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104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H Records

Range: 1862 - 1886 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

The 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) was an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War that was organized at Camp Massillon in Massillon, Ohio in 1862. The 104th OVI consisted of ten companies, including Company H. The records include the company roster, a brief history of the company, newspaper clippings, and biographical sketches of every company member. The records also include pension and military service records of the veterans of Company H and their beneficiaries.


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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Akron Area Chamber of Commerce Records

Range: 1907 - 1974 Size: 100 cubic feet Record Group:

The Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce is an economic development organization serving a diverse array of businesses in Medina, Portage and Summit counties in Northeast Ohio with the purpose of driving economic development and prosperity for the people of the Greater Akron Region. The records consist of a subscription book of founding members, meeting minutes, reports, yearbooks and other publications, research files, and maps.  Also included are records of Chamber affiliates in Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Northampton, and Stow, Ohio.


Akron Area Council of Churches

Range: 1908 - 1975 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group:

Council activities, committee activities, financial records, community projects records, minutes of Akron Ministerial Association meetings (1909-1967), and a small amount of other church related materials, including: minutes of the Akron Sunday School Superintendents' Association, the Secretary's Book of the Summit County Evangelical Alliance, ministerial membership lists and copies of the Metro Memo (newsletter of the Metropolitan Interchurch Ministries)


Akron Association of the Pattern Makers League of North America

Range: 1937 - 1977 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/80

Records of 15 local companies, including correspondence, notices, agreements, strike reports, election forms, materials relating to lockouts and strikes, amendments to agreements, applications for strike sanction, tally of ballots, grievances, employee listings, and wage surveys. Includes materials at the local level: The Akron Association; job shop agreements and notices to mediation, amendments to Akron Association laws, a booklet of by-laws, by-law approvals, correspondence, financial reports, monthly reports, and newspaper clippings. Additionally, international level materials include: booklets, correspondence, minutes of meetings, and newspaper clippings.

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Akron Board of Education Records

Range: 1863 - 1989 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

The Akron Board of Education is the non-partisan and non-sectarian official body representing the citizens of Akron on all matters of public education. The records consist of 32 reels of microfilm containing minutes of regular and special meetings, correspondence, proposals for bids, newspaper clippings, and publications.


Akron City Water Department Photographs

Range: 1917 - 1937 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/97

The Akron City Water Department was created by City Council in 1912 to address the city’s mass problem of a water supply polluted by the burgeoning rubber industry. The photographs include numerous 3"x 5" photographic prints recording the construction of the Water Department including major additions of the water purification plant, extensive water main surveys, new water towers, stand pipes, and pumping stations. While the photographs are technical in content, they also contain views of streets, neighborhoods, and working conditions of early 20th century Akron.

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Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies Records

Range: 1945 - 2005 Size: 8 cubic feet Record Group:

The Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies (ACESS) is a non-profit organization consisting of technical and scientific societies in the greater Akron area. Founded in Akron, Ohio in 1946, the organization represents over 3,000 engineers, scientists, and technicians from all disciplines of science and technology and from both industry and academia. The records include board meeting minutes, information about events, and publications, including The Akron Technical Journal.


Akron Garden Club Records

Range: 1925 - 1984 Size: 15 cubic feet Record Group:

The Akron Garden Club was founded in 1924 by the wives of many of the city’s industrialists including Mrs. F.A. Seiberling, Mrs. Harvey S. Firestone, Mrs. Ferdinand Schumacher, Mrs. O.C. Barber, and Mrs. Maurice Knight. Its current mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association, and to restore, improve and protect the environment. The records include constitutions, by-laws, articles of incorporation, scrapbooks, reports, membership information, yearbooks, and a photograph album.


Akron Regional Development Board Records

Range: 1957 - 1982 Size: 6.66 Record Group: 99/92

The Akron Regional Development Board was formed in 1975 to promote business and industrial development in the tri-county area.  The organization provided consultation to law-making bodies and conducted studies on issues including the Akron Public School levies, city taxes, local business expansions, and state highways.  The records consist of subject files of programs and projects and photographs of local businesses.

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Akron Roundtable Records

Range: 1986 - 1991 Size: 7.33 cubic foot Record Group:

The Akron Roundtable was established in 1976 as a community forum to encourage and bring bold, creative, and new ideas to the region. To date, more than 400 major corporate executives, writers, government officials, artists, and civic leaders from around the country have shared their thoughts on subjects of global, national, and regional importance with Akron Roundtable audiences. The records consist of programs and audiocassette recordings of Akron Roundtable speakers. 


Akron Savings and Loan Company Records

Range: 1888 - 1924 Size: 0.7 cubic foot Record Group: 99/105

The Akron Savings and Loan Company (formerly the Akron Building and Loan Association) opened in 1888 to help the people of Akron, Ohio with financial activities and home ownership. The records include financial statements, annual reports, passbooks, constitution and bylaws, and meeting minutes that document the growth and development of the agency.

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Akron Symphony Orchestra/Greater Akron Musical Association Records

Range: 1953 - 1999 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


Akron Topological Maps

Range: 1920 - 1969 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

"Topological maps of the City of Akron, detailing geological features, locations of streets and large buildings, and surface features. "  To view Akron Topological maps


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, 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, 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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Albrecht, F. W., Grocery Company Records

Range: 1900 - 1999 Size: 50 cubic feet Record Group:

Fred W. Albrecht of Massillon, Ohio opened his first grocery store, later known as Acme No. 1, in 1891 at the corner of Buchtel, Sumner, and Center streets in Akron. The company grew to 100 stores at its height in the 1930s and now consists of 15 locations throughout northeastern Ohio known as Acme Fresh Market stores. The records consist of publications, advertisements, photographs, newspaper clippings, audiovisual materials, and artifacts documenting the Acme, Click, and Y-Mart stores over a 100-year period.


Alderfer, Sterling W., Papers

Range: 1926 - 1970 Size: 0.2 Record Group:

Sterling W. Alderfer (1897-1983) was an industrialist and inventor from Akron, Ohio with over 200 patents in the rubber and related industries. He worked for the India Rubber Co. and founded several businesses in Akron including the Andrews-Alderfer Co., the Tel-O-Post Co., the Sterling Alderfer Co., and the Steelastic Co. His papers include diagrams, booklets, journals, and patents that document his life and work.  


Alert Hose Company No. 3

Range: 1883 - 1892 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Minutes of the monthly group meetings of the Alert Hose Company located in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.


All-American Soap Box Derby Records

Range: 1936 - 1974 Size: 2.25 Record Group: 99/149

The All-American Soap Box Derby is a youth soap box car race started in Dayton, Ohio in 1934, but held annually in Akron, Ohio since 1935, except for a four-year hiatus during World War II. The records consist of correspondence from local races held in numerous states and several countries as well as subject files containing various financial records, administrative files, organizational documents, and a few photographs and ephemera.


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.


American Civil Liberties Union, Akron Chapter Records

Range: 1950 - 1970 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1920 to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the

United States. Founded in 1950, the Akron Chapter was involved in several civil rights cases that caught national attention, including the desegregation of Akron public schools in the 1970s. The records document the national, Ohio, and Akron ACLU and include articles of incorporation, newsletters, correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and membership information.


American Friends Service Committee, Akron Chapter Records

Range: 1964 - 2006 Size: 12.33 cubic feet Record Group: 99/157

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a national Quaker organization founded in 1917 devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. The Akron Chapter educates and organizes residents of Northeast Ohio around issues of economic and political justice. The records consist of materials collected and published the Akron Chapter including newsletters, newspaper articles, and reel-to-reel audio recordings of radio programs produced by the group.

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American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Akron Section, Records

Range: 1930 - 2000 Size: 5.0 Record Group: 99/119

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Akron Section was Organized and chartered in May 1937 as the 10th section of AIChE. Charter members of the Akron Section were instrumental in the development of synthetic rubber and related process equipment and became the technical leaders in the rubber industry through the 1970s. The records include correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, membership rosters, group bulletins, public relations information, and other materials that document the Akron Section. 

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American Legion Post 209 Records

Range: 1919 - 2005 Size: 25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/162

American Legion Post 209, also known as the “Wingfoot Post,” was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1919 by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company employees returning from World War I. The records consist of meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, photographs, membership lists, articles of incorporation, and constitutions and bylaws of the post. The records also include letters and photographs from Goodyear employees serving stateside and overseas during the First World War that were collected by Goodyear and later given to the post.   

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Area Progress Board Records

Range: 1936 - 1974 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 99/107

The Area Progress Board was formed in 1968 as a merger between the Area Develop Committee and the Citizens for Progress to promote the industrial and civic development of the Akron area. The Area Progress Board participates in urban renewal projects, city planning, highway development, and other programs which advance the economic growth of the area. The records contain meeting minutes, correspondence, scrapbooks, reports, and subject files of the board and its predecessors including the Citizens Postwar Planning Committee, the Area Development Committee, Citizens for Progress, and the Greater Akron Association.

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Arnold, Helen E., Papers

Range: 1965 - 1975 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/240

Helen E. Arnold (1924-2001) was a City of Akron employee who fought for education reform and equal rights for women and African-Americans in the Akron/Summit County area. She was the first African-American woman to serve on the Akron Board of Education and served in various capacities on numerous boards and organizations, including President of the Akron Branch of the NAACP. Her papers include speeches, writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and subject files that document her life and work and the organizations on which she served.

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Arnstein, Karl, Papers

Range: 1919 - 1957 Size: 30 cubic feet Record Group: 99/126

Dr. Karl Arnstein (1887-1974) was a designer of zeppelin airships for the Luftschiffbau-Zeppelin Company in Germany and later for the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation in the United States.  His papers consist of personal and professional notes, correspondence, publications, photographs, drawings, sound recordings, and mementos that document his life and career. The papers also include published articles and manuscripts by Dr. Arnstein and his associates, scripts for speeches and presentations given by Arnstein, and publications and clippings related to Arnstein’s career interests.

