• 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.

Preserving Family Documents, Photos, and Books

Special Collections often receives questions about preserving family documents, photographs, and books. While the standard recommendations of keeping materials free from light, heat, and humidity still hold true, there are many web-based resources available that offer practical and often inexpensive solutions for taking care of our precious family materials. Visit the following sites for more information:
Caring For Your Family Archives:  National Archives and Records Administration

Preparing, Protecting, and Preserving Family Treasures: Library of Congress

Resources for Private and Family Collections:  Northeast Document Conservation Center 

In addition to web-base resources, many books about document and photo preservation are available.  Visit the library’s online catalog  for titles.

Need to rebind a treasured book?  Depending on the condition of the book and how much you are willing to spend to have it rebound, several options exist.  If you need a simple binding, you can check with a company that provides binding for libraries.  If the pages are brittle, or the book is fragile, you may wish to consult someone who practices the art of  hand binding.  Click here for a list of commerical and fine binders in Ohio.


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