• 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 April 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.

Save the Date: OHC to Present Newspaper Programs on Monday, July 13

Jenni Salamon, Coordinator for the Ohio Digital Newspaper Program at the Ohio History Connection (OHC) and Reference Archivist in the OHC Archives/Library, will present two programs at Main Library on Monday, July 13. From 3:00-4:00 pm, she will present “Why, Who, What, When, Where & How: Digitizing Your Local Newspaper.” This program is geared toward staff and volunteers at libraries […]


Ohio Chautauqua 2015 Comes to Akron: June 23-28

 Printable flyer In June 2015, Hardesty Park and Main Library will be the sites of an exciting week of learning and entertainment as Akron hosts Ohio Chautauqua 2015.  During the week of June 23 – June 28, our community will have the opportunity to experience the “Journey Stories” of some of history’s most compelling historic […]


Hayes Obituary Index Update

Special Collections staff and volunteers have contributed over 418,000 Akron Beacon Journal obituary entries to the Hayes Ohio Obituary Index since joining the project in early 2013.  Akron-Summit County Public Library is one of 63 partner libraries adding to the index created by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.  The index includes over 3,000,000 entries from […]


Ohio History Day 2015

Each spring students throughout the country participate in National History Day, a round of scholarly competitions featuring papers, presentations, websites and other types of projects focused on a particular theme. Local contest winners are advanced to the state level, and state level winners compete in the national contest held in Washington, DC. Summit County is […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]