104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H RecordsRange: 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.
All-American Soap Box Derby RecordsRange: 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 BranchRange: 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 RecordsRange: 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 RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Akron Section, RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
American Legion Post 209 RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Arnold, Helen E., PapersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
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.
City of Akron, Office of the Mayor, John S. Ballard RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
City of Akron, Office of the Mayor, Roy L. Ray RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Communications Workers of America, Local 4302 (Akron) RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Communications Workers of America, Local 4303 (Canton) RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Davidson, Dr. Herbert A., PapersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Edgerton, Sidney, PapersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Evans, Opie, PapersRange: 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.
Furry, Thelma C., PapersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Gladwin, Mary E., PapersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Grand Army of the Republic, Buckley Post #12 RecordsRange: 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[Finding Aid]
Greater Akron Area Barbers-Stylists Association, Local 105Range: 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 Canton AFL-CIO CouncilRange: 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.
Hower Family PapersRange: 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.
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 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 Chemical Workers Union Council RecordsRange: 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.
Isenman, Louis P. PapersRange: 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.
Laborers' International Union of North America, Ohio-Kentucky Regional OfficeRange: 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 RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
League of Women Voters of the Akron Area RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
McCollam, William, PapersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
National Organization for Women (NOW), Akron Chapter RecordsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Nelson, Daniel, CollectionRange: 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.
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.[Finding Aid]
Sailor, Joseph, LettersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Telephone DirectoriesRange: 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.
United Food and Commercial Workers (U.F.C.W.), International UnionRange: 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 Glass and Ceramic Workers, Local 96Range: 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 Rubber Workers (URW), Local 5, RecordsRange: 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.
Voris, Alvin Coe, LettersRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Welton, Allen, Collection; Oak Hill Cheese Factory, CollectionRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Whited, Charles, Manuscript and Oral History InterviewsRange: 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.[Finding Aid]
Wilson, Dr. Charles W., PapersRange: 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.
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.