1936 Jesse Owens Olympics Diary

“My Travels Abroad”. A journal kept by Jesse Owens as he traveled by boat to Berlin, Germany for the 1936 Summer Olympics.

African-American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society Manuscripts

The African-American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society Manuscripts is a collection of small manuscript accessions that have been donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society. These manuscripts often consist of one document but can include multiple items contained in one folder. This collection of material documents numerous subjects and themes in the history of African Americans, Cleveland, Ohio,…

Autobiography of George Perry Metcalf

Autobiography of George Perry Metcalf of Lorain County, Ohio recounts his childhood on a Medina County, Ohio farm, his service with the New York Infantry Regiment 136, Company D in the Civil War, his law education and experience as a lawyer in Mississippi during the Reconstruction. It includes biographical excerpts from other sources, a Metcalf family genealogy, and a photograph…

Booker T. Washington Letter

This collection includes a letter from Booker T. Washington to W.F. Carr of Cleveland, Ohio, regretting that he cannot provide Carr with the help he needs. Washington states that students educated at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute are meant to be of service to their own people in the South.

David Gerber Papers

Hardbound copy in two parts of David Gerber’s January 1971 dissertation prepared for Princeton University, titled “Ohio and the Color Line: Racial Discrimination and Negro Responses in a Northern State, 1860-1915.” The library also holds Gerber’s book published under the same title.

Evva Kenney Heath Papers

Correspondence, ephemera and photographs of Evva Kenney Heath and the Kenney (Kinney) family of Cardington, Ohio includes letter written by Evva Kenny Heath and her siblings, Bessie Kenney Brimbee and John Kenney, to their mother, Louisa Kenney, and to each other. Evva describes her work as a teacher in Bramwell, West Virgina, her attendance at Howard University Law School and…

George A. Myers Papers

The George A. Myers papers, 1890-1929, consist of approximately 4,000 items of correspondence, newspaper clippings and biographical material. The papers are arranged chronologically and are contained in 18 document boxes. The microfilm edition consists of eight rolls. Two small folders of newspaper clippings and biographical material were not filmed. The major portion of correspondence is incoming. There is also a…

Gladstone L. Chandler, Jr. Papers

Gladstone L. Chandler was the City Manager for East Cleveland, Ohio, 1970-1972. He also served as the Assistant Director of Community Development and aided in the revitalization of East Cleveland with projects such as the Hayden Avenue Development Program. The collection consists of handbooks, a magazine, memoranda, newsletters, and a copy of the oath of office taken by Chandler as…

Helen E. Arnold Papers

Helen E. Arnold (1924-2001) was a City of Akron employee who fought for education reform and equal rights for women and African Americans in the Akron/Summit County area. She was the first African-American woman to serve on the Akron Board of Education and served in various capacities on numerous boards and organizations, including President of the Akron Branch of the…

Herbert A. Davidson Papers

Herbert A. Davidson (1900-1974) was an African-American physician in Barberton, Ohio. Active in numerous community organizations, he worked for justice and equality for all people throughout his lifetime. His papers consist of scrapbooks, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, and reports of numerous businesses and organizations he founded or directed including the American Welfare Workers Club, the Carver Thrift Club, and…