The Library’s vast collection of photographs, maps, letters, newspapers, historical documents and rare books are available to scholars, researchers, and general library users within the newly created Archives Research Center. The Archives Research Center is located adjacent to Reference Services in the Lower Level of The Randolph and Estelle Dorn Addition. You will find quiet work tables, computer workstations dedicated to genealogy, microfilm reader-printers, and a copier. A state-of-the-art preservation workroom, a high-density storage room, and offices for Archives and Museum Services staff and interns are located here.
This collection of archival materials includes books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and other items that chronicle the history of the city of Sandusky and Erie County. Used extensively by scholars and researchers from all over the country, the Archives have been an important part of the Library's collection from its inception in 1902.
Because much of the collection is irreplaceable, the archival materials are not for circulation, and books in thecollection are, in general, not available through interlibrary loan. Photocopies of archival holdings are available at a charge for research purposes only. Requests for publication of archival holdings must be in writing, and copyright approval must be obtained from the copyright holder. Mail inquiries are welcome; however, staff is not able to accommodate written requests for extensive research.
The Archives Research Center also has four computer workstations available for genealogists and local history researchers. Each computer is connected via the Internet to the Library’s website, which contains links to many research sources, including Ancestry Plus and Biography and Genealogy Master Index. In addition to these web-based directories, the Archives Research Center computers contain many software tools and databases for genealogists. (See the complete list below.)
Also, these workstations will provide public access to the City of Sandusky – Oakland Cemetery Interment Record Index. Reference librarians are available to assist you in using these resources. For local history researchers, the Library’s online catalog of archival images will be available for browsing. (This catalog is in an early stage of development, and presently represents only a portion of the collections of the Archives.) The digital version of Patty Dahm Pascoe’s book, Elected to Serve Erie County, is also available to researchers at these workstations. For further information, contact Ron Davidson, Archives/Reference Librarian, at 419-625-3834 or you may speak with the Reference librarian on duty.