• 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 currently includes records up through January 31, 1943. World War II Database
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  • Summit County Myths Wiki

    Find out if that rumor, myth or legend about Akron or Summit County Ohio is true - visit the Summit County Myths Wiki.

Ohio Death Certificates, 1954-1963

Ohio death certificates for 1954-1963 have been transferred from the Ohio Department of Health to Ohio History Connection (formerly The Ohio Historical Society).  An online name index and details for ordering copies can be found on the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Public Records Index page. Copies cost $7 per certificate (Ohio residents pay 7.5% sales tax). For […]

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Akron Beacon Journal’s 175th Anniversary

This year, the Akron Beacon Journal celebrates its 175th anniversary as the longest-running newspaper in Summit County. The Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Beacon Journal have enjoyed a strong partnership over the years. Special Collections is pleased to maintain and make available all known microfilmed issues of the newspaper. Some of the earliest issues are not known […]

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Glendale Cemetery’s 175th Anniversary

This year marks 175 years since Jedediah Commins lobbied to establish a cemetery for Akron that was suitable for the burial of his beloved son, Augustus. His efforts led to the creation of a charter in 1839 for the Akron Rural Cemetery which we now know as Glendale. 175 years later, Akron is celebrating this […]

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Intermuseum Conservation Association

Do you have a family heirloom that you’d like a professional conservator to assess? The Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), located in Cleveland, offers free consultations with conservators. Appointments are required and you may bring only one item. Conservators at ICA handle objects, textiles, and paper items as well as works of art. ICA has been a […]

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2014 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

The 2014 annual conference of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be held April 30 through May 3 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.  This year’s theme, “GenEx2014″ or Genealogical Expedition draws from the perspective of providing a unique and adventuresome experience for conference attendees to help them on their genealogical hunts.  Registration information and […]

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Ohio Obituary Index Volunteers Needed

With more than 60 contributing libraries and 2.7 million database entries, the Hayes Research Library’s Ohio Obituary Index is an excellent resource for Ohio genealogy research.  The Akron-Summit County Public Library joined the Ohio Obituary Index this year with the goal of creating a single, fully searchable index to obituaries published in the Akron Beacon […]

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FRIDAY IS LATE NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

Don’t forget – this Friday, November 1 is our annual Late Night at the Library.  Join the Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society for an evening of genealogy research.  The Main Library will close at its regular time of 6 pm but will reopen for genealogists from 6:30 […]

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NEW ONLINE BOOK: THE AKRON, OHIO KU KLUX KLAN

A lesser-known fact about Akron’s history is that our city once sustained a significant Ku Klux Klan presence.  During the late teens and early 1920s, the Klan’s influence extended to the Akron School Board, the Mayor’s office, Sheriff’s office, and Police Department.  During that time, Summit County was the location of the largest local chapter […]

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LATE NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY 2013

Join the Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society for an evening of genealogy research.  On Friday, November 1, 2013 the Main Library will close at its regular time of 6 pm but will reopen for genealogists from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.  Mingle with fellow researchers as you uncover […]

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Summit OGS Meetings Announced

The Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (SCOGS) meets at the Main Library of the Akron-Summit County Public Library the third Saturday of the month, except for the months of August, November and December. Meetings generally begin at 1 pm, preceded by a board meeting and followed at 3 pm by a RootsMagic […]

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