The Library’s vast collection of photographs, maps, letters, newspapers, historical documents and rare books are available to scholars, researchers, and general library users within the Archives Research Center.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, 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.
One computer provides 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. 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.