• 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.

1940 Census Available Today!

As of 9 a.m. this morning, images of the 1940 census are available on the website of the National Records and Archives Administration.  Remember, there is no index to the census yet, but with a few simple steps, you can greatly narrow the number of pages you will need to browse to find your family members.  For more details, see our 1940 Census Research research guide.  In addition, Ancestry.com is allowing free access to their 1940s era collection through Tuesday, April 10.  The collection includes sources that may help you locate a 1940s address for your relative.


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