- World War II
- Community Service/Civic Groups
- Historical Organizations
- Photograph Collections
- Regional History Collection
- Rubber Industry
- Special Collections
- University of Akron
- Civil War
Wright, W. RichardRange: 1963 - 1966 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group:
Regarding the Ohio Youth Services Advisory Board (chaired by Wright), includes: governing documents, minutes of board meetings, correspondence, inspection reports and recommendations, news releases, pamphlets, photograph albums, scrapbook, and oral history phonotapes of W. Richard Wright.
West Side NeighborsRange: 1967 - 1973 Size: 2 cubic feet Record Group:
Minutes, newsletters, correspondence, committee records, publications, and news clippings of a west Akron neighborhood organization seeking to maintain a stable, integrated community.
United Community Council of Summit County RecordsRange: 1941 - 1975 Size: 3.0 Record Group: 99/91
TThe United Community Council (UCC) of Summit County was a non-profit organization that represented public and voluntary health, welfare, group-work, and recreation agencies and organizations. Its job was to create plans to meet problems in these areas and to mobilize citizens’ support in favor of these projects. The records document the history of the UCC including its origins, functions, objectives, organization, operation and programs and mostly include meeting minutes, studies, and publications.[Finding Aid]
Progress Through Preservation (PTP)Range: 1984 - 1995 Size: 1.5 cubic feet Record Group:
Records of an Akron non-profit organization devoted to preservation of the city's historic architecture, includes: organizational documents, trustee meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, program records, and mailing lists.
McGovern, Frances, PapersRange: 1928 - 2000 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group: 99/176
The Frances McGovern Collection consists primarily of material relating to her activities with the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce Committee on Urban Services, the Little Hoover Commission, and the Summit County Charter Commission. Materials include reports, correspondence, notes, and information on the Summit County Charter commission. Also included are books and pamphlets.[Finding Aid]
McClain, Dr. Shirla R., CollectionRange: 1918 - 1998 Size: 2.0 Record Group: 99/255
The Dr. Shirla R. McClain Collection includes the writings and research materials of Dr. McClain, a University of Akron alumna who was a public school educator and a Kent State University professor of education. McClain published over 45 academic papers during her career, but is still best known for her doctoral dissertation The Contributions of Blacks in Akron, 1825-1975, which was the first comprehensive history of Akron’s black community.[Finding Aid]
Kiwanis Club of Akron RecordsRange: 1916 - 1990 Size: 25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/108
Kiwanis International, founded in 1915, is a global community of clubs, members, and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children. The Kiwanis Club of Akron was founded in 1916 as the sixth Kiwanis Club in the world. Its members include community leaders that engage in meaningful service and hold relevant speaking engagements that keep members informed on local issues. The records document the club's history, its organization, financial information, membership, activities, and relationships to other organizations.
Jacobson, John and Betty, PapersRange: 1936 - 1979 Size: 5.5 Record Group: $content.recordGroup
John M. Jacobson (1911-1992) and Betty Virginia (Heberlein) Jacobson (1917-2007) of Akron, Ohio owned and operated the John Jacobson Company, General Contractors. The couple were very active in numerous community organizations including the Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Theater, Akron General Hospital, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Weathervane Theater, and The University of Akron. Their papers including correspondence, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, and negatives that document their life and work and numerous community organizations.
Family Services of Summit County RecordsRange: 1912 - 1980 Size: 12 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup
The Summit County Department of Family Services (now the Department of Job and Family Services) serves the people of Summit County, Ohio by providing social, financial, medical, and career-development services to better the lives of the members of the community. The records contain scrapbooks, annual reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and publications. The records also include materials relating to the Dorcas Society, early Family Service achievements, and the Board of Volunteers.
Fair Housing Contact Service RecordsRange: 1965 - 1994 Size: 70 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup
Fair Housing Contact Service (FHCS) is an independent non-profit agency which provides comprehensive educational opportunities, counseling, and support services to people concerned about fair housing in the Akron, Ohio area. The organization strives to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination and promote equal housing opportunity. The records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, membership and program information, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. Also included are research notes and a draft manuscript for Juliet Saltman's Open Housing as a Social Movement.
Cuyahoga Valley CollectionRange: 1972 - 1978 Size: 1 cubic foot Record Group:
Publications and miscellanea regarding the Cuyahoga Valley, particularly the Cuyahoga Valley Park Federation and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.