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Association of the University of Akron Retirees (AUAR) Records

Range: 1998 - 2015 Size: 3.0 Record Group:

The Association of the University of Akron Retirees (AUAR) is a group of former UA employees and their spouses and families. Founded in 1998, it provides social and educational activities and volunteer opportunities to its membership and sponsors an endowed scholarship for UA students. The records include meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, scholarship information, directories, handbooks, newsletters, membership lists, reports, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial summaries, and information about special events. 


B-26 Marauder Archives

Range: 1930 - 2008 Size: 200 cubic feet Record Group: 100

The Martin B-26 Marauder was a medium bomber used in the Pacific and European theaters of operation during World War II and on a limited basis during the Korean conflict. The B-26 Marauder Archives consists of photographs, letters, diaries, mission reports, microfilm, artifacts, and other materials that document the important contribution made by the B-26 Marauder and the men who flew and maintained them during the Second World War. The Archives also contains official records of numerous Marauder reunion groups including newsletters, membership lists, reunion programs, and photographs. The archives also includes published materials including bombardment group and squadron histories, personal accounts, and books and pamphlets on the Marauder men.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, 17th B.G. Reunion Association Collection

Range: 1920 - 2011 Size: 24.23 cubic feet Record Group: 100/27

The 17th Bombardment Group was a group of bomber aircraft in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. It was attached to the 12th Air Force and participated in numerous missions, including the Doolittle Raid, but mostly operated in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and over Germany, typically flying B-26 Marauders. The group also served during the Korean conflict. The 17th Bombardment Group Reunion Association was organized in 1977 to plan reunions of group members. The association’s collection consists of correspondence, military records, newsletters, photographs, printed materials, and videos created and collected by the association and its members.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, 319th B.G. Reunion Association Records

Range: 1934 - 2001 Size: 20.05 Record Group: 100/26

The 319th Bombardment Group was a group of bomber aircraft in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. It was originally attached to the 12th Air Force, mostly flying B-26 Marauders in the North African and Italian campaigns, but was later attached to the 7th Air Force in the Pacific Theater. The 319th Bombardment Group Reunion Association was organized in 1974 to plan reunions of members and preserve the group’s history, but disbanded in 1999. The association’s collection consists of newsletters, photographs, correspondence, printed materials, and videos created and collected by the association and its members.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, 455th Bombardment Squadron Association Records

Range: 1942 - 2011 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 100/3

The 455th Bombardment Squadron of the 323rd Bombardment Group was a B-26 Marauder squadron in the United States Army Air Forces that operated in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The 455th Bombardment Squadron Association was organized in the early 1980s to plan reunions of members and document the squadron’s history, but disbanded in 2011. The association’s records include correspondence, memoirs, photographs, publications, and scrapbooks collected and used by the association.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Anthony F. Mugan Collection

Range: 1942 - 1946 Size: 0.5 Record Group: 100/252

Anthony F. Mugan (1919-1994) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin was a Technical Sergeant in the 345th Service Squadron of the 310th Service Group attached to the 319th Bomb Group during World War II. His collection includes letters, postcards, photographs, publications, and enlistment records of his friends in the service during the Second World War as well as a history of the 319th Bomb Group.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, C. Forman “Dee” Dirickson Collection

Range: 1941 - 1946 Size: 1.8 Record Group: 100/39

C. Forman “Dee” Dirickson (1919-2007) was a 1st Lieutenant and B-26 Marauder pilot in the 451st Squadron of the 322nd Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force during World War II. After the war he served as a corporate pilot. His collection consists of materials from his time as a pilot during World War II including flight logs, orders, photographs, maps, memorabilia, and records from pilot training.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Charles H. Drake Papers

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

Major Charles H. Drake (1918-2009) of Georgia served as a bombardier/navigator and later combat intelligence officer in the Headquarters Squadron of the 391st Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force during World War II. He saw action in England, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. His papers include orders he received throughout his military service and numerous 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

Charles H. Tillson (1920-2007) of Iowa served stateside with the United States Army Air Force as a flight instructor for the B-26 Marauders during World War II.  After the war he became an engineer and worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company. His papers include correspondence, military records, photographs, and his autobiography.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Charles R. Meyers Jr. Collection

Range: 1943 - 1945 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 100/7

Charles R. Meyers Jr. was a B-26 Marauder pilot in the 319th Bomb Group of the 438th Bombardment Squadron during World War II. His collection includes strike photographs of various bombing missions and photographic negatives of combat crews and United Service Organizations (USO) shows, visitations, and other events associated with camp life during World War II.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Donald McDonald Collection

Range: 1943 - 1945 Size: 0.25 cubic feet Record Group: 100/4

Donald McDonald was the Chief Engineering Clerk of the 575th Squadron of the 391st Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force during World War II. After the war he served as the Commander of the 391st Bomb Group Association. His collection consists of a photograph of the 575th ground crew and newspapers written, printed, and distributed to the 391st Bomb Group while at various stations during World War II.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Gaylord M. Yoder Collection

Range: 1942 - 1945 Size: 0.2 Record Group: 100/38

Gaylord M. Yoder (1923-2015) of Wooster, Ohio served as a tail gunner on a B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Marauder during World War II. His collection includes photographs of Yoder, a history of the 386th Bombardment Group, and Yoder’s discharge form, awards, insignia, ribbons, patches, and emblems.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, George W. Parker Collection

Range: 1936 - 2008 Size: 18.25 Record Group: 100/33

George W. Parker (1923-2009) served as a B-26 Marauder pilot with the 397th Bomb Group during World War II. He went on to serve a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, served three terms as a Missouri state representative, and was a founder of the B-26 Marauder Historical Society. His collection consists of materials documenting the Second World War including mission reports, flight logs, diaries, notebooks, photographs, and publications. His collection also includes materials on various B-26 Marauder and 9th Air Force reunion groups.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Martin C. Mazurk Newsletter Collection

Range: 1987 - 1997 Size: 0.33 cubic feet Record Group: 100/21

Martin C. Mazurk (1924-2013) of Illinois was a bombardier in the 391st Bomb Group of the 575th Bombardment Squadron during World War II. His collection includes copies of The Bombardiers, Inc. newsletter, Crosshairs, and several issues of On Course! and The Marauder Thunder.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Marvin C. Colton Papers

Range: 1942 - 1994 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 100/5

Marvin C. Colton (1920-1998) served as a bombardier on B-26 Marauders in the 555th Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group (M) during World War II. His papers consists of photographs from the World War II era and the 1980s and 1990s "Return of the Crusader" reunions. They also include 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

Richard C. Booth (1925-2011) of Akron, Ohio served stateside as an airplane mechanic working on B-26 Marauders in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.  After the war he served as a sheet metal worker and for NASA. His papers include his autobiography, correspondence with various organizations, personal records, and magazine articles on Richard Booth, B-26 Marauders, and Barksdale Air Force Base.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Richard H. Denison Collection

Range: 1936 - 1994 Size: 2.07 Record Group: 100/25

Richard H. Denison was a 1st Lieutenant and navigator in the 553rd Bombardment Squadron of the 386th Bombardment Group of the 9th Air Force during World War II.  His collection consists of military records, maps with highlighted flight paths, newsletters and magazines involving the B-26 Marauder, photographs, and a model of the B-26 Marauder known as "Rat Poison."

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Richard J. Atkinson Collection

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

Richard J. Atkinson (1923-2009) served as a radio operator and gunner on B-Marauders in the 397th Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force during World War II. His collection consists of his personal papers including correspondence and plaques documenting his military career, as well as collected materials such as newsletters and information on B-26 Marauders and the Ninth Air Force Association.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Richard P. Ellinger Oral Video Histories

Range: 1990 - 1994 Size: 4.0 Record Group: 100/24

Richard P. Ellinger (1920-2013) of Washington, D.C. served on a B-26 Marauder with the 322nd Bomb Group of the 449th Bomb Squadron during World War II and was a member of the B-26 Marauder Historical Society after the war. His oral video histories include 125 VHS tapes and digital copies on DVDs of oral history interviews conducted by Ellinger of World War II B-26 Marauder veterans.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Robert E. Herndon Papers

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

Colonel Robert E. Herndon (1916-2006) served as a pilot of B-26 Marauders with different squadrons including the 476th, 440th, and 619th during World War II. His papers consist of his military records, self-authored magazine articles, and the 42nd Bombardment Wing operations report.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Robert J. McCallum Collection

Range: 1942 - 1944 Size: 0.33 Record Group: 100/9

Robert J. McCallum was a 1st Lieutenant and B-26 Marauder pilot in the 554th Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bombardment Group during World War II. His collection includes various orders, flight logs, and CD-Roms containing scans of McCallum’s letters during the Second World War.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Robert L. Holliday Papers

Range: 1942 - 2001 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group: 100/1

Lt. Col. Robert L. "Hap" Holliday (1916-2013) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served as a B-26 Marauder pilot in the 572nd and 573rd bomb squadrons of the 391st Bombardment Group during World War II. He flew 65 missions during the war, including the D-Day invasion. After the war Holliday worked as a sales engineer and later founder and president of R.L. Holliday Company. His papers include his military service records and correspondence and materials from the 391st Bomb Group Association, the B-26 Marauder Historical Society, and the B-26 Archives Advisory Council.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Thelbert H. Thomas Collection

Range: 1943 - 2017 Size: .13 Record Group: 100/36

Thelbert "Dick" H. Thomas (1918-1985) was a B-26 Marauder pilot with the 391st Bomb Group (BG) of the 572nd Bombardment Squadron (BS) during World War II before being reassigned to the 323 BG, 454 BS and ultimately the 323 BG, 457 BS. His collection includes military orders, correspondence that details Thomas’s army career, photocopies of photographs from his service, and other war-time documents including a graduation list and certificates. 

