Design & Preservation of Cleveland Buildings: A Tribute to Jim Gibans & Ted Sande 2018

Living in Cleveland became even better due to the intrepid work of architects Jim Gibans (1930-2018) and Ted Sande (1922-2018). Their professional life’s work was to design spaces for comfort, aesthetics, function and preservation of its cultural significance in the community. James “Jim” Gibans earned his Master’s degree in Architecture from Yale in the 1950s. He was the principal partner…

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Mr. Sommer Speaks in Many Ways

Part of the mission of Cleveland Public Library is to cultivate a global perspective for our patrons, and former Special Collections Librarian Francis E. Sommer (1890 – 1978) contributed his astoundingly broad knowledge of foreign languages to help enrich our foreign language catalog. Mr. Sommer was fluent in 14 languages, had a speaking knowledge of 22 more, and had a…

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A Tribute to Dr. Motoko B. Yatabe Reece (November 4, 1926 – May 30, 2018)

Dr. Motoko Reece was a true gem of Cleveland Public Library. The legacy she built in Special Collections was to honor and enlighten the public of the collections established by John G. White back in 1899. Today, the White Collections of chess, Orientalia, and folklore are world-renowned. Dr. Reece worked in the Fine Arts & Special Collections Department for 20…

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Special Collections to Display WWII Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor

Roll of Honor, 2 pages of signatures of World War II Veterans

The Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor contains the names of many Cleveland-area men and women who served in World War II. The large, four-volume set was compiled by family and friends who listed men and women serving in all branches of the U.S. military. Louis B. Seltzer, editor of the Cleveland Press, and Mayor Frank Lausche dedicated the Greater Cleveland…

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