Dr. Shirla R. McClain Collection

The Dr. Shirla R. McClain Collection includes the writings and research materials of Dr. McClain, a University of Akron alumna who was a public-school educator and a Kent State University professor of education. McClain published over 45 academic papers during her career but is still best known for her doctoral dissertation The Contributions of Blacks in Akron, 1825-1975, which was the first comprehensive history of Akron’s black community.