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Virgil L. Bell Collection

Range: 1941 - 1993 Size: .33 Record Group: 100/19

Virgil L. Bell (1920-2002) served as a radio operator and mechanic on B-26 Marauders in the 17th and 319th bombardment groups of the 12th Air Force during World War II. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. His collection includes photographs, newsletters, rosters, registrations, and plaques documenting the 319th Bombardment Group and 17th Bombardment Group of the 12th Air Force.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Washington Area Marauder Men Collection

Range: 1992 - 2009 Size: 1.0 Record Group: 100/17

The Washington Area Marauder Men (WAMM) is a chapter of the B-26 Marauder Historical Society organized to preserve the memory of the B-26 Marauder and associated service personnel. WAMM consists of veterans and anyone interested in the history of B-26 Marauders from the Washington, D.C. area. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, and media articles documenting monuments and memorials dedicated to the B-26 Marauder and the men who flew and operated them.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Wendell A. Fetters Collection

Range: 1944 - 2012 Size: 1.36 Record Group: 100/29

Wendell A. Fetters (1924-2015) of Iowa served as a tail gunner on a B-26 Marauder in the 391st Bomb Group, 574th Bomb Squadron of the 9th Air Force during World War II. He flew 25 missions until being shot down and captured, spending the rest of the war in a German prison camp. After the war he served as an account representative and marketing manager and as Vice Commander and then Commander of the 391sth Bomb Group Association. His collection consists of correspondence with members of the 391st Bomb Group Association, newsletters, memoirs, and histories of the 391st Bomb Group.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Wilfred "Wally" Berg Collection

Range: 1941 - 1945 Size: 1.0 Record Group: 100/37

Wilfred T. “Wally” Berg (1908-2002) was an artist from Muskegon, Michigan who served as the photographer for the 17th Bomb Group of the 95th Bomb Squadron during World War II. He was stationed in North Africa, Italy, France, Austria, and Germany. His collection consists of photographic prints and negatives and notes on World War II as well as an extensive scrapbook made by Berg that includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.

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Bailey, Rae, Papers

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

Rae Bailey (1879-1958) was an author born in Savannah, Ohio who spent most of her life serving the community under a variety of different occupations. In addition to numerous poems and short stories, Bailey's most noted works are The Heritage of Agriculture: Historical Pageant Depicting the Past Achievements of Ashland County (1933) and Old Keys: An Historical Sketch of Clear Creek Township, Ashland County, Ohio (1941). Her papers include various poems and short stories as well as materials relating to her interest in the history of Savannah and Clear Creek Township in Ashland County. The papers also include genealogical records about the author’s ancestors, the John R. Bailey Family.

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Baldwin, Frank B., Papers

Range: 1919 - 1972 Size: 6.2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/134

Frank B. Baldwin was an employee of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company under their flight operations department and later their astronautics and undersea warfare sales department. He also served as a pilot and personal aide to Paul W. Litchfield, president and later CEO and Chairman of the Board of Goodyear. His papers include photograph albums, logs, and subject files from Baldwin’s 34 years at the company, in addition to numerous Goodyear-related film strips, slides, published materials, and artifacts.

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Bath Volunteers for Service Records

Range: 1958 - 2013 Size: 14 cubic feet Record Group: 99/179

Bath Volunteers for Service was founded in 1958 by the residents of Bath Township, a suburb of Akron, Ohio. The charitable organization works to serve the community through fundraising and financial donations to local schools, businesses, and recreation centers. The records include meeting minutes, financial documents, scrapbooks, reports, newsletters, membership information, photographs, and subject files.

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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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Better Business Bureau of Akron Records

Range: 1920 - 1976 Size: 67 cubic feet Record Group:

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Akron was founded in 1920 and serves both businesses and consumers in a six-county area including Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit, and Wayne counties. The Akron BBB strives to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust and provides numerous services to the community including business reviews, dispute resolution, education information, and business ethics.  The records consist of board meeting minutes, publications, scrapbooks, correspondence, and case files.


Better Business Bureau of Stark County Records

Range: 1962 - 1977 Size: 21 cubic feet Record Group:

The Better Business The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Stark County (also known as the Canton Better Business Bureau and Better Business Bureau of Canton and Greater West Virginia) was founded in 1961 and serves the Canton region in addition to 12 counties in Ohio and 52 in West Virginia. The Canton BBB strives to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust and provides numerous services to the community including business reviews, dispute resolution, education information, and business ethics. The records consist of board meeting minutes, publications, scrapbooks, correspondence, and case files.


Blair, Charles V., Papers

Range: 1964 - 1973 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/94

Charles V. Blair (1933-2004) served in various roles at The University of Akron including Director of the News Bureau and Institute for Civic Education and Dean of the Evening College. His papers include correspondence, meeting minutes, financial statements, project proposals, progress reports, and newspaper clippings of the Summit County Greater Akron Community Action Council, the Akron-Summit Tutorial Program, and Upward Bound.

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Blakeman, Alan E., Canal Slides

Range: 1950s - 1950s Size: 0.1 Record Group:

Alan E. Blakeman (1934-2016) of Montpelier, Vermont was a high school history and geography teacher in Ohio and Vermont and graduate of the College of Wooster where he wrote his senior independent study thesis on Ohio’s canals, titled “Canal Era in Ohio” (1956). His collection consists of 40 35mm color photographic slides he took of the remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal during the 1950s. 


Bluhm, Eileen E. Scrapbook

Range: 1981 - 2005 Size: 0.13 Record Group:

Eileen Bluhm was the Vice President of Communications at the Akron Regional Development Board from 1975 to 1995 and was considered one of Akron’s “chief civic boosters.”  She was involved in a number of local organizations including the Ohio Ballet, Akron Zoo, and the Akron Art Museum, to name  a few.  She was also a supporter of education and women’s rights. The scrapbook contains photographs, articles, awards, and newspaper clippings that document her life and work in the Akron area.

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Bock, Fred C., Papers

Range: 1904 - 1996 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group: 99/124

Fred C. Bock was a graduate of The University of Akron who worked as a radio broadcaster and personality for WADC radio and as an advertising agent in Akron, Ohio. He later co-founded the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and became an inductee. His papers include items from his radio and advertising careers, documents from the founding of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and materials from his time as a student at The University of Akron.

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Bosworth, Glenn "Speed", Papers

Range: 1894 - 1979 Size: 3.6 cubic feet Record Group: 99/140

Glenn V. "Speed" Bosworth (1894-1979) was a player, manager, and coach for numerous Akron, Ohio baseball and basketball teams and also served as a scout for the Cleveland Indians. His papers include correspondence, military records, church programs, autograph sheets, awards, newspaper clippings, team statistics and scorecards, scrapbooks, and photographs of Bosworth's activities as a player and coach. His papers also include materials relating to the leagues in he coached as well as records pertaining to scouting for the Cleveland Indians such as Indians season passes, minor league rosters, player evaluation reports, and schedules.

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Boy Scouts of America — Akron Area Council Records

Range: 1920 - 1963 Size: 26 cubic feet Record Group: 99/160

The Akron Area Council (#433) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America located in Akron, Ohio. The council was founded in 1921, but merged with the Great Trail Council when it was created in 1971. The records consist of meeting materials, financial records, licenses and royalties, organizational procedures and practices, personnel files, and files on significant sponsoring institutions, Camp Manatoc, and various programs.


Boy Scouts of America — Buckeye Council Records

Range: 1919 - 1960 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group:

The Buckeye Council (#436) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America located in Canton, Ohio. The council was founded in 1958 when the McKinley Area Council of Canton merged with the Massillon Area Council. The records include materials documenting the history of the Buckeye Council including correspondence, meeting minutes, merger materials, financial records, annual programs, and information on the Colorado Springs Jamboree in 1960.


Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers' International Union of America, Local 51 (Wooster)

Range: 1902 - 1957 Size: 0.25 cubic feet Record Group:

Charter and minute books.


Buchtelite Newspaper

Range: 1889 - Present Size: Record Group: 41/2

The Buchtelite is the independent student newspaper of The University of Akron and its predecessors. It was first published in 1899 as a monthly, but was soon published bi-monthly, weekly, and then bi-weekly during the school year. Summer session editions were also published, starting in 1925. The newspaper has gone through various title changes including The BuchteliteAkron Buchtelite, and Buchtelite. The collection includes bound and loose hard copies of the paper as well as microfilmed and digital copies.


Cain, John W.

Range: 1890 - 1930 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/86

John W. Cain was a contractor from Akron, Ohio who married Emma Von Kanel, widow of Walter H. Bowman, a photographer from Canton, Ohio who died in 1912. The photographs were mostly taken by Walter Bowman and John Cain and primarily include professional portraits of the Cain and Von Kanel families during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also included are snapshots of family members and their travels as well as buildings and neighborhoods in Akron, Massillon, and surrounding areas. The collection also contains some postcards and family correspondence.

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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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Cascade Locks Park Association

Range: 1990 - 1992 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


Chamberlain, Gladys, Collection

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

Gladys Chamberlain was a long-time resident of Summit County, Ohio who collected materials on the history of the state. Her collection includes publications, correspondence, photographs, drawings, and newspaper clippings that document Akron/Summit County and Ohio history. Topics include The University of Akron, Akron during World War II, area families, Akron clubs and associations, the War of 1812, and Summit County government, agencies, schools, and special interest groups.  The collection also includes copies of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company’s newsletter the Non-skid.


Citizens for a County Charter Records

Range: 1976 - 1979 Size: 0.25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/143

The Citizens for a County Charter was a bi-partisan, twenty-five member committee formed in 1979 to draft a charter for Summit County, Ohio and place it on the November ballot that year. Known as Issue 2, it passed on November 6, 1979 and went into effect on January 1, 1981. The records include materials pertaining to various aspects of the 1979 campaign for the adoption of a Summit County Charter including proposals, publicity, campaign plans, and correspondence.

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City of Akron, Office of the Mayor, John S. Ballard Records

Range: 1954 - 1979 Size: 116 cubic feet Record Group: 99/77

John S. Ballard (1922-2012), a Republican attorney from Akron, Ohio, served as Mayor of the City of Akron from 1966 through 1979. During his administration he battled intercity decay, loss of industry, unemployment, and migration of residents and retail to the suburbs with urban renewal and revitalization of the downtown area. The records from Ballard’s administration include subject files, scrapbooks, and legal records documenting his administration as well as information on boards and commissions, urban aid programs, and civil disturbances of the late 1960s.

