• Welcome!

    The Special Collections Division houses the genealogy and local history materials of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Our goal is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the history of Summit County, and to continue to maintain one of the area’s most extensive genealogy collections.

  • Local History Database

    The database contains references to the Library's local history collections as well as the Summit County Historical Society's collections. Search the index to the collections.
  • Summit Memory

    Visit the online scrapbook of Summit County History at www.SummitMemory.org
  • Summit County World War II News Index

    This database indexes the names of Summit County servicemen and servicewomen who were named in the Akron Beacon Journal during World War II. Some non-military names are also included. This database is currently updated through June 30, 1943. World War II Database
  • Ohio Obituary Index

    Search for obituary citations from select Ohio newspapers, including the Akron Beacon Journal, using the Ohio Obituary Index.

World War II Casualty Lists Digitized Through National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration has announced the digitization of World War II casualty lists for the U.S. Army and Army Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, produced in 1946 by the Department of War and the Department of the Navy. The volumes are arranged by state and then broken down by county. This will be a valuable resource for World War II researchers. To access these lists, go to the Archival Research Catalog at  http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/. In the search box, type in the keywords: world war II honor list dead. This will bring up entries for each state. If you want to limit by a state, add the state name to your keyword search. Click on the title you are interested in and then choose the tab that says “Digital Copies.” This will bring up the digital images. For more information, check out the National Archives blog at http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=4553.


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