Genealogical collections at Akron-Summit County Public Library

Perhaps you are not familiar with the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s (ASCPL) local history and genealogy collection in their Special Collections Department. While their collection focus is primarily on Ohio and the surrounding states, you should note that they hold materials for the states of the eastern seaboard, New England and the South.

Historically, ASCPL has been a great resource for the genealogical researcher. In 2003, before the microfilm records of Ohio Deaths 1908-1944 were made available online at, ASCPL purchased the microfilm from the Ohio Historical Society for public access, thus saving Ohio researchers both time and money.   

Fast forward to now. For their Wednesday, April 17, meeting, the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society has invited Jane Gramlich, librarian for ASCPL Special Collections and vice president of Cuyahoga Valley Chapter, OGS, to present “Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library.”

Jane will cover the genealogy and local history resources offered, such as books, periodicals, databases, archival collections and digital collections. She will also discuss the other services provided, such as classes and programs, research assistance, lookups and copies, and their newsletter Past Pursuits.

The meeting will be held in the Porter Room, Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The public is invited, free of charge. For more information, email or visit Cuyahoga West Chapter’s full website that is now accessible with updated information at

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.02.2019