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City of Akron, Office of the Mayor, Roy L. Ray Records

Range: 1979 - 1984 Size: 19.25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/120

Roy L. Ray (b. 1939), a Republican politician from Akron, Ohio, served as Mayor of the City of Akron from 1980 through 1983. During his administration he oversaw management of the city’s finances during the recession of the 1980s and economic development in downtown Akron. The records from Ray’s administration include correspondence and subject files documenting the activities and plans of his administration, including economic development, union negotiations, and unemployment.

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City of Akron, Office of the Mayor, Thomas C. Sawyer Records

Range: 1983 - 1986 Size: 20.35 cubic feet Record Group: 99/122

Thomas C. Sawyer (b. 1945), a Democratic politician from Akron, Ohio, served as Mayor of the City of Akron, Ohio from 1984 to 1986. During his administration he oversaw the balancing of the city budget, improved delivery of municipal services, redirected the course for the city’s growth by supporting research and development in the global rubber industry, and elevated the role of polymers in the economic future of Akron and Northeastern Ohio. The records from Sawyer’s administration include subject files, correspondence, budget and development plans, and department reports.

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Clapp, Kate, Papers

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

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.


Clark, C. J., Collection

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

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.


Cleveland Composers’ Guild Records

Range: 1975 - 2001 Size: 11.0 Record Group:

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. 


Colleagues Club of Canton

Range: 1927 - 1978 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

Minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, scrapbooks, and miscellany of a Jewish social organization.


Colley, Russell S.

Range: 1933 - 1971 Size: 0.5 cubic foot Record Group: 99/239

Russell S. Colley (1899-1996) was a mechanical engineer at the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio and later the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is known as inventor or co-inventor of numerous products including the "Riv-nut" that allowed a single worker to affix rivets to airplane wings and the first aircraft de-icer. Dubbed the "First Tailor of the Space Age" and "Father of the Spacesuit," Colley is also known for the design and development of space suits, including those worn by daredevil pilot Wiley Post and the Mercury astronauts. His papers include photographs, patents, and printed materials documenting his life and work.

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Collyer, John L.

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

John L. Collyer (1893-1979) was a mechanical engineer and naval architect who served as Vice President at Dunlop Tire & Rubber Company before becoming President of the B.F. Goodrich Company where he contributed to the development and production of synthetic rubber. His papers include newspaper clippings and photographs documenting his life and work. 


Communications Workers of America, Local 4302 (Akron) Records

Range: 1937 - 1971 Size: 5.33 cubic feet Record Group: 99/16

The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is the largest communications and media labor union in the United States. CWA Local 4302 is in District 4 and now represents workers in Akron and Canton, Ohio. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, bargaining and grievances documents, materials about AFL-CIO affiliates and community activities, and publications of CWA Local 4302 and its predecessor, Ohio Federal of Telephone Workers Local 201.

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Communications Workers of America, Local 4303 (Canton) Records

Range: 1935 - 1972 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group: 99/17

The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is the largest communications and media labor union in the United States. Before combining with CWA Local 4302 (Akron), CWA Local 4303 was in District 4 and represented workers in Canton, Ohio. The records include minutes of grievance meetings and reports on contract bargaining. 

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Community Welfare Forum of Summit County

Range: 1921 - 1993 Size: 1.0 Record Group: 99/163

The Community Welfare Forum of Summit County was founded in 1918 as the Social Workers Club of Summit County.  Since its inception, the organization has met monthly for a business meeting, luncheon, and presentation relating to social work.  The records consist of constitutions, correspondence, reports, programs, bulletins, minutes, advertisements, newspaper clippings, financial records, notes, questionnaires, ballots, calendars, and committee, speaker’s, and membership lists dating from 1921 to 1993.

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Corbin Foundation, Mary S. and David C., Records

Range: 1940s - 2000s Size: 1.25 Record Group:

The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation was created in 1968 by Mr. and Mrs. Corbin to help enrich the lives of the people of Akron and Summit County, Ohio. Mr. Corbin (1901-1979) owned and founded City Chevrolet in Akron, one of the largest automobile dealerships in Ohio, and took part in many business and civic organizations. The records include letters, newspaper clippings, funded projects files, photographs, scrapbooks, certificates, and biographical information that document the history of the foundation and the life and work of the Corbins.


Council of Churches of Christ

Range: 1964 - 1973 Size: 5 cubic feet Record Group:

Membership in the Council of Churches of Christ is open to all Christian churches; the organization assembled four times a year. Included in this collection are a position paper, constitution, pastor's list, programs of annual meetings, and various brochures/pamphlets.


Cuyahoga Valley Collection

Range: 1972 - 1978 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Publications and miscellanea regarding the Cuyahoga Valley, particularly the Cuyahoga Valley Park Federation and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.


D'Ianni, Dr. James D.,Collection of Alfin Rubber Materials

Range: 1945 - 1947 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Dr. James D. D'Ianni (1914-2007) was a noted rubber scientist from Akron, Ohio who worked for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and is known for his contributions to the development of synthetic rubber during World War II. The collection contains materials relating to the development and usage of Alfin synthetic rubber by Dr. D'Ianni and Dr. Avery A Morton of M.I.T. and includes reports, graphs, tables, and correspondence.


Dales Family Papers

Range: 1895 - 1972 Size: .86 Record Group: 99/181

The George S. Dales Company was founded by George S. Dales Sr. in 1876. Known for selling jewelry, instruments, and Victrola's, it was handed down to George S. Dales Jr. and then to Gerald L. Dales and lasted until 1969. George Dales Jr's other son, George Franklin Dales, founded the George Franklin Dales company in 1946. Working with Mechanical Industries Production Company, he invented the Mighty Mite Thermostat. Included in the collection are 39 Glass plate negatives showing images from around the turn of the 19th-20th century.

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Davidson, Dr. Herbert A., Papers

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

Herbert A. Davidson (1900-1974) was an African-American physician in Barberton, Ohio.  Active in numerous community organizations, he worked for justice and equality for all people throughout his lifetime. His papers consist of scrapbooks, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, and reports of numerous businesses and organizations he founded or directed including the American Welfare Workers Club, the Carver Thrift Club, and the Dunbar and Supreme Life Insurance companies.

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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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Dixon, G. Gale, Papers

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

Gale Dixon served as Chief Engineer for the Bureau of Water Works Improvement for the City of Akron, Ohio. Dixon’s papers relate to her career and Akron's water supply and include biographical information, reports, publications, topographic maps, and miscellaneous materials.


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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Edgerton, Sidney, Papers

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

Sidney Edgerton (1818-1900) was a politician, lawyer, judge, teacher, and abolitionist from Akron, Ohio. He served as a U.S. Congressional Representative for the Akron area from 1859 to 1863 and first Territorial Governor of Montana from 1864 to 1866. His papers include correspondence, speeches, certificates, and biographical material. The Civil War is the prominent subject, especially as it is seen from Congress and the people of the Akron area and Montana Territory.  View the Edgerton letters here.

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Electrical Workers, International Brotherhood of, Local 306

Range: 1942 - 1974 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group:

Agreements between Hoover Company and Local 709, Local 24425, Constitution and By-Laws for the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Includes minutes books for Local 306 (1958-1972).


Emich, Michael C., Lighter-Than-Air Collection

Range: 1920s - 1990s Size: 3.0 Record Group:

Michael C. “Mike” Emich of Akron, Ohio is an accomplished balloonist who builds and pilots hot air and gas balloons. He has set several world ballooning records and has achieved numerous awards and honors in ballooning. His collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document his life and work as well as materials he collected on the history of lighter-than-air flight.  


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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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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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.

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Fair Housing Contact Service Records

Range: 1965 - 1994 Size: 70 cubic feet Record Group:

Fair Housing Contact Service (FHCS) is an independent non-profit agency which provides comprehensive educational opportunities, counseling, and support services to people concerned about fair housing in the Akron, Ohio area. The organization strives to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination and promote equal housing opportunity. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, membership and program information, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. Also included are research notes and a draft manuscript for Juliet Saltman's Open Housing as a Social Movement.


Family Services of Summit County Records

Range: 1912 - 1980 Size: 12 cubic feet Record Group:

The Summit County Department of Family Services (now the Department of Job and Family Services) serves the people of Summit County, Ohio by providing social, financial, medical, and career-development services to better the lives of the members of the community. The records contain scrapbooks, annual reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and publications.  The records also include materials relating to the Dorcas Society, early Family Service achievements, and the Board of Volunteers. 


Fetzer, Herman and Hazel, Papers

Range: 1918 - 1973 Size: 7.88 cubic feet Record Group: 99/129

Herman Fetzer (1899-1935) was a journalist in Akron, Ohio who worked for a number of local newspapers and contributed numerous articles and columns to several local and national publications, usually under the pen-name Jake Falstaff. After Fetzer’s death, his wife, Hazel, edited many of his works and published them posthumously. The papers consist of manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous material that document Fetzer’s life and work. 

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Findley, Theodore “Ted” Collection

Range: 1836 - 1969 Size: 5.5 Record Group: 99/178

Ted Findley was a founding member of the Canal Society of Ohio. The collection consists of photographs of the canals and locks, and files related to Findley’s work in the Canal Society of Ohio, as well as other local societies. The collection also consists of personal and professional correspondence, and various canal and local history related publications.

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Firestone, Elizabeth Parke, Papers

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

Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897-1990) was the wife of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., son of Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, Sr. Her papers include correspondence, speeches, writings, family photographs, newspaper clippings, phonodiscs, and medals and awards. The papers also include information relating to clubs and interests of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and her husband as well as the family's Akron, Ohio residence known as Twin Oaks. 


First Universalist Church, Norwalk

Range: 1972 - 1975 Size: N/A Record Group:

Publications, class rosters, forms, minutes of Women's Universalist Missionary Association, financial reports, and other church records.


