Hometown Heroes: How the People of Ohio Made a Difference in their Communities

It’s October and you know what that means- it’s American Archives Month! This year’s annual SOA poster to celebrate the event in Ohio recognizes “hometown heroes” who have made a difference in their communities and the world. Ten photos were chosen as winners but only a selection were included in the final poster. You can read the stories behind all ten winning images below. Congratulations to the winners and please consider sharing something from your own collection when the call goes out for next year’s poster.

Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections 

Ella P. Stewart (1893-1987) was among the first practicing African American woman pharmacists, a civil rights and women’s rights activist, and a respected community leader in Toledo, Ohio.  She was elected president of the Ohio Association of Colored Women in 1944 and served as president of the National Association of Colored Women from 1948-1952.  In 1952 she was also chosen to be a delegate to the International Conference of Women of the World, and in 1963 was appointed commissioner of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls in Toledo is named in her honor.

Case Western Reserve University Archives

Frances Payne Bolton reviews a Negro Nursing Unit, ca. 1940-1945.

Frances Payne Bolton was the first woman representative from Ohio in Congress. A particular interest of hers was nursing. She provided funds for the School of Nursing at Western Reserve University (which was named in her honor in 1935).

Among her accomplishments in representing Ohio, she was the sponsor of The Bolton Act which opened up the nursing profession to all women. It created the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

Frederick C. Robbins in Italy during World War II. Ca. 1942 – 1945.

Dr. Robbins served in Italy and North Africa as Chief of the Virus and Rickettsial Disease Section of the 15th Medical General Laboratory. He received a Bronze Star and was discharged with the rank of Major.

In 1954 he received the Nobel Prize in Medicine with Drs. John F. Enders and Thomas H. Weller for their “discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in cultures of various types of tissue.” This research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines.

He continued to work on eradicating polio throughout his life and continued to work on research in other diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Infant Welfare Clinic, University Public Health Nursing District, ca. 1917—1929.

The Public Health Nursing Program at Western Reserve University provided training for student nurses in caring for the community.

Clark County Historical Society

Sully Jaymes was Springfield’s first African-American lawyer, opening his practice in 1903. He was one of Springfield’s most tireless activists for equal rights. Jaymes represented primarily black clients, including Richard Dixon, the lynching victim of the 1904 riot, and other African-Americans indicted in the race riots of 1906 and 1921. Jaymes offered his services free of charge if clients were unable to pay. His commitment to securing equal rights under the law for black people by far took precedence over money.

Mahoning Valley Historical Society

Harry Burt, inventor and manufacturer of the Good Humor ice cream bar of Youngstown, OH.  He also pioneered the use of an ice cream truck and the “Good Humor Man” uniformed delivery/salesman of the Good Humor ice cream.  The location for the invention of and first manufacture of the product is now our Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center.

Old Worthington Library

George C. Blake, a World War II veteran from Worthington, Ohio, was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 1945 for his courageous actions on December 9, 1944 near Norville Les Vic, France. As a Private First Class in the 761st Tank Battalion, he worked through the night under intense artillery and mortar fire to administer first aid and evacuate the wounded. His Silver Star Medal citation states, “Private First Class Blake’s courageous action and devotion to duty exemplifies the highest tradition of the Armed Forces.” The 761st Tank Battalion was the first African American tank unit of the United States Army; it was not until the Carter Administration that a Presidential Unit Citation was issued to the 761st for extraordinary heroism.

University of Akron

Photograph of C.W. Seiberling as Santa Claus, 1919.  C.W. Seiberling co-founded with his brother F.A. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, which eventually created millions of jobs for people in Ohio and around the globe.  Known as “the heart” of the company and a pioneer in the rubber industry, he is best known for his philanthropic work.  C.W. Seiberling devoted countless hours and resources toward helping the under-privileged, especially children.  He was an ardent supporter and financer of the Edwin Shaw Sanatorium, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron’s Community Chest, the YWCA, both Girl Scout and Boy Scout movements, and the Handicapped Action Group, and donated generously to numerous churches and civic organizations regardless of race, creed, or color.   Image from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records, The University of Akron, Archival Services.

Photograph of Mary Gladwin, ca. 1889.
Mary Gladwin of Akron, Ohio served as a nurse in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine insurrection, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I, where she served as supervisor of nurses at the American Hospital in Belgrade, Serbia.  She also played a key role in the Red Cross relief efforts in Dayton during the 1913 flood.  Gladwin helped found the Summit County Chapter of the Red Cross and the Visiting Nurses Association in Akron.  She was the first woman awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal for Nursing and the School of Nursing building on The University of Akron campus is named in her honor.  Image from the Mary Gladwin Papers, The University of Akron, Archival Services.

