of the institute. 

Hower House, Friends of, Records

Range: 1974 - 2002 Size: 3.3 Record Group: 99/237

The Hower House is a 28-room Second Empire Italianate mansion in Akron, Ohio. Built in 1871 by Akron industrialist John Henry Hower and his wife, the house was deeded to The University of Akron in 1970 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 1974 the Friends of Hower House was established to preserve the house and its furnishings and merged with the Hower House Victorians in 2016 to form the Hower House Museum Guild. The records document the Friends of Hower House, the Hower House Victorians, and the Conservation and Restoration Committee and includes meeting minutes, publications, and photographs and slides of the house, displays, and artifacts.

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Greater Akron Arts Federation / Akron Area Arts Council

Range: 1968 - 1975 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/96

This collection contains materials pertaining to the formation and organization of the GAAF and AACA. Materials include correspondence, minutes, membership records, financial statements, and publications.

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Friends of Music Records

Range: 1921 - 2007 Size: 2.0 Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The Friends of Music, founded in Akron, Ohio in 1921, seeks to enrich and encourage young musicians and children by offering them an opportunity to perform in a non-competitive and friendly environment and offers membership to professional, semi-professional, and aspiring musicians and non-performing music lovers. The records include annual reports, constitutions and bylaws, correspondence, programs, and scrapbooks containing programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, and meeting minutes.

Cleveland Composers’ Guild Records

Range: 1975 - 2001 Size: 11.0 Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The Cleveland Composers Guild (CCG) is an organization that promotes the music of professional composer-members living in Northeast Ohio through recordings, a publication series, and free multi-disciplinary concerts. One of the nation’s oldest new music organizations, CCG has had more than 200 members over its 50-year history. The records include subject files, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, flyers, concert programs, awards, music scores, cassette tapes, and CDs documenting the history of the CCG and its members. 

Akron Symphony Orchestra/Greater Akron Musical Association Records

Range: 1953 - 1999 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The Greater Akron Arts Federation (GAAF) was founded in 1968 for the purpose of acting as a ”clearing house” for Akron, Ohio area art groups. Due to a lack of resources and support, the GAAF dissolved in 1975 and the Akron Area Council for the Arts (AACA) was formed to educate and encourage the community in the appreciation, enjoyment, and support of the arts. The records include correspondence, meeting minutes, membership records, financial statements, and publications that document the formation and operation of the GAAF and the AACA.