Fish, Floyd Hamilton Jr., Papers

Range: 1929 - 1974 Size: .25 Record Group: 99/111

Floyd Hamilton “Ham” Fish, Jr. (1923-2009) of Blacksburg, Virginia was a mechanical engineer and inventor who worked for Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware from 1954-1986, primarily in Pioneering Research. He was also an airship aficionado and assembled a small collection on the subject. His papers include correspondence, working/office files, original drawings by Fish of lighter-than-air craft, and Fish’s publications relating to his time working at DuPont, particularly on airship envelopes.

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Flickinger, Maynard L., Papers

Range: 1924 - 1987 Size: 1 cubic feet Record Group: 99/131

Maynard L. Flickinger (1900-1990) of Barberton, Ohio was an M.I.T. graduate and an airship engineer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s s Aeronautics Department, the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, and the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. His papers predominantly contain photographs and printed materials pertaining to airship design and airship travel, especially the U.S.S. Akron and the U.S.S. Macon

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Flower, Robert D., Collection

Range: 1887 - 1955 Size: 2.0 Record Group:

Robert D. “Bob” Flower is a long-time resident of Stow, Ohio and member and trustee of the Stow Historical Society. His collection includes aerial photographs of Akron, a scrapbook of the Akron Naval Reserve, a map of Summit County, hard copies of the Akron Beacon Journal, and memorabilia from Polsky’s Department Store and Akron Central Hower High School.


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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Foster, Robert J., Papers

Range: 1950s - 1980s Size: 2.0 Record Group:

Robert J. “Bob” Foster (1924-2009) of Randolph, Ohio served in the Navy during World War II and worked at Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and then Goodyear Aerospace for 39 years, from 1946 to 1985. He received three patents while working at Goodyear. His papers include correspondence, photographs, and blueprints relating to his life and work. 


Franklin Club

Range: 1920 - 1985 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

History of meetings, attendance records, treasurer's records, constitution, correspondence, meeting summaries, obituaries, and membership registers.


Friends of Music Records

Range: 1921 - 2007 Size: 2.0 Record Group:

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.


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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General Tire and Rubber Company Records

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

The General Tire & Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1915 by William O’Neil and Winfred E. Fouse. The company began by making repair materials for tires, but moved on to produce their own brand of tires and eventually became the fifth major tire manufacturer in the United States. Their discovery of oil-extended rubber in 1949 caused a major legal debate with larger tire manufacturers over the patent rights to the use of oil-extended rubber. The bulk of the records relate to the court cases and include court records, exhibits, technical reports, manufacturers literature, and other material, both original and on microfilm.


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.


Gieck, Jack E., Collection

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

Jack E. Gieck (1923-2015) was an engineer, author, past-president of the Canal Society of Ohio, and founder of Cinemark, Inc., a producer of technical and historical films including the award-winning Ohio’s Canal Era. His collection includes negatives, prints, and contact sheets of canal scenes and sketches, engravings, and maps that Gieck collected from museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, and individuals throughout the state of Ohio that were used in A Photo Album of Ohio's Canal Era (Kent State University Press, 1988, 1992)


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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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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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.


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records

Range: 1898 - 1993 Size: 1,000 cubic feet Record Group: 99/106

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1898 by F.A. and C.W. Seiberling. The company began by manufacturing bicycle and carriage tires, but soon produced tires for automobiles, trucks, airplanes, tractors, and earth-moving equipment, as well as mechanical goods such as belts, hoses, and conveyors. During the world wars the company manufactured blimps and balloons as well as airplane parts and tires for military vehicles. Goodyear later manufactured weapons for the Cold War and components for the space program. The records include correspondence, annual reports, financial reports, publications, news releases, newspaper clippings, advertisements, scrapbooks, product files, photographs, and films and video that document the history of the company. Topics include aviation, lighter-than-air flight, labor relations, employee activities, products, advertising, plants and plantations, public relations, and racing.

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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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Gradisher, Thomas D. Journals and Travel Books

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

Thomas D. “Thom” Gradisher, a University of Akron alumnus, 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 journals and travel books document his travels and work for the State Department.

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Grand Army of the Republic, Buckley Post #12 Records

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

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War. The GAR’s Buckley Post #12 was located in Akron, Ohio and was part of the national organization. The records include meeting minutes, postcards, newspaper clippings, resolutions, correspondence, relief fund reports, and membership lists

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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.


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 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.


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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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.


Gsellman, Barbara, Collection

Range: 1936 - 1989 Size: 0.2 Record Group:

Barbara Gsellman (1927-2013) was an instructor/lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, the Community & Technical College, and the Evening College at The University of Akron (UA) from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. Her collection contains materials relating to UA and local history including UA Faculty Women’s Club yearbooks, newspaper clippings of UA faculty and staff, and several pamphlets relating to aeronautics.


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.  Guggenhiem Reports on-line

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Guzzetta, Dr. Dominic J., Papers

Range: 1964 - 2009 Size: 6.0 Record Group:

Dr. Dominic J. Guzzetta (1920-2010) served numerous deanships and vice presidencies at The University of Akron before becoming the institution’s 11th president, serving from 1971 to 1984. During his tenure he oversaw the opening of E.J. Thomas Hall, the acquisition of the Rubber Bowl, and the creation of Wayne College. He later became president of the I-X Center in Cleveland. His papers include photographs, scrapbooks, slides, travel itineraries, and artifacts that document his life and work. 


Hart, Hazel Bessey, Collection

Range: 1885 - 1964 Size: 1.0 Record Group:

Hazel Bessey “Bess” Hart was a student at Buchtel College (now The University of Akron) from 1907-1911. Her collection includes publications, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, and photograph albums that document the college and her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. 


Hartrum, Newell H., Drawings of University of Akron Buildings

Range: 1983 - 1983 Size: 0.25 Record Group:

Newell H. “Newt” Hartrum (1926-2012) was a graphic designer and freelance artist from Wooster, Ohio who created numerous pen and ink drawings of houses and buildings in Ohio. The drawings consists of seven 16” x 20” prints of Newell’s illustrations of buildings on The University of Akron campus including Buchtel Hall, Memorial Hall, McDowell Law Center, Buckingham Center, E.J. Thomas Hall, Gardner Student Center, and Auburn Science Center.


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 Papers

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

Otis Hower (1859-1916) was director, vice president, and then general manager of the American Cereal Company (later Quaker Oats Company) in Akron, Ohio and held administrative positions in numerous Akron businesses and organizations. His wife, Blanche Brout Hower, was a leader in community and civic affairs, served as a state representative from 1935-1936, and was instrumental in starting the Hower Trade School. The papers include business correspondence, financial records, legal documents, accounts of foreign travel, photographs, newspaper clippings, ledgers, certificates, and scrapbooks documenting this branch of the Hower family.


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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Huber, Walter B., Papers

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

Walter B. Huber (1903-1982) was a Democratic United States Representative from Akron, Ohio who served in Congress from 1945 until 1951. His papers include correspondence, annual reports, Congressional Directories, copies of the Congressional Record, and political convention proceedings.


Huber, William Henry, Papers

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

Dr. William Henry Huber was a Reverend and Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio.  His papers include sermons, articles for the Akron Beacon Journal, photographs, and newspaper clippings documenting his life and work.


International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Technicians, Moving Picture Machine Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, Local 48 (Akron/Canton)

Range: 1910 - 1978 Size: 0.8 cubic feet Record Group:

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Technicians, Moving Picture Machine Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) is a labor union founded in 1893 that represents technicians, artisans, and craftspersons in the entertainment industry. Chartered in 1897, Local 48 represents professional stagehands and extras in the Akron/Canton, Ohio area in negotiations with local employers. The records include constitutions and bylaws, contracts, financial records, membership applications, and meeting minutes of Local 48.


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1985 (North Canton)

Range: 1942 - 1974 Size: 0.8 cubic feet Record Group:

Minutes of the Board and membership meetings, 1958-1971 (6 volumes), minutes of stewards meetings, 1961-1967 (1 volume), and contract agreements with the Hoover Company.


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 306 (Akron)

Range: 1929 - 1962 Size: 14 cubic feet Record Group:

Executive Board minutes, 1929-1962 (6 volumes) and local union minutes, 1930-1960 (8 volumes).


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 690 (Akron)

Range: 1929 - 1935 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Records, 1933-1935, 1 volume, minutes of a defunct local.


International Chemical Workers Union Council Records

Range: 1949 - 1998 Size: 190 cubic feet Record Group:

The International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC), founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944, represents workers in the chemical industry in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, it merged with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) in 1996. The records include local union correspondence, legal briefs, collective bargaining information, research files, and educational material.


International Institute of Akron

Range: 1923 - 1978 Size: 15 cubic feet Record Group:

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. 


Isenman, Louis P. Papers

Range: 1862 - 1975 Size: 0.39 Record Group: 99/183

Louis P. Isenman was born in 1895 to German immigrant, John Isenman. A member of the Alsace-Lorraine Benevolent Union, he joined the military and served in both the Mexican Border War and World War I. Discharged in 1919, he passed away in 1986. The collection contains several documents from his father’s citizenship papers to his military papers as well as 152 photographs covering both the Mexican Border War and World War I.

 

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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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Jacobson, John and Betty, Papers

Range: 1936 - 1979 Size: 5.5 Record Group:

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. 


Karam, Adib, Papers

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

Dr. Adib Karam was a physician, humanitarian, and alumnus of The University of Akron (Class of 1925) who established a fund to further the interests of UA alumni and for the benefit of University Libraries. His papers include certificates, diaries, slides, photographs, maps, newspaper and journal articles, correspondence, manuscripts, booklets, and brochures that document his volunteer work with people and causes around the world including Project Hope, Africa, Navajo Indians, Vietnam, Middle East, Alaska, San Quentin, California Institute for Women, and Southeast Asia.