Community Welfare Forum of Summit CountyRange: 1921 - 1993 Size: 1.0 Record Group: 99/163
The Community Welfare Forum of Summit County was founded in 1918 as the Social Workers Club of Summit County. Since its inception, the organization has met monthly for a business meeting, luncheon, and presentation relating to social work. The records consist of constitutions, correspondence, reports, programs, bulletins, minutes, advertisements, newspaper clippings, financial records, notes, questionnaires, ballots, calendars, and committee, speaker’s, and membership lists dating from 1921 to 1993.[Finding Aid]
Citizens for a County Charter RecordsRange: 1976 - 1979 Size: 0.25 cubic feet Record Group: 99/143
The Citizens for a County Charter was a bi-partisan, twenty-five member committee formed in 1979 to draft a charter for Summit County, Ohio and place it on the November ballot that year. Known as Issue 2, it passed on November 6, 1979 and went into effect on January 1, 1981. The records include materials pertaining to various aspects of the 1979 campaign for the adoption of a Summit County Charter including proposals, publicity, campaign plans, and correspondence.[Finding Aid]
Bock, Fred C., PapersRange: 1904 - 1996 Size: 10 cubic feet Record Group: 99/124
Fred C. Bock was a graduate of The University of Akron who worked as a radio broadcaster and personality for WADC radio and as an advertising agent in Akron, Ohio. He later co-founded the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and became an inductee. His papers include items from his radio and advertising careers, documents from the founding of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and materials from his time as a student at The University of Akron.[Finding Aid]
Bluhm, Eileen E. ScrapbookRange: 1981 - 2005 Size: 0.13 Record Group:
Eileen Bluhm was the Vice President of Communications at the Akron Regional Development Board from 1975 to 1995 and was considered one of Akron’s “chief civic boosters.” She was involved in a number of local organizations including the Ohio Ballet, Akron Zoo, and the Akron Art Museum, to name a few. She was also a supporter of education and women’s rights. The scrapbook contains photographs, articles, awards, and newspaper clippings that document her life and work in the Akron area.[Finding Aid]
Blair, Charles V., PapersRange: 1964 - 1973 Size: 4 cubic feet Record Group: 99/94
Charles V. Blair (1933-2004) served in various roles at The University of Akron including Director of the News Bureau and Institute for Civic Education and Dean of the Evening College. His papers include correspondence, meeting minutes, financial statements, project proposals, progress reports, and newspaper clippings of the Summit County Greater Akron Community Action Council, the Akron-Summit Tutorial Program, and Upward Bound.[Finding Aid]
Bath Volunteers for Service RecordsRange: 1958 - 2013 Size: 14 cubic feet Record Group: 99/179
Bath Volunteers for Service was founded in 1958 by the residents of Bath Township, a suburb of Akron, Ohio. The charitable organization works to serve the community through fundraising and financial donations to local schools, businesses, and recreation centers. The records include meeting minutes, financial documents, scrapbooks, reports, newsletters, membership information, photographs, and subject files.[Finding Aid]
Area Progress Board RecordsRange: 1936 - 1974 Size: 9 cubic feet Record Group: 99/107
The Area Progress Board was formed in 1968 as a merger between the Area Develop Committee and the Citizens for Progress to promote the industrial and civic development of the Akron area. The Area Progress Board participates in urban renewal projects, city planning, highway development, and other programs which advance the economic growth of the area. The records contain meeting minutes, correspondence, scrapbooks, reports, and subject files of the board and its predecessors including the Citizens Postwar Planning Committee, the Area Development Committee, Citizens for Progress, and the Greater Akron Association.[Finding Aid]
American Friends Service Committee, Akron Chapter RecordsRange: 1964 - 2006 Size: 12.33 cubic feet Record Group: 99/157
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a national Quaker organization founded in 1917 devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. The Akron Chapter educates and organizes residents of Northeast Ohio around issues of economic and political justice. The records consist of materials collected and published the Akron Chapter including newsletters, newspaper articles, and reel-to-reel audio recordings of radio programs produced by the group.[Finding Aid]
American Civil Liberties Union, Akron Chapter RecordsRange: 1950 - 1970 Size: 6 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1920 to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the
United States. Founded in 1950, the Akron Chapter was involved in several civil rights cases that caught national attention, including the desegregation of Akron public schools in the 1970s. The records document the national, Ohio, and Akron ACLU and include articles of incorporation, newsletters, correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and membership information.
All-American Soap Box Derby RecordsRange: 1936 - 1974 Size: 2.25 Record Group: 99/149
The All-American Soap Box Derby is a youth soap box car race started in Dayton, Ohio in 1934, but held annually in Akron, Ohio since 1935, except for a four-year hiatus during World War II. The records consist of correspondence from local races held in numerous states and several countries as well as subject files containing various financial records, administrative files, organizational documents, and a few photographs and ephemera.
Akron and Summit County Federation of Women's Clubs RecordsRange: 1894 - 2010 Size: 7.0 Record Group: 99/93
The Akron and Summit County Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized in 1893 and united with the Ohio State Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1917. The group raised money for charity, hosted guest speakers, awarded scholarships, worked on various community-related projects, and lobbied for political reform. The records include notebooks, directories, scrapbooks, newsletters and subjects files that document the history of the group.[Finding Aid]