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Guggenheim, Daniel, Airship Institute Records

Range: 1926 - 1952 Size: 13 cubic feet, 15 boxes Record Group: 22/8

The Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute was operated by the Municipal University of Akron from 1929 – 1949.  As part of the College of Engineering, the institute provided students with research opportunities relating to lighter-than-air flight, heavier-than-air flight, and meteorology.  The records consist of correspondence, technical reports, and administrative files.

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Gross, Alan “AirshipAl” Collection

Range: 1922 - 2017 Size: 114 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


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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Greater Canton AFL-CIO Council

Range: 1944 - 1972 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group:

Minutes of the Canton Federation of Labor (1944-1955), Stark County Industrial Union Council (1944-1953), Canton AFL-CIO Council (1965-1972), materials on 1958 right-to-work campaign, clippings, and speech materials.


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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Greater Akron Area Barbers-Stylists Association, Local 105

Range: 1909 - 1979 Size: 1.5 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellanea. Materials relating to the Journeymen Barbers, Hairdressers, Cosmetologists, and Proprietors Union.


Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — Buckley Post #12

Range: 1870 - 1938 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/81

Minutes, postcards, newspaper clippings, resolutions, correspondence, relief fund reports, and membership lists.

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Gradisher, Thomas D. Journals and Travel Books

Range: 1982 - 2004 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/251

Thomas D. “Thom” Gradisher, a graduate of The University of Akron, was a United States diplomat who
worked for the State Department from 1984 until 2004.  He worked in Foreign Service, as Desk Officer in
Washington, D.C., and as a Public Affairs Coordinator.  His memoirs are titled Burning the Ambassador’s
 Desk.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, Aviation Series

Range: 1900 - 1991 Size: 36 cubic feet Record Group: 99/106

The materials consist of documents (e.g., correspondence, press releases, reports, press clippings), photographs, publications, blueprint drawings, videotapes, and small artifacts primarily from – or created by – the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Public Relations Dept. and maintained in the corporate archives. The records are arranged by the following topics: Airplanes, Airships, Balloons, Missiles/Rockets/Space and General corporate information on aviation.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records

Range: 1898 - 1993 Size: 800 cubic feet Record Group: 99/106

Correspondence, annual reports, financial reports, news releases and publicity, advertising, historical materials, materials relating to company history, historical materials relating to Charles Goodyear, audio-visual materials, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, aviation materials, materials relating to labor relations, employee activities, products files, materials relating to plants, plantations, realty and property, public relations, racing, scrapbooks, photograph albums, and news clippings.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, Photographic Prints and Negatives Series

Range: 1912 - 1984 Size: 772 cubic feet Record Group: 99/106

The Photographic Prints and Negatives Series of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records consists of approximately half a million images that visually document the history of the company from 1912-1984.  The images depict a variety of topics including factory scenes and equipment, lighter-than-airships, parade balloons, employees, company farms and plantations, numerous rubber products, professional and amateur sports, automotive and motorcycle racing, advertising, aeronautics, women in the workplace, war-time production, and Goodyear’s extensive line of passenger, commercial, and other tires.  Formats include glass plate, nitrate, and acetate negatives in addition to black and white and color prints and slides.  All images from 1912-1951 have been digitized and are available on our Digital Collections Website.


Goodrich, (B.F.) Company

Range: 1868 - 1990 Size: 500 cubic feet Record Group: 99/132

Board of Director's minutes; annual reports; journals, ledgers, and other accounting records of the parent company, various domestic subsidiaries, and BFGoodrich International; advertising material; publications and news releases; speeches by corporate officials; registrations of patents and trademarks; research center reports and other files; product information; photographs and films.

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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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Gieck, Jack E.

Range: 1859 - 1980 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Negatives, prints, and contact sheets of canal scenes from all over Ohio. Images used in A Photo Album of Ohio's Canal Era, 1825-1913, by Jack Gieck, Kent: Kent State University Press, 1988. Includes photographic images of sketches, engravings, and maps.


General Tire and Rubber Company Records, Public Relations Series

Range: 1915 - 1996 Size: 168 cubic feet Record Group: 99/103

 

The General Tire and Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1915.  It originally focused on truck and then automobile tires, but later branched into aerospace and defense, entertainment and broadcasting, chemicals/plastics, and industrial products.  Although Continental AG bought General Tire in 1987, it continues to develop, produce, and market tires for automotive applications.  The Public Relations Series consists of company publications, scrapbooks, advertisements, posters, calendars, and banners as well as photographs of foreign and domestic plants and installations, dealerships, and equipment.   It also consists of over a thousand motion picture films, videos, and sound recordings.


General Tire and Rubber Company Records

Range: 1940 - 1973 Size: 155 cubic feet Record Group: 99/103

The General Tire and Rubber Company was founded by Akron natives William O’Neil and Winfred E. Fouse.  Opening their first production plant in East Akron on September 29, 1915, the new company began making just repair materials for tires, but moved on to produce their own brand of tires, becoming the fifth major manufacturer of tires in the United States, expanding into other industrial fields along the way.  General Tire’s discovery of oil-extended rubber in 1949 would cause a major legal debate over patent rights with larger tire manufacturers. The bulk of these records relate to the major legal court cases involving General Tire and several of the other major rubber companies (both national and international) over the patent rights to the use of oil-extended rubber.  They contain court records, exhibits, technical reports, manufacturers literature, and other material, both original and microfilm.


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Collections in Archival Services are classified by the following ways:

  • University Archives contain historical resources that document the history and development of The University of Akron and its predecessor institutions.
  • Special Collections contains personal papers of local families/individuals and organizational records of local organizations/businesses.  Strengths of the collection are primary and secondary sources documenting the history of the rubber industry, lighter-than-air flight, and Ohio canals. Special collections also include local government records for a nine county region.
  • Book collections include rare books and books documenting the history of the university, the region, and special topics.  All cataloged books are included in the UA Libraries Catalog.