Karam, Annetta, Travel Diaries

Range: 2001 - 2009 Size: 0.25 Record Group:

Annetta Karam (1915-2014) was a social worker in New York and Akron, Ohio, an active community member, an honorary alumna of The University of Akron (UA), and a world traveler who traveled around the world 10 times. She also was the wife of Dr. Harvey A. Karam and sister of Dr. Adib Karam, recognized Akron physicians and UA alums. Her travel diaries include 29 unbound, typewritten logs or diaries that document her travels around the world.


Kiwanis Club of Akron Records

Range: 1916 - 1990 Size: 25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/108

Kiwanis International, founded in 1915, is a global community of clubs, members, and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children. The Kiwanis Club of Akron was founded in 1916 as the sixth Kiwanis Club in the world. Its members include community leaders that engage in meaningful service and hold relevant speaking engagements that keep members informed on local issues. The records document the club's history, its organization, financial information, membership, activities, and relationships to other organizations.


Knight, Dr. Charles M., Family Papers

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

Dr. Charles M. Knight (1848-1941) held numerous positions at Buchtel College (now The University of Akron) including Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences, Professor of Chemistry, Professor Emeritus, Dean, and Acting President from 1896-1897. He started the first course in rubber chemistry in 1909 and the Knight Chemical Laboratory at the university was named in his honor. The papers include personal letters, diaries, journals, business papers, photographs, and artifacts relating Knight and his family including 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.


Knight, John S.

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

John S. Knight (1894-1981) was a journalist and newspaper publisher from Akron, Ohio who inherited the Akron Beacon Journal from his father and parlayed it into a newspaper conglomerate known as Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc. His papers consist primarily of material relating to his life and career including correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, “Editor's Notebooks,” newspaper clippings, photographs, phonotapes, and memorabilia.

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Laborers' International Union of North America, Ohio-Kentucky Regional Office

Range: 1937 - 1967 Size: 55 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence, minutes of meetings, financial records, and reports relating to the activities of the Locals and the Regional and National Offices of the LIU and its predecessor, the International Hod Carriers,' Building and Common Laborers' Union of America.


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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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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Lighter-Than-Air

Range: 1929 - 1929 Size: 0.2 cubic feet Record Group:

16mm film primarily on the building of the Goodyear Airship Dock (completed in 1929).


Lighter-Than-Air Society Collection

Range: 1900 - 1974 Size: 70 cubic Record Group:

The Lighter-Than-Air Society (LTAS) is a non-profit organization founded in Akron, Ohio in 1952 that promotes the history, preservation, and education of the airship industry and serves as a caretaker of the rich heritage of lighter-than-air flight. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, books, speeches, newspaper clippings, publications, and films documenting the history of lighter-than-air flight and the LTAS.


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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Lodge, William R., Papers

Range: 1930 - 1946 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group:

William Ralph Lodge (1874-1947), known as “Mr. Silver Lake,” was mayor and justice of the peace of what became known as the Village of Silver Lake, Ohio. His family owned Silver Lake and built an amusement park on its shores, for which Lodge served as secretary and manager. His papers include typewritten articles relating to Silver Lake, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, and surrounding areas.


Manifold, Cortland B.

Range: 1921 - 1952 Size: 1.0 Record Group: 99/243

Courtland B. Manifold (1894-1973) was a soil specialist who worked for the United States government as well as Goodyear and Firestone. He investigated land in South America, West Africa, and the Far East for planting of rubber during the first half of the twentieth century. His papers contain his diaries and photographs that document his work and his travels.

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Mansfield Education Association

Range: 1939 - 1966 Size: 0.33 cubic feet Record Group:

The collection contains minutes of general and Executive Board meetings, treasurers' reports, newsletters, and correspondence.


Manufacturers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company

Range: 1900 - 1940 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group:

Insurance plan drawings for industrial sites in the Northeast, Midwest, and South, most located in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Plans give isometric and flat plan views of plant sites and include detailed information on construction and layout. Scale: 1"=50'.


Massillon Trades and Labor Assembly

Range: 1895 - 1965 Size: 1.2 cubic feet Record Group:

Minute books, roll call books, journals of receipts and expenses, newsletters, clippings, pamphlets, and lists.


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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McCollam, William, Papers

Range: 1864 - 1864 Size: 0.33 cubic feet Record Group: 99/241

William McCollam (1831-1896) was a carpenter from Uhrichsville, Ohio who served with the 161st Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) of the 70th Battalion during the American Civil War and later became captain in the Ohio National Guard. His papers include correspondence and records that document his military career and other Civil War soldiers from Uhrichsville.   View the McCollam letters here.

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McDonald, Peter Papers

Range: 1964 - 2013 Size: 7.0 Record Group:

Peter McDonald (1930-2013) was a tire designer/engineer with The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and a tire forensics expert who served as a consultant and expert witness on numerous murder trials throughout the United States and Canada.  His papers include correspondence, drawings, patents, news releases, publications, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, audio/video, and training materials that document his life and work and the trials that he worked on.


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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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.


McKeeman, Rev. Gordon B., Papers

Range: 1980s - 1990s Size: 1.0 Record Group:

Rev. Gordon B. McKeeman (1920-2013) of Lynn, Massachusetts served as minister of several Universalist churches in New England before serving as pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) in Akron, Ohio from 1961 to 1983. He was also an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Association and served as president of the Starr King School, a seminary in Berkeley, California. His papers include notes, newsletters, sermons, programs, and other materials created and collected by McKeeman that document his life and work and the history of the UUC.


Milkovich, Dr. Ralph, Papers, 1956-1986

Range: 1956 - 1986 Size: 4.0 Record Group: 99/254

Dr. Ralph Milkovich was a polymer scientist and polymer chemist and Professor of Polymer Science at The University of Akron. As a pioneer in the synthesis of pure block and graft polymers, he has over 40 patents and is cited on many others. The Dr. Ralph Milkovich Papers consist of information detailing Milkovich’s life and work and include resumes, CVs, obituaries, awards, patents, publications, organizational records, and collected material.

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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.


National Inventors Hall of Fame

Range: 1973 - 1999 Size: 37 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


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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Nelson, Daniel, Collection

Range: 1900 - 1941 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group:

Dr. Daniel Nelson is Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Akron who specializes in American business and labor history and has published numerous books on these topics. His collection consists of research materials for his book American Rubber Workers & Organized Labor, 1900-1941 including research notes, oral history interviews, meeting minutes, manuscripts, demographic studies, articles, newspaper clippings, chapter critiques, and correspondence. The collection also includes information regarding the United Rubber Workers (URW) and numerous rubber companies.


Neumann, Loretta, Oral History Interviews

Range: 1996 - 2006 Size: 1.0 Record Group:

Loretta Neumann of Washington, D.C. served as legislative assistant to Congressman John F. Seiberling of Akron, Ohio from 1973 to 1987. Her oral history interviews include 14 cassette tapes and transcriptions of interviews she conducted with Congressman Seiberling and his colleagues and members of his staff and family. 


Ninth Air Force Association, Archives of the

Range: 1932 - 2012 Size: 39.36 cubic feet Record Group: 99/127

The Ninth Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command that carried out tactical bombing of enemy targets in support of the Allied ground forces and engaged in air to air fighter combat against enemy aircraft in the North African Campaign and European Theater of World War II. The Ninth Air Force also engaged in combat operations during the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm. The Ninth Air Force Association (9AFA) was established in 1990 to broaden public knowledge of the deeds and history of the Ninth Air Force and to honor and commemorate the sacrifices made by its members. The Archives of the 9AFA includes newsletters, membership lists, reunion programs, and photographs. It also contains unit histories and personal papers such as diaries, photographs, and oral histories of individuals who served in the Ninth Air Force, predominantly during World War II.

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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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Oenslager, George, Papers

Range: 1850 - 1972 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

George Oenslager (1873-1956) was a chemist who worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio. He discovered that a derivative of aniline accelerated the vulcanization of rubber with sulfur, which was crucial to the commercialization of both natural and synthetic rubber. His papers consist of correspondence, financial records, photographs, biographical information, chemistry notes, manuals and equipment, and patents.


Ohio Ballet Records

Range: 1972 - 1991 Size: 22 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


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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Ohio Edison Company Records

Range: 1869 - 1964 Size: 315 cubic feet Record Group: 99/102

The Ohio Edison Company (OEC) was formed in 1950 after a merger between the Ohio Public Service and Ohio Edison. With its headquarters located in Akron, Ohio, the OEC was responsible for providing services to 569 rural communities and 22 municipalities. The OEC continued to expand to become the FirstEnergy Corporation in 1996. The records include minute books, ledgers, cash books, operating reports, and photographs from over 200 subsidiary companies that formed Ohio Edison and Ohio Public Service. The records also include information on street car and interurban development including annual reports, timetables, motormen reports, financial records, and photographs. 

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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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Oral History of the Crime Victim Assistance Field Video and Audio Archive

Range: 2002 - 2002 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

The Oral History of the Crime Victim Assistance Field Project was funded in 2002 by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. It is one of many projects developed by Justice Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing rights, resources, and respect for victims and communities hurt by crime. The video archive includes 55 hours of digitized video interviews and transcripts with 65 of the key individuals involved the development of the crime victim assistance field.

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Pahlau, James A.

Range: 1842 - 2003 Size: 68 cubic feet Record Group: 99/142

James A. “Jim” Pahlau (1930-2007) was an expert on local and regional architecture, especially in Akron and Summit County, Ohio.  He was also a collector of resources on the subject.  The James A. Pahlau Collection consists of personal papers, printed materials, photographs, architectural drawings, and phonograph records documenting local and regional architecture and theater.  There is also a large amount of materials on Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and Progress Through Preservation.

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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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Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Cuyahoga Falls

Range: 1833 - 1976 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

Minutes, reports, financial records, membership rosters, scrapbooks, sermons, historical summaries, correspondence, clippings, and photographs.


Polen, Edna Mae, Papers

Range: 1936 - 2010 Size: 1.0 Record Group:

Edna Mae Polen (1917-2010) of Salineville, Ohio was a 1940 graduate of The University of Akron (UA). She worked for many years as Secretary at the B.F. Goodrich Company and Coastal Trucking Co./Coastal Tank Lines, Inc. of Akron. Her papers include booklets, yearbooks, newsletters, report cards, and photographs documenting student life at UA in the 1930s as well as the B.F. Goodrich Company and several local organizations she was involved with. 


