• 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.

Newsletters

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Past Pursuits
is the digital newsletter published quarterly by the Special Collections Division. It features articles about local history, genealogy, new archival collections, books and other resources, and local events. Issues may be viewed or downloaded as a PDF file. If you would like to receive the most current issue of  Past Pursuits by email, please contact us at speccollections@akronlibrary.org.

Be sure to see our New Books list, published at the same time as Past Pursuits, for newly cataloged  resources that can help you in your research.

 

Past Pursuits Archive

Volume 13, Number 2 Summer 2014
Volume 13, Number 1 Spring 2014

Volume 12, Number 4 Winter 2013
Volume 12, Number 3 Autumn 2013

Volume 12, Number 2 Summer 2013
Volume 12, Number 1 Spring 2013

Volume 11, Number 4 Winter 2012
Volume 11, Number 3 Autumn 2012
Volume 11, Number 2 Summer 2012
Volume 11, Number 1 Spring 2012

Volume 10, Number 4 Winter 2011
Volume 10, Number 3 Autumn 2011
Volume 10, Number 2 Summer 2011
Volume 10, Number 1 Spring 2011

Volume 9, Number 4 Winter 2010
Volume 9, Number 3 Autumn 2010
Volume 9, Number 2 Summer 2010
Volume 9, Number 1 Spring 2010

Volume 8, Number 4 Winter 2009
Volume 8, Number 3 Autumn 2009
Volume 8, Number 2 Summer 2009
Volume 8, Number 1 Spring 2009

Volume 7, Number 4 Winter 2008
Volume 7, Number 3 Autumn 2008
Volume 7, Number 2 Summer 2008
Volume 7, Number 1 Spring 2008

Volume 6, Number 4 Winter 2007
Volume 6, Number 3 Autumn 2007
Volume 6, Number 2 Summer 2007
Volume 6, Number 1 Spring 2007

Volume 5, Number 4 Winter 2006
Volume 5, Number 3 Autumn 2006
Volume 5, Number 2 Summer 2006
Volume 5, Number 1 Spring 2006

Volume 4, Number 4 Winter 2005
Volume 4, Number 3 Summer 2005
Volume 4, Number 2 Spring 2005
Volume 4, Number 1 Winter 2005

Volume 3 Number 2 Summer 2004
Volume 3 Number 1 Spring 2004

Volume 2, Number 4 End of Year Edition
Volume 2, Number 3 Special Summer Edition
Volume 2, Number 2 March-April 2003
Volume 2, Number 1 January-February 2003

Issue Number 1 November-December 2002

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