Online Catalog

Welcome to the new WRHS online catalog! To search our collections, please choose one of the links below based on the type of material you are seeking.   Digital Cleveland Starts Here® Search and browse all WRHS digital content including images, text, and video. Library Collections Search Search both published materials (books, family histories, pamphlets, microfilm, periodicals, newspapers, […]

Online Learning

  Online Course: Whose History Gets Saved? Our knowledge of the past, of history, depends on a number of things, including the historians, authors, filmmakers, and museum staff who create a narrative about a person, a time, a place, or an event. But ultimately those narratives rest on the evidence available to them – among […]

Western Reserve Historical Society Announces The Release of Digital Repository

On the brink of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s 150th anniversary in 2017, one of Cleveland’s eldest museums makes their archives available to the public through a digital repository, Digital Cleveland History at digital.wrhs.org. Holding more than twelve thousand images, periodicals and references, Digital Cleveland History has been an on-going project for the last five […]

Hours and Admission

Click on the location you are interested in visiting for accurate hours & admission rates:       Cleveland History Center Museum Hours: 10825 East Boulevard | Cleveland, Ohio 44106 | 216-721-5722 Public Hours: Thursday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Find What to Expect on Your Visit Here. […]

Genealogy

Family History & Genealogical Research Genealogical Committee | Genealogy Index If you are just beginning to put together your family tree or are a seasoned genealogist, the Western Reserve Historical Society offers a wealth of resources for genealogy research, including seminars and classes, outstanding collections and more. Want to take your experience as a family history researcher […]

Resources for African American History

Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) is Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s premier storyteller of our region’s past, with six sites located in four counties. Founded in 1867 as the trusted steward of Northeast Ohio history, WRHS is one of the largest and most diversified historical societies in the United States. We prioritize people, place and purpose. […]

Preserving Pride in Cleveland

By John J. Grabowski, Ph.D., Historian/Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society When the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (ECH) was published in 1987 it was a landmark publication in a number of ways.  It was the first modern encyclopedia of a city and it was the first major […]

Resources for Women’s History

Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) is Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s premier storyteller of our region’s past, with six sites located in four counties. Founded in 1867 as the trusted steward of Northeast Ohio history, WRHS is one of the largest and most diversified historical societies in the United States. We prioritize people, place and purpose. […]

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month Resources   Learn more about the African American Archives Contact our African American History Archivist Learn more about the African American Archives Auxiliary (Quad A) Follow Quad A on Facebook Read Quad A’s most recent Newsletter Donate to Quad A by selecting the Booker T. Tall and George L. Forbes Endowments option […]

From Juneteenth to “13th” Black Lives, Black Freedom, WRHS Collections, and AAAA Programs

By: Regennia N. Williams, PhD Historian and Member of the African American Archives Auxiliary (AAAA) of The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) In keeping with traditions that are more than 150 years old, communities across the country will host Juneteenth celebrations beginning on June 19, 2020.  As they commemorate the end of slavery in America, […]

Making Music And Making History | A Salute To Cleveland’s Own During African-American Music Appreciation Month

By Regennia N. Williams, PhD Distinguished Scholar of African American History and Culture June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, and the local and national activities are already underway.  In addition to their usual excellent web-based offerings, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are […]

Honoring the African American Archives Auxiliary’s Founders | Dr. Middleton H. Lambright, Jr.

(Dr. Middleton H. Lambright. Cleveland Memory Project Photograph, Cleveland State University.) By Regennia N. Williams, PhD In recognition of the fact that April is National Minority Health Month, and in light of recent reports of the disproportionately high morbidity and mortality rates among African Americans during the COVID-19 global pandemic, I invite readers to join […]

Stories from Cleveland History

(Click here for our Driving Tours) Speaking of Cleveland Our Speaking of Cleveland series features the intriguing, curious and oft-forgotten tales from Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally-recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future. Talk & […]

WRHS Library Makes Leo A. Jackson Papers Available

Judge Leo A. Jackson Papers Now Available to Researches in Western Reserve Historical Society Library Project funded by the United Black Fund now complete Contact: Alyssa Purvis apurvis@wrhs.org  –  (216) 721-5722 ext. 1407 CLEVELAND, OH – The Western Reserve Historical Society’s Library is pleased to announce the availability of the Leo A. Jackson Papers. The papers […]

Genealogy Index

Online Genealogy Resources Search the Index The Research Library is pleased to present a search of its genealogical resources that have been indexed to date. Please note that while this index has a tremendous number of entries (more than 320,000), it does not represent all such data held by the library. Please consult the list […]

Programs

  Programs   Take a front row seat as the Cleveland History Center presents significant stories that capture the Cleveland spirit. Speaking of Cleveland features the intriguing, curious and oft-forgotten tales from Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally-recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the […]

Databases and Indexes

Databases and Indexes WRHS Online Collections Catalog Searches both published materials (books, family histories, pamphlets, microfilm, periodicals, newspapers, etc.) and unpublished collections (personal papers, organizational records, photographs, etc.). Genealogy Index A name search of various genealogical resources including funeral home records, voter registrations, cemetery inscriptions, marriage and death notices, Bible records, biographical sketches, and photographs. More […]

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