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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Priest, Dr. Ira A., Papers and Artifacts

Range: 1876 - 1956 Size: 12.0 Record Group: 99/84

Dr. Ira A. Priest (1856-1933) was a minister in the Universalist Church, fifth president of Buchtel College (now The University of Akron), and a chaplain in the 8th Ohio Infantry of the Ohio National Guard. His papers and artifacts consist of correspondence, sermons, writings, printed materials, photographs, clippings, uniforms, personal items, and memorabilia that relate to Dr. Priest’s long career as a minister, chaplain, and academic in Ohio, Texas, and Vermont.

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Private Industry Council of Akron

Range: 1979 - 1982 Size: 1.3 Record Group: 99/95

The Private Industry Council (PIC) of Akron was formed in 1978 as an outgrowth of President Jimmy Carter’s Private Sector Initiative Program.  The records consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, booklets, pamphlets, reports, surveys, photographs, and advertisements relating to PIC activities, including job training and hiring programs and advertising campaigns to attract new businesses to Akron.

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Progress Through Preservation (PTP)

Range: 1984 - 1995 Size: 1.5 cubic feet Record Group:

Records of an Akron non-profit organization devoted to preservation of the city's historic architecture, includes: organizational documents, trustee meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, program records, and mailing lists.


Ray, Roy L., Papers

Range: 1978 - 1995 Size: 3.0 cubic feet Record Group: 99/121

Roy L. Ray was a politician and public servant from Akron, Ohio who served as Deputy Service Director in 1971, Public Utilities Commissioner in 1973, Budget Director in 1975, and Finance Director in 1977.  He served as Mayor of Akron from 1980 through 1983 and Ohio State Senator from 1987 to 2001. His papers consist of campaign records for both of his mayoral campaigns, materials from his time as mayor, correspondence during his time as an Ohio State Senator, and diplomas, certificates, and memorabilia. 

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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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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, Papers

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

Rev. George Everett Ross was Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio, one of the largest churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and played a pivotal role in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ross was an alcoholic who was a crusader for the addicted and homeless. His papers include sermons, correspondence, newspaper clippings, course outlines for classes he conducted, class notes, term papers, and phonotapes. They also include church bulletins and documents relating to diocesan and parish matters of the Episcopal Church. 


Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio Records

Range: 1914 - 1993 Size: 50 cubic feet Record Group:

Rotary International is non-profit international service organization founded in 1905 that brings together businesses and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. The Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio, founded in 1914, supports youth programs and partners with organizations on projects for the betterment of the community. The records include rosters, committee materials, membership files, programs, newsletters, financial records, portraits, publications, and audit files.


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 Records

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

Mrs. Ben H. Ruhlin was a “prayer crusader” from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio who spent two and a half years crusading to have prayer restored to schools during the 1970s through the Prayer Campaign Committee. The records include correspondence, publicity, petitions, and other materials relating to Mrs. Ruhlin and the committee’s efforts to restore prayer to public schools.


Sailor, Joseph, Letters

Range: 1862 - 1894 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/82

Joseph Sailor (1824-1863), a tanner from DeGraff, Ohio, served as a private in Company E of the 45th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. His letters primarily consist of correspondence to his wife and parents from 1862 to his death in 1863 and detail daily life of the Union soldier in camp, prosecution of the war in Kentucky, and medical practice during the Civil War. Also included are a newspaper account of Sailor's life and several letters describing politics in Civil War-era Ohio.

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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

Range: - Size: Record Group:

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


Seiberling, John F., Papers

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

John F. Seiberling, Jr. (1918-2008) was the grandson of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling and a Democratic congressman representing Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, based in Akron, Ohio. He helped establish the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and served on the House Judiciary Committee that held the impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon. His papers document his congressional activities and include correspondence, legislation drafts, reports, newspaper clippings, artifacts, and materials relating to bills before Congress. Subjects include the Nixon impeachment hearings, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Alaska lands, strip and surface mining, and public lands issues.

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Seiberling, Willard P., Papers

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

Willard Penfield Seiberling (1892-1981) was the son of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company co-founder F. A. Seiberling and his wife, Gertrude Penfield Seiberling. He was the first assistant manager and then manager of the Goodyear Aeronautics Department. He later served as a manager at the Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company and eventually became secretary and director. His papers include personal and business correspondence, drawings, photographs, negatives, blueprints, and legal documents regarding his business activities at both the Goodyear and Seiberling tire and rubber companies.

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Semon, Waldo L., Papers

Range: 1926 - 1990 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 99/245

Waldo L. Semon (1898-1999) was a renowned research chemist and eventually Director of Polymer Research at the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio. He obtained over 150 patents for his developments and improvements in the rubber and plastics industry including plasticized PVC known as Keroseal and styrene-butadiene synthetic rubber known as Ameripol. His papers include experiment notebooks, research notes, correspondence, and subject files relating to rubber research.

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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.


Shoman, Edward C., Papers

Range: 1930 - 2003 Size: 4.34 cubic feet Record Group: 99/133

Edward C. Shoman was the marketing manager of big tire sales at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. His papers include business correspondence, reports, and personal notes from his 34 years at Goodyear in addition to numerous Goodyear related photographs, slides, video tapes, and published materials that mostly document Goodyear's off-the-road tires.

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Sierra Club, Portage Trail Group, Records

Range: 1971 - 2006 Size: 21 Record Group:

The Portage Trail Group of the Sierra Club was founded in Akron, Ohio in 1972. The group advocated for a number of local environmental causes including the creation the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. Today, it offers public education programs, lobbies for outdoor recreation, and offer scholarships for environmental education. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, bylaws, histories, photographs, budgets, directories, newspaper clippings, maps, newsletters, publications, financial records, subject files and VHS tapes that document the history and work of the group. The records also contain some materials relating to the national organization.


Stux, Erica, Papers

Range: 1996 - 2010 Size: 1.0 Record Group:

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.

 


Summit County Civilian Defense Council

Range: 1941 - 1946 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

Scrapbooks, radio scripts, and publications. Scrapbooks (six) on civilian defense activities , Books (four) with publications on child care, nutrition, statistics, and handbooks on jobs within the council (medical corps, firefighters, bomb squads, etc.). Framed "Citation for Merit" for the work done by members of the Defense Council.


Suso, Julian., Papers

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

Julian Suso was a faculty member at The University of Akron and Director of the Akron Department of Planning and Urban Renewal. His papers include reports, proposals, and correspondence regarding his career and the development of the Akron area.


Sylvia Smith Archives of Smith Publications & Sonic Arts Editions

Range: 1930s - 2000s Size: 30 cubic feet Record Group:

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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Talalay Foam Rubber Archives

Range: 1920s - 1994 Size: 12 cubic feet Record Group: 99/250

Dr. Joseph Talalay and his sons, Leon and Anselm, were integral players in the history of rubber. They developed and perfected a process to make latex sponge rubber that was more sustainable than other processes. Much of their work occurred at the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio during the 1950s and '60s. The process was used by over 20 countries across the world and has continued to be used to create mattresses, pillows and other products comprised of foam rubber. The archive contains material relating to the Talalay Foam Rubber Process and the Talalay Family and includes agreements, correspondence, patents, products, processes, reports, foam rubber samples, and blueprints and photographs of plants and machinery.

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Tel-buch

Range: 1880 - 2008 Size: Record Group: 41/2

The Tel-buch is the annual yearbook of The University of Akron. It was originally titled Argo (1880) and The Buchtel (1882-1908) before becoming The Tel-buch. Yearbooks were not published for 1934, 1943, 1945-1947, 1949-1951.


Tel-Buch Office Records

Range: 1964 - 1997 Size: 22 cubic feet Record Group: 52

The Tel-Buch is the annual yearbook of The University of Akron and its predecessors. The records mainly consist of photographs from the Tel-Buch Office that appeared in the yearbook. The photographs document student clubs and organizations, university athletics, campus buildings, and special events.

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Telephone Directories

Range: 1912 - 1990 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group:

Akron and surrounding area telephone directories, including Barberton, Clinton, Cuyahoga Falls, Macedonia, Uniontown, Tallmadge, Copley, Ghent, and Kenmore.


The University of Akron Women’s Club Records

Range: 1989 - 2004 Size: 2.0 Record Group:

The University of Akron Women’s Club (UAWC), formerly The University of Akron Faculty Women’s Club, is primarily a social organization composed of women employees and female spouses of UA employees that promotes social, informational, and service opportunities to its members and raises funds for scholarships for female UA students. The records include meeting minutes, financial records, newsletters, membership lists, and special events information. 


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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Unitarian Universalist Association, Ohio-Meadville District

Range: 1920 - 1998 Size: 46 cubic feet Record Group:

Primarily records of the Ohio-Meadville District (UUA-OMD) from 1963-1998, includes: District office records, board records, program records, financial records, and congregational records. Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, press releases, and photographs.


United Brick and Clay Workers, Buckeye Council 9 Records

Range: 1935 - 1970 Size: 2.0 Record Group: 99/59

The records of District Council No. 9 of the United Brick and Clay Workers consist of correspondence, minutes, agreements and financial records. 

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United Brick and Clay Workers, District Council No. 9, Dennison

Range: 1928 - 1976 Size: 2.8 cubic feet Record Group:

Correspondence, minutes, agreements, and financial records.


United Community Council of Summit County Records

Range: 1941 - 1975 Size: 3.0 Record Group: 99/91

The United Community Council (UCC) of Summit County was a non-profit organization that represented public and voluntary health, welfare, group-work, and recreation agencies and organizations. Its job was to create plans to meet problems in these areas and to mobilize citizens’ support in favor of these projects. The records document the history of the UCC including its origins, functions, objectives, organization, operation and programs and mostly include meeting minutes, studies, and publications.

