Community History Archives
The Western Reserve Historical Society Research Library is the premier repository for Cleveland history. One of the Research Library's principal strengths is its manuscript collections, which touch upon every aspect of Ohio history. These collections cover a wide range of subjects, including architecture, business, education, charity and social welfare, farming, immigration, law, military, politics, religion, and transportation. Among the individuals represented here are abolitionists, ministers, lawyers and jurists, industrialists, journalists, and civic leaders. The photographic holdings are vast and cover all subjects dating from the advent of photography in 1839 to the present.
Special areas of the collection include: