Black Trailblazers, Leaders, Activists, and Intellectuals in Cleveland

A pathfinder to our extensive collections focusing on Black Clevelanders and Black Cleveland history. Includes historical photographs contextualized by articles, e-books, audio interviews, speeches, and oral histories, as well as providing links to essential off-site reading. A rich sampling of materials that collectively tell a broader story about African-American life in Cleveland, Ohio.

Byrdie Lee Collection

The Byrdie Lee Collection contains her writings, photographs, and ephemera related to her life and interests’ in music.  

Cleveland Sacred Landmarks Collection

The Center for Sacred Landmarks collection consists of research and organizational records in the form of papers, prints, negatives, books and videotapes. New records are added as research continues.

Dr. William and Naomi E. Walker Collections

In September 1985, Mrs. Naomi E. Walker donated to Cleveland State University Libraries the substantial collection of more than four hundred books and rare historical material which comprise the W. O. Walker collection of Afro-American literature. The first editions and autographed copies are housed in the Special Collections. The more contemporary items have been added to the regular research collection….

Eliza Bryant Village Collection

The Eliza Bryant Village Collection contains papers, photographs, and ephemera from Eliza Bryant Village and its predecessors, including The Dorcas Home, The Dorcas Society, and The Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People.

Famous Women of Cleveland Photography Archive Collection

The Women’s Archive Collection is dedicated to promoting access to digital and traditional archival resources in Cleveland, Ohio that can aid in interpreting Cleveland women’s history, and to creating an awareness of the role of women in the development of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Glenville Shootout and the Trial of Ahmed Evans

The spring of 1968 had been a tense one across the nation following the tragic assassination of Civil Right Movement leader, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th of that year. While cities like Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago erupted with rioting, Cleveland remained relatively calm thanks in part to the leadership of Cleveland Mayor, Carl B. Stokes,…

Jim Brown Collection

Jim Brown played as an NFL fullback for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 through 1965. Considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time, as well as one of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown was a Pro Bowl invitee every season he was in the league, was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player…