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United Food and Commercial Workers (U.F.C.W.), International Union

Range: 1935 - 1981 Size: 12 cubic feet Record Group:

This collection largely focuses on the Local 31 and includes a variety of materials such as manuals, reports, ledgers, dues books, a film, membership forms, attendance records, benefit forms, shop cards, cash books, agreements, insurance information and minutes. The bulk of the collection consists of local contracts and negotiations.


United Garment Workers of America, Local 294 (Ashland)

Range: 1941 - 1967 Size: 0.2 cubic feet Record Group:

Meeting minutes.


United Glass and Ceramic Workers, Local 96

Range: 1964 - 1978 Size: 0.2 cubic feet Record Group:

The collection includes agreements, attendance records, correspondence, minutes of meetings and records of individual union dues paid to the Local.


United Paperworkers, Local 150

Range: 1933 - 1976 Size: 0.6 cubic feet Record Group:

Meeting minutes.


United Rubber Workers (URW), Local 5, Records

Range: 1939 - 1987 Size: 64 cubic feet Record Group:

The United Rubber Workers (URW) was founded in Akron in 1935 to improve working conditions for all rubber workers. In 1995, the URW merged with the United Steelworks of America (USW). At its peak, the URW had nearly 200,000 members in hundreds of chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The records include newsletters, contracts, agreements, negotiations, grievance files, petitions, general office files, meeting minutes, union elections, and photographs of URW Local 5 of Akron.


United Steel Workers of America, Local 4377 (Coshocton)

Range: 1950 - 1976 Size: 0.4 cubic feet Record Group:

Minutes of meetings, a written history, auditing committee quarterly reports, and miscellaneous materials.


University Club of Akron

Range: 1916 - 1978 Size: 8 cubic feet Record Group:

Contains minutes of board meetings, minutes of annual meetings, financial and accountants statements, rosters of members, committee and officer correspondence, merger documents, theatrical show programs, pamphlets, photographs, deeds, and time-log books.


University of Akron General History Records

Range: 1893 - 1990 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 2

The general history records contain correspondence, historical summaries, and reminiscences primarily relating to the early years of Buchtel College.  A majority of the correspondence including in this collection are former students and alumni remembering their time at Buchtel College.  Of special note is a student letter written immediately following the Buchtel Hall fire of 1899.  Other topics include the college’s founders, Lucinda “Aunty” Brown’s boarding house, and student activities during World War I and II.


University of Akron Photographs

Range: 1854 - 2004 Size: 36 cubic feet (70 boxes) Record Group: 99/49

The University of Akron Photographs contains prints and negatives photographed during 1854-2004 depicting special events, student life, the campus landscape, and individual students and faculty members.

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University of Akron Postcard Collection

Range: 1905 - circa 2000 Size: 0.3 cubic feet; 1 box Record Group: 50

The University of Akron, founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, is an urban public research university in Akron, Ohio. The Postcard Collection is an artificial collection compiled by the archives from different sources that consists of postcards depicting campus buildings and grounds.

 

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University of Akron Slide Collection

Range: 1961 - 1988 Size: 0.5 Record Group: 51

The University of Akron, founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, is an urban public research university in Akron, Ohio. The photographic slide collection is an artificial collection compiled by the archives from different sources that consists of photographic slides depicting people, places, and events associated with the university. 

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Vallen, George D., Sr., Papers

Range: 1916 - 2013 Size: 1.25 Record Group: 99/173

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George Dales Vallen, Sr. (1899-1978) of Akron, Ohio served during the Mexican Border War and during World War I in Company F of the 8th Ohio Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard, which was redesignated Company F of the 146th Infantry Regiment of the 73rd Infantry Brigade of the 37th Division, also known as the “Buckeye Division.”  His papers document his experiences during the Border War and World War I and include diaries, correspondence, photographs, Company F rosters, maps of the front, a two-volume history of the 37th Division, and a biography of Vallen.  Researchers interested in the experience of an enlisted man during the Great War or the war in general would find this collection useful. 

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Voris, Alvin Coe, Letters

Range: 1860 - 1865 Size: .50 Record Group: 99/140

Alvin Coe Voris (1827-1904), an attorney from Akron, Ohio, served in the Ohio Legislature and then as commander of the 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. He rose to the rank of Brevet Major General commanding a Brigade and then a Division. His letters consist of correspondence to his wife, Lydia Allyn Voris, from 1860 through 1865 that relate his experiences as a soldier and officer in the Union Army.

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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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Weathervane Community Playhouse Records

Range: 1935 - 1992 Size: 45 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


Welton, Allen, Collection; Oak Hill Cheese Factory, Collection

Range: 1862 - 1876 Size: .25 cubic foot Record Group: 99/87

Allen Welton (1809-1878) of New York settled in Peninsula, Ohio in 1841 and became a prominent dairy farmer by building a successful cheese factory on his property, the Oak Hill Factory, the first in Summit County and one of the largest cheese producers in the area in the nineteenth century. Welton later opened the county’s second factory in Bath and helped the Western Reserve earn the nickname “Cheesedom” as he shipped his cheese throughout the Midwest and east coast of the United States and to the United Kingdom. The collection includes correspondence, postcards, circulars, receipts, and market reports pertaining to Welton and the Oak Hill Cheese Factory. The early correspondence relates to the American Civil War and Reconstruction era.

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West Side Neighbors

Range: 1967 - 1973 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:

Minutes, newsletters, correspondence, committee records, publications, and news clippings of a west Akron neighborhood organization seeking to maintain a stable, integrated community.


White, Judge Harold F., Papers

Range: 1958 - 1999 Size: 2.0 Record Group:

Judge Harold F. White (1920-2014) was a graduate of The University of Akron (UA) School of Law (Class of 1952) and served on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio for more than 41 years, from 1958 to 1999. He also served as adjunct professor in the School of Law at UA and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University. His papers include documents and newspaper clippings that document his life and work.


Whited, Charles, Manuscript and Oral History Interviews

Range: 1985 - 1985 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group: 99/155

Charles “Charlie” Whited (1929-1991) was a columnist for The Miami Herald for more than 25 years and was American newspaper publisher John S. Knight’s official biographer. The collection consists of a typescript of Whited’s biography of Knight in addition to various oral history interviews of Knight’s friends, family, and associations conducted by Whited in the 1980s during his research for the book.

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WHLO Broadcast Recordings

Range: 1962 - 1977 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group:

WHLO (640 AM) is a commercial radio station licensed to Akron, Ohio that serves both the Akron and Canton metropolitan areas. Owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the station broadcasts primarily a news/talk format. The recordings consists of approximately 310 reel-to-reel tapes of broadcasts from the 1960s and ‘70s concerning local people, issues, and events. 


Wilson, Craig

Range: 1976 - 1997 Size: 15 cubic feet Record Group:

Craig Wilson (1927-2007) was a journalist from Akron, Ohio who served as a reporter and editor of the Akron Beacon Journal for 40 years. He also free lanced stories to numerous national publications including Popular Mechanics, Antique Trader, and other special-interest publications. His collection includes materials from Wilson’s Akron Beacon Journal project that documents the lives of 40 people born in the Akron Area on July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, over a twenty-one year period.


Wilson, Dr. Charles W., Papers

Range: 1960s - 1970s Size: 1.0 Record Group:

Dr. Charles W. Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at The University of Akron (UA) and member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). His papers include correspondence, publications, presentation notes, curriculum vitas, research notebooks, and syllabi. They also consist of materials collected by Wilson including publications of his colleagues at UA and annual reports, meeting minutes, and photographs from the Department of Physics and the Institute of Polymer Science as well as records relating to the AAUP. 


Wingard, Paul, Papers

Range: 1974 - 1976 Size: 18 cubic feet Record Group:

Paul Wingard is a Republican politician from Stow, Ohio who served for two-years in the Ohio Legislature in the 1970s. His papers contain materials from his terms in the legislature including committee proceedings, legislation, and general correspondence.


Women’s Board to the Summit County Juvenile Court Records

Range: 1950 - 2011 Size: 8.0 Record Group:

The Women’s Board to the Summit County Juvenile Court was founded in 1958 by women representing various civic, social, and religious organizations in order to assist the court, its staff, and the youth in detention. The board promotes a sound program for children under the care of the Juvenile Court, promotes volunteer services, and raises funds that support programs and events that improve the lives of youth. The records include board meeting minutes, notes, memos, scrapbooks, photographs, and photograph albums. 


Works Progress Administration (WPA), Real Property Survey

Range: 1936 - 1938 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:

The Works Progress Administration was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people during the Great Depression to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads and the survey of real property. The Works Progress Administration Real Property Surveys consist of 11 volumes of Real Property survey books (Project No. 9077) for Akron, Barberton, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio from February 15 to April 15, 1936.


Wright, John Keightley, Colonial Theatre Scrapbook

Range: 1902 - 1920 Size: 0.25 Record Group:

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. 


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.


WZIP-FM Records

Range: 1952 - 2013 Size: 6.0 Record Group:

WZIP (88.1 FM) is a non-commercial college radio station owned by The University of Akron that serves the Akron, Ohio metropolitan area. The station broadcasts a rhythmic contemporary hit radio format as well as news, sports talk, and public affairs in both analog and online formats. WZIP first began broadcasting as WAUP in 1962, but changed its call sign in 1989 to reflect the University’s mascot, the Zips. The records include correspondence, manuals, magazine and newspaper articles, and audio and program logs. 


Young Women's Christian Association of Akron Records

Range: 1901 - 2001 Size: 56 cubic feet Record Group:

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.


Zonta Club of Akron

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

Contains constitution and bylaws, meeting minutes, and scrapbooks.


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Collections are classified into the following broad categories:

  • University Archives contain historical resources that document the history and development of The University of Akron and its predecessor institutions.
  • Special Collections documents regional (mainly Akron and Summit County) history, and other designated collecting areas. Special Collections materials include personal and family papers and historical records of local governments, businesses, and civic and community organizations. Collection strengths are the history of the rubber and polymer 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.