• 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.

Family History Comes Alive at Our Lady of the Elms

The students of this year’s fifth grade class at Our Lady of the Elms are learning that history can be fun.  Each year, Campus Media Specialist Tim DeFrange presents a unit on family history.  Working with Mr. DeFrange and language arts teacher Jennifer Smee, the class conducted interviews with family members, collected memorabilia, and created beautiful binders to showcase their work.  On Thursday evening, these young researchers presented the finished binders to their families at a tea at the school, and additional copies of some were donated to Special Collections to add to the Our Lady of the Elms Family History Collection that was started in 2009.  Congratulations to everyone on this remarkable accomplishment.


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