Zonta Club of Akron

Range: 1933 - 1990 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Contains constitution and bylaws, meeting minutes, and scrapbooks.


Young Women's Christian Association of Akron Records

Range: 1901 - 2001 Size: 56 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

The YWCA of Akron was organized 1901 to “advance the physical, social, intellectual, moral and spiritual interest of young women.” Throughout its history it has provided training, education, housing, and social, religious, and athletic programs for the women of Akron and Summit County, Ohio. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial documents and ledgers, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, negatives, slides, and motion picture film that document the history of the organization over a 100-year period.


Waterhouse, Helen, Papers

Range: 1930 - 1964 Size: .66 cubic feet Record Group: 99/85

Helen Waterhouse (1892-1965) was a journalist in Akron, Ohio who was considered “the most controversial newspaperwoman in Akron history." She wrote numerous articles and front page stories covering some of the most important topics of the day for the Akron Beacon Journal for almost 40 years. Her papers contain correspondence and a selection of her published articles, including her Russia Series, in addition to reports from the Ohio Newspaper Woman's Association and National Federation of Press Women.

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Resnik, Judith, Papers

Range: 1976 - 1986 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/100

Judith Resnik (1949-1986) of Akron, Ohio served as an engineer and astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1978 until she died during the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. Her papers include training manuals, technical materials, notes, photographs, schematics, memos, press kits, and briefings relating to manned space flight and her time with NASA.

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North Hill Literary Club Records

Range: 1916 - 1960 Size: 0.75 cubic foot Record Group: 99/158

The North Hill Literary Club was organized in Akron, Ohio in 1916 to further the social and intellectual development of its members. The group met monthly to discuss a wide range of issues and subjects until its disbanding in 1958. The records consist of annual booklets, meeting minutes, a scrapbook, and a club history.

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National Organization for Women (NOW), Akron Chapter Records

Range: 1966 - 1992 Size: 2.33 cubic feet Record Group: 99/88

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an American activist organization founded in 1966 that promotes equal rights for women. The Akron Chapter was organized in 1971 to further the national organization’s goals in the Akron area, especially through gender neutrality in employment advertisements, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, repeal of abortion laws, and an increase in the number of women elected to political office. The records include bylaws, meeting minutes, membership lists, newsletters, program files, correspondence, and materials relating to Ohio and National organizations.

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McGovern, Frances, Papers

Range: 1928 - 2000 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group: 99/176

The Frances McGovern Collection consists primarily of material relating to her activities with the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce Committee on Urban Services, the Little Hoover Commission, and the Summit County Charter Commission. Materials include reports, correspondence, notes, and information on the Summit County Charter commission. Also included are books and pamphlets.

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League of Women Voters of the Akron Area Records

Range: 1940 - 1974 Size: 11 cubic feet Record Group: 99/151

The League of Women Voters is a bi-partisan American civic organization that was formed in 1920 to help women take a larger role in public affairs as they won the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of Akron was established in 1940 and combined with the Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio chapters in 1978 to form the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area (LWVAA). The records include meeting minutes, financial statements, correspondence, reports, program information, scrapbooks, news clippings, and publications that document the history of the organization.

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League of Women Voters of Canton Records

Range: 1920 - 1979 Size: 4.25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/148

The League of Women Voters is an American civic organization that was formed in 1920 to help women take a larger role in public affairs as they won the right to vote. The Canton, Ohio chapter was established in 1920 and is one of the oldest in the nation. The records include meeting minutes, financial reports, correspondence, program information, publications, and organization reports from the local, state, and national level that document the history of the organization.

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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.


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.


Gladwin, Mary E., Papers

Range: 1889 - 1939 Size: 1.25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/116

Mary E. Gladwin (1861-1939) was an early graduate of The University of Akron (then Buchtel College) who served as a Red Cross nurse during the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. During the flood of 1913, she directed the Red Cross nursing services in Dayton and stayed in Ohio to become Head of Women's Employment and Welfare Department of the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron. Gladwin also organized and directed the George T. Perkins Visiting Nurse Association and was an incorporator and member of the first Board of Directors of the Summit County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Her papers include her memoirs, letters, photographs, diary, medals, and other materials documenting her life and work.

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Furry, Thelma C., Papers

Range: 1911 - 1990 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/115

Thelma C. Furry (1910-2000) was an Akron, Ohio attorney, graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, member of the Communist Party, and the first female trial lawyer in Akron.  Specializing in domestic and juvenile cases, she was known for taking controversial and unpopular stands and was the defender of those who had no voice in their own defense locally and nationally including people who suffered civil rights violations such as homosexuals and AIDS patients. Her papers include legal documents, correspondence, a scrapbook, publications, and taped interviews regarding her defense of civil rights cases.

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Fortnightly Club of Akron Records

Range: 1897 - 2015 Size: 3.0 Record Group: 99/180

The Fortnightly Club of Akron was founded in 1896 as a women’s scholarly club. Meetings were twice a month from October to April and presentations given ranging from nations of the world, to Shakespeare, to literature and authors, to local history. The records date from 1897 to 2015 and include meeting minutes, yearbooks, correspondence, subject files, programs, scrapbooks, and a photo album

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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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Dobbs, Catherine R., Papers

Range: 1950 - 1973 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group: 99/113

Catherine R. Dobbs was an Ohio State Senator from 1949-1950 and the Mayor of the city of Barberton, Ohio from 1956-1961. Her papers contain correspondence, speeches, lectures, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other materials from her service in the Ohio legislature as well as her time as Mayor of Barberton. The papers also include various materials associated with her political and social activities after leaving office.

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Clark, C. J., Collection

Range: 1922 - 1933 Size: 0.33 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Mrs. C.J. Clark, an early radio enthusiast, transcribed radio program transmissions from around the world and corresponded with various radio stations in the 1920s and ‘30s. Her collection includes scrapbooks, postcards, and correspondence collected by Clark over a ten year period.


Clapp, Kate, Papers

Range: 1931 - 1977 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Kate Clapp was a journalist from Akron, Ohio who served as the garden specialist for the Akron Beacon Journal for over forty years. Her papers include scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document her life and career.


American Association of University Women, Akron Branch

Range: 1931 - 1984 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

The AAUW is the oldest and largest national organization for women. This collection contains branch minutes, board minutes, correspondence, bulletins, and scrapbooks detailing the activities of the AAUW.


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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Akron and Summit County Federation of Women's Clubs Records

Range: 1894 - 2010 Size: 7.0 Record Group: 99/93

The Akron and Summit County Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized in 1893 and united with the Ohio State Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1917. The group raised money for charity, hosted guest speakers, awarded scholarships, worked on various community-related projects, and lobbied for political reform. The records include notebooks, directories, scrapbooks, newsletters and subjects files that document the history of the group. 

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