• 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.

NEW! Summit County World War II News Index

The Summit County World War II News Index is a new resource from Special Collections.  This online database indexes the names of Summit County military men and women who were mentioned in the Akron Beacon Journal starting with December 8, 1941.  (While these names are the focus of this index, some names of non-military Summit County citizens are included).  Also, selected subject articles regarding local war-related news are included.  This new resources is a work-in-progress, so check back for updates.  Currently, there are 677 records and over 1700 names from news articles up through February 22, 1942.  Microfilm of the Akron Beacon Journal are located in the Special Collections Division.  If you would like copies of articles, you may visit our division or review our Guidelines for Ordering Photocopied/Scanned Documents.   World War II Memorial photo by Rick Latoff/American Battles Monument Commission



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