Ohio History Connection

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Ohio History Connection
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Contact Information



The Ohio Historical Society
800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211

Headquarters includes: Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio History Center & Museum, Ohio History Store, Ohio Village, State Archives Library.

Telephone:[1] Phone: 614-297-2300 or Toll Free at 1-800-686-6124

Hours and holidays:[1]

Ohio History Center: Wednesday through Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, Noon-5.
Archives/Library: Wednesday through Saturday, 10-5.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Ohio Historical Society Home Museums & Historic Sites, Exhibits, Collections & Archives, Education, Local History Office, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Publications, Featured Pages, Calendar, "I am a History Geek Page" and Genealogy Workshops.
  • Ohio Historical Society's Online Collections Catalog (OCC) has two search options, but will be merged as one soon.[3] Also available on WorldCat.
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  • Ohio Memory, a collaborative project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio, is a digital library with 250,000 images. Search by subject, place, contributor. View the Ohio Guide Collection, and Oral History Collection.[4]

Collection Description

  • Collections & Archives has objects, photos, and documents to represent all of Ohio's 88 counties covering a vast array of topics from the earliest Paleo Indians to current times such as: Archaeology, Archives/Library, Digital Collections & Services, History, Natural History, State Archives, Manuscripts/Audiovisuals, Museum and Library Services.
    • Archives/Library. The Archives/Library helps people to discover the stories of Ohioans who built our state’s farms, industries, businesses, schools, churches, social organizations, governments and communities. Visitors to the Research Room will discover government records, manuscripts, film, video, photographs, books and maps.
      • The Archives contains over 70,000 cubic feet of records and thousands of printed materials.
    • Collections Blog


  • The Ohio Historical Society has within its network over 50 historical homes, museums, archaeological sites, nature preserves, geological sites, and more across Ohio. Map showing were they are.[5]


  • Citizen's Guide. See video about Ohio's history. Read Guide to learn about the Ohio Historical Society.[6]
  • Research Guides available on these topics: Audiovisual Material, Birth Records, Death Records, Divorce Records, Marriage Records, General Government Records, Military Rosters, Newspapers,, and Prison Records.

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Ohio History Connection, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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Similar Collections

  • The Cleveland Memory Project is a searchable collection of documents, videos, a vast photo archive, and an engaging look at Cleveland history.
  • Summit Memory captures the history of Summit County, Ohio through documents and images.

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 OHS General Policies FAQ at Ohio Historical Society] (accessed 8 October 2012).
  2. Columbus Public Transportation at Tripadvisor] (accessed 9 October 2012).
  3. OHS Online Collections Catalog Help at Ohio Historical Society] (accessed 9 October 2012).
  4. Ohio Memory at Ohio Memory.org] (accessed 9 October 2012).
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  6. Citizen's Guide at Ohio Historical Society] (accessed 9 October 2012).