Petersen, Jorgen, Diaries

Range: 1864 - 1880 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/156

Jorgen Petersen (1822-1904) of Peninsula, Ohio was a canal boat captain on the Ohio & Erie Canal in the mid-1860s and ‘70s. He mostly hauled coal, iron ore, and merchandise for stores along the canal. His diaries consist of 11 personal diaries kept by Peterson during his days hauling freight on the canal and chronicle his life and work on the canal from 1864 until 1880.  View the Petersen Diaries

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Ohio Canal Sesquicentennial Commission Records

Range: 1974 - 1978 Size: 2.5 Record Group: 99/150

The Ohio Sesquicentennial Commission was organized in 1977 as a subcommittee of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Its chief objective was to inform the public of the economic and historical significance of the Ohio Canal for the canal's 150th anniversary. The records include correspondence, fundraising materials, publications, and newspaper clippings that document the work of the commission during its two-year program. 

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Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems Records

Range: 1908 - 1959 Size: 28 cubic feet Record Group: 99/128

Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in Akron, Ohio was the successor of Goodyear Aerospace, a former subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The records mainly cover the development and manufacturing of airships and include photographs, photograph albums, and glass plate slides. Of special note are the factory construction logbooks and photographs depicting the assembly of the airships U.S.S. Akron and the U.S.S. Macon.

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Gross, Alan “AirshipAl” Collection

Range: 1922 - 2017 Size: 114 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Alan “AirshipAl” Gross is an airship aficionado and collector of all things airship.  He worked on the ground crew at the Flushing Airport in New York City and helped found two airship companies, Airships International Ltd. and Airship Enterprises Inc.  The collection includes information on various airships important in the history of lighter-than-air flight including the Goodyear, Budweiser, SeaWorld, Shamu, MetLife, Fuji, and Jordache blimps, to name a few.  Materials include press kits, flight manuals, drawings, books, journals, newspaper clippings, photographs and slides, videotapes and films, musical scores, phonograph recordings, inflatables, clothing, and airship toys and collectibles.  View the photographs and slides from the collection here.

Erie Lackawanna Railroad Records

Range: 1850 - 1991 Size: 300 cubic feet Record Group: 99/125

The Erie Lackawanna Railroad operated from 1960 to 1976 running from New York City through Akron to Chicago. The records include annual reports, meeting minutes, valuation maps, real estate sales files, land agreements, leases, mortgages, conveyance documents, and other legal and financial records. Also included are materials from the 1938 Erie reorganization, the 1960 Erie-Lackawanna merger, and the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western and Erie Railroads.

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Endres, Dr. Kathleen L. Collection

Range: 1841 - 2018 Size: 6 Record Group: 99/253

Dr. Kathleen L “Kitty” Endres is a distinguished professor emerita of Communications at The University of Akron. This collection is comprised of files and collected materials assembled and used by Dr. Endres during her career as a professor of Communications and Women’s Studies at The University of Akron.

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Dettling, Theodore J. “Ted” Collection

Range: 1827 - 1983 Size: 9 Record Group: 99/90

Theodore J. “Ted” Dettling (1904-1992) was a co-owner of Dettling Bros. Floral & Seed Company in Akron, Ohio (later known as Dettling Florists). Ted Dettling was a canal and local history enthusiast, and this collection contains records of the Canal Society of Ohio and Summit County Historical Society as well as published and unpublished materials, maps, and photographic prints and negatives, mainly documenting Ohio canals

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Cascade Locks Park Association

Range: 1990 - 1992 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The Cascade Locks Park Association is a non-profit organization founded in Akron, Ohio in 1989 that preserves, protects, and promotes the industrial, commercial, and cultural heritage of the Cascade Locks Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The records include Mustill Store National Register Nomination, photographic negatives, and oral history interviews.

Canal Society of Ohio

Range: 1830 - 2012 Size: 23.25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/101

The Canal Society of Ohio has preserved Ohio’s canal history and heritage with guided tours and presentations to its members since 1961.  The Canal Society of Ohio Collection consists primarily of materials relating to the planning, construction, use, operation, and rebuilding of canals in Ohio.

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Baus, Louis Canal Photograph Collection

Range: 1896 - 1933 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group:

Louis Baus, photographer, shot numerous scenes along the Ohio & Erie, Miami & Erie, and the connecting feeder canals. This collection of over 400 photo negatives portrays a sense of canal life during the late 1800s to early 1900s. Found in this collection are images of canal boats, crew and passengers, as well as various locks, businesses and homes along the canal ways.

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Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad Historical Society Collection

Range: 1895 - 2017 Size: 60.0 Record Group: 99/169

The AC&Y Railroad Historical Society Collection consists of approximately 60 cubic feet of records, publications, photographs, maps, and artifacts that document the history of this small, yet important local railroad. The collection dates from 1895 to 2017 and is comprised of both records of the AC&Y Railroad Historical Society and collected records of the AC&Y Railroad Company.

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Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railroad Company Records

Range: 1895 - 1973 Size: 8 cubic feet Record Group: 99/79

The Akron, Canton & Youngstown (AC&Y) Railway Company was incorporated in 1907. Operation of the railroad, which originally ran from Akron to Mogadore, Ohio began in 1912, but later acquisitions and mergers led to 171 miles of track running from Mogadore to Delphos, making connections at 21 different junctions with nine different railroads. The records include articles of incorporation, minute books, stock records, maps, and other materials that document the history of the AC&Y Railroad Company and its predecessors and other affiliated railroads.

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Akron Women’s Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association Records

Range: 1928 - 1978 Size: 4.0 Record Group: 99/167

The Akron Women’s Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association was founded in 1924 to educate and excite the people of Akron, Ohio on aviation, including lighter-than-air flight.  The records document the activities, organization, and procedures of the group as well as the development of heavier-than-air and lighter-than-air flight in northeastern Ohio.

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