• 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 May 31, 1943. World War II Database
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  • Ohio Obituary Index

    Search for obituary citations from select Ohio newspapers, including the Akron Beacon Journal, using the Ohio Obituary Index.

OHC 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 in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level of Main Library on Monday. From 3:00-4:00 pm, she will present “Why, Who, What, When, Where & How: Digitizing Your Local Newspaper.” This program […]

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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 […]

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German Genealogy Program May 2

There’s still time to register for German Genealogy with Nancy Ottman on Saturday, May 2, 10:30 am – 12:45 pm at Main Library. A longtime member of the Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America (PalAm), Nancy will present two lectures: Beginning German Genealogy How to collect information on your family including what to ask, where […]

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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 […]

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Late Night 2014 – September 5th

On Friday, September 5th, 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 the details of your ancestry.  Tours and a “mini” Getting Started session will be offered at 6:45.  Refreshments and door prizes will […]

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Save The Date

Don’t forget to register for our genealogy program, “Discovering Your English and Irish  Ancestors,” which will take place on Saturday, October 4th from 9:30-4:30 in our Main Library Auditorium. Internationally known lecturer and professional genealogist Paul Milner will be teaching us about English parish registers, researching maps and gazetteers of the British Isles, Irish families coming to America, […]

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Speaker Event Reminder!

Author Ken Bindas at Main Library on Wednesday May 7, 6:30 pm Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, Professor & Chairperson of History at Kent State University is the editor of the recently published book, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939. This book tells the story of the CCC’s construction of the […]

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Get Published! A Workshop for Writers & Illustrators

Are you thinking of writing and publishing your family history? Many of our class attendees have requested sessions or programs on how to publish a book. Consider taking advantage of the Library’s FREE program, Get Published! A Workshop for Writers & Illustrators on Saturday, April 26, 12:30-4 pm. Topics geared toward first-time authors include working with publishers, self-publishing, and […]

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Save the Date

Author Ken Bindas at Main Library on Wednesday May 7, 6:30 pm Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, Professor & Chairperson of History at Kent State University is the editor of the recently published book, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939. This book tells the story of the CCC’s construction of […]

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Save The Date!

“Discovering Your English and Irish Ancestors” Set for Sat., Oct.  4, 9:30-4:30 Special Collections and the Summit County Chapter of OGS are bringing internationally known genealogist Paul Milner to Akron for an all-day program at Main Library. Paul will speak on English parish registers, English parish chest records, using maps, gazetteers and directories in British Isles […]

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