University of Cincinnati

Theodore M. Berry was a pioneering civil rights activist and politician from Cincinnati, Ohio, who from the 1930s to the 1990s was instrumental in National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) litigation, federal civil rights administration, and civic participation. Berry attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and in 1939 was appointed as Assistant Prosecutor of Hamilton County, the first African American to hold the post. Berry was elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1965, and later served in the Johnson administration. On December 1, 1972, Berry was sworn in as Mayor, making Cincinnati history as the first African American to hold the position.

If you want to continue your Archives Month celebrations, use SOA’s Passport to the Past to find out more about historical organizations throughout the state and visit one near you!

Archives Month Poster 2018

This year’s theme for the Society of Ohio Archivists American Archives Month poster is “Hometown Heroes: How the People of Ohio Made a Difference in their Communities.” The images featured on the poster were submitted from historical societies, libraries, and archives around the state, representing local individuals who made significant contributions in their region of Ohio and to state and national history.

Ohio Archives News & Events: Fall 2018 Ohio IR Day

The fall 2018 Ohio IR Day will take place 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the State Library of Ohio.  Registration is now open.

Virginia Dressler, Digital Project Librarian at Kent State University will give the keynote presentation: Privacy Considerations for Digital Collections.  The talk will focus on issues around privacy in digital collections; identifying private information and ethical considerations around less apparent privacy violations. Some case studies will be shared as well as some frameworks for practitioners to use to identify and assess privacy in digital projects.

The day also will include lightning-round presentations and birds-of-a-feather discussions.  We are currently looking for Lightning Round speakers.  Have you been working a cool project that you would like to demo?  Do you have some tips/tricks you would like to share? Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to present.  Presentations should be about 5-7 minutes long.

Regional Archives News & Events: MARAC Conference Proposal Deadline Extended

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is hosting its spring 2019 meeting in Morgantown, WV, April 11-13, 2019, and we cordially invite our Ohio colleagues to join us!

We are looking for proposals that align with the theme of “Working Archives: A Labor of Love.” The proposal submission deadline has been extended to September 30, 2018. We will also be accepting individual proposals that the Program Committee may choose to assemble into panels of complementary presentations; however, we prefer submissions of a cohesive panel. If you submit an individual proposal, please indicate “Individual” in the type of submission.

You may use the following Google spreadsheet to identify speakers. We do not monitor this sheet; it is solely a tool to connect to other speakers: https://bit.ly/2xgfirf

See the CFP for full details and submission guidelines. All proposals must be submitted through the official form in the CFP: https://marac2019morgantown.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/call-for-proposals/

Ohio Archives News & Events: Disaster Planning Workshop-September 26th

Event Name: Disaster Planning: Are You Prepared?
Competency: Emergency Preparedness
Description: You never know when disaster will strike.  It is important to be prepared and to plan for the unforeseen.
During this emergency preparedness workshop, we’ll explore various aspects of disaster planning to help you find a place to start. Learn from colleagues in public and academic libraries in Ohio as we share stories of lessons learned, familiarize yourself with different types of disaster planning resources, and identify key aspects of disaster planning development that you can implement today.Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what should be included in a disaster plan
  • Learn about disaster planning resources
  • Hear lessons learned


Holly Prochaska, Preservation Librarian and co-manager of the Preservation Lab, a collaborative hybrid lab of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the University of Cincinnati Libraries. Holly has worked at the University of Cincinnati Libraries since 1999 and has been the Preservation Librarian since 2006. Prior to heading Preservation, Holly coordinated University of Cincinnati Libraries’ renovation projects and facilities maintenance for the 10 library facilities. She has been an active member in the Ohio Preservation Council, serving as Chair from 2016 – 2017.

Ashleigh Schieszer, holds an MA in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College and is the conservator of special collections and co-manager of the Preservation Lab.  Ashleigh has managed special collections treatment at the Preservation Lab since 2013 and is currently serving as Education and Programs Chair for the Ohio Preservation Council.

Event Date: 09-26-18
Event Time: 09:30 AM – 03:30 PM Eastern




Click HERE for more information and to register

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library
2345 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118Registration:

GEO Cost:      $160
Bronze Cost:  $120
Silver Cost:    $80
Gold Cost:     FREE

There is an additional $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.

#AskAnArchivist Day Oct 3

Get ready for #AskAnArchivist Day on Wednesday, October 3, when archivists around the country will answer questions about archives. Find ideas for promoting the day among your users and developing a plan with your colleagues to respond to tweets. Follow other #AskAnArchivist Day participants, and email Abigail Christian with your institution’s handle to join the list.

Source: Society of American Archivists, In the Loop for Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Is #AskAnArchivist Day? (Source: https://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day )

It’s an opportunity to:

  • Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.
  • Talk directly to the public—via Twitter—about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.
  • Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!
  • Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.
  • Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists.

