• 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.

War Veterans’ Stories and Documents Sought

A recent story in the Washington Post stated that “according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 1.7 million World War II veterans are still alive.  Nearly 250,000 will die this year, about 685 every day.  Almost all will take their stories with them when they go.”  In 2000, Congress created the Veterans History Project to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans.

The Veterans History Project, which is a project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress,  collects personal narratives (interviews, written memoirs), correspondence (letters, diaries)  and visual items (photographs, scrapbooks, drawings).  Although the current and urgent focus is on collecting the stories of World War II veterans, the accounts of veterans from the following wars and conflicts are included in the project: World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Accounts from civilians who actively participated in war efforts are also included.  The project has so far acquired materials from 48,000 veterans.  An online database can be searched and browsed to get descriptions of the collections.  For those who want to visit and research the collections, please read the researcher information page.  Appointments need to be scheduled a week in advance.  An “Ask a Librarian” form is also available for questions via the Internet.

To search the database and get details on the project and how to participate, visit the Veterans History Project Web site at  www.loc.gov/vets.



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