SOA/OLHA fall meeting Oct 5-6 – Preregistration closes 9/21

Fall Meeting 2018

Join the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Ohio Local History Alliance for the 2018 joint meeting and conference: The Past is Present

October 5-6, 2018 – Crown Plaza, Dublin, Ohio

It is OLHA’s annual meeting (packed with great sessions) with the addition of a SOA track on Friday (day 1), serving as SOA’s fall conference. Come for SOA’s sessions or come for the entire conference!


Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin (800.309.0989). Ask for the event code OLH or register online using this link to receive the discounted conference room rate of $101.00 + tax per night. Be sure to book your reservation by September 20; after September 20, the block of rooms will be released and the hotel may charge higher rates. Parking is free.

For more information on the full program see http://www.ohiolha.org/what-we-do/alliance-annual-meeting/ or download the program brochure.

SOA TRACK – Friday Oct 5

9-9:50am – Basics of Finding Aids
Writing finding aids for your collections can feel daunting if you don’t know where to start. This session is intended for individuals who have little or no prior experience writing finding aids, and will focus on just the basics: what information does a finding aid absolutely need to include to meet archival best practices, and how can you get there simply.
Cate Putirskis, special collection processing manager, The Ohio State University Libraries

10:10-11:00am – Project STAND
This year’s SOA Merit Award winner will highlight and discuss Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented), which unifies historical materials documenting student activism from a variety of academic institutions.
Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, university archivist, assistant professor, Kent State University Libraries

11:20-12:10pm – Grant Opportunities for Preservation and Access
Representatives from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board and the Ohio Preservation Council will discuss grant opportunities relating to preserving and providing access to historical materials offered by their respective organizations.
Ashleigh Schieszer, OPC & Ron Davidson, OHRAB

2:00-2:50pm – Ask an Archivist
Archivists from different sized institutions and with a variety of job descriptions will be ready to discuss a variety of archival issues including donor relations, digital projects, archival best practices, and more. Come ready with archives questions!
Robin Heise, records manager/archivist, Greene County Records Center and Archives; Nancy Horlacher, local history specialist, Dayton Metro Library; Amy McCrory, head, Digital Imaging Unit, The Ohio State University Libraries; Collette McDonough, archivist and library manager, Kettering Foundation; Adam Wanter, digital and special collections archivist, MidPointe Library System.

3:10-4:00pm – Bertie’s Journals: The Dawes Arboretum Digitization Project
In late 2016, The Dawes Arboretum History Department began to prepare for the digitization of its entire archival collection. The starting point of this project would be to digitize Arboretum co-founder Bertie Dawes’s journals. This presentation, using the journals as a case study, will outline the steps small institutions can take to begin mass digitization projects that have an online presence.
Sarah Aisenbrey, archivist, The Dawes Arboretum

Janet Carleton

Vice President | Liaison to Educational Programming Committee

Society of Ohio Archivists



Archives News & Events: Enrollment Closes Friday, Sept. 14: Intro to Archives (Online Course)

Introduction to Archives (Online Course)

Enroll Here: https://preservethis.org/p/intro-to-archives

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of sound archival practices and the long-term care of permanent records. Participants will learn how to determine what records should be archived and how to connect preservation efforts to the processing and storage of collections. Basic physical processing of archival collections — proper ways to identify, prepare, and store materials — as well as evaluating the records for preservation concerns will be covered The importance of maintaining intellectual control of materials, including the creation of finding aids, will be emphasized. Quizzes and homework will allow participants to put their new-found knowledge to use immediately.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of the archivist
  • Learn how to make appraisal decisions
  • Discover how to organize records
  • Identify necessary actions that will prevent and slow down deterioration of records
  • Create tools to help your users locate what they need from the collection
  • Construct a finding aid
  • Compose a reference policy for access

Course Fee: $225.00

When does the course start and finish?

This course starts on Sep 17, 2018It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 6 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes and completing discussion, reading, and homework assignments. It is recommended that you complete each week’s work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

When is the last day for enrollment?

Sep 14, 2018

For more info or to enroll: https://preservethis.org/p/intro-to-archives

To pay by invoice please email: info@preservethis.org

For a list of all courses: https://preservethis.org/courses

Ohio Archives News & Events: Registration Now Open for 2018 Digital Scholarship Colloquium – The Digital and Democracy at Case Western Reserve University

On November 1-2, 2018, Kelvin Smith Library will be hosting “The Digital and Democracy” Digital Scholarship Colloquium bringing together the vanguard of professionals using digital tools to advance democracy. The colloquium will delve into how research can be used for the advocacy of communities experiencing disruption and inequality and in all the points that touch a person’s life, including, healthcare, housing, environment, social justice. The program will feature the country’s top scholarly work and digital tools used to scale the heights of democratic power and influence.

More Information: http://library.case.edu/dsc2018/

Student, academic, and nonprofit rates available! Purchase your tickets today: https://community.case.edu/KSL/rsvp_boot?id=388357

See you in Cleveland!