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Below are links to some of our most heavily used collections.  Feel free to browse the indexes for these collections or scroll all the way down the page to see a complete list of our holdings.


Browse the Library Catalogue - Search over 2000 titles available in the Fisher Family Library. 

Clark County Family Histories - Search surnames found in our published and unpublished family history research collections, located in the Fisher Family Library.

Biographical General Reference Surname Files - Search for your family name within a general index of hundreds of biographical files arranged A-Z.  These are available in the Archives.

Photographs of Families of Clark County A-Z - Available in the Archives

Search for your family name in an index to the six volume set: Yesteryear in Clark County, published from interviews with prominent Clark Countians in the 1890s. or Browse list of Yesteryear in Clark County Interviewees - Available in the Fisher Family Library.

Microfilm Collection - Partial listing of our microfilmed holdings.  Includes newspapers, census  records, probate indexes, naturalization records, city directories, militia rolls, and children’s home records.  Available in the Fisher Family Library.

Oversized Document Collection - These oversized documents include photographs, posters, maps and blueprints. Available in the Archives.

Tax Duplicate Inventory - 1846-1900 - Located in Storage Area.

Oral History Collection - Browse our collection of local interviews. Transcripts and recordings available in the Archives.

Prominent Clark County Citizens in the News - As listed in The Springfield Daily News 1909-1910.

Local Springfield Businesses - General Info and History located in the Archives.

Commercial A-Z (Local Businesses) - Photographs located in the Archives.

Business Trade Cards (Advertisements) A-Z  - Located in the Archives.

General Manufacturing and Industry Listings and Histories - Located in the Archives.

Ballentine Collection - Civil War documents, business advertisements, local publications, Springfield history, postcards, books, and periodicals. Located in the Archives.

Index to "Clark County Firsts" - Series of 1938 Clark County History Articles by Arthur D. Hosterman.  Located in the Fisher Family Library.

Index to Subject/Surname Card Files - Located in the Fisher Family Library, contains index cards on buildings, businesses, people, and more.

Index to older collections reference cards from early Clark County Historical Society donations

Military Clippings Collection - Index to military servicemen clippings, mostly from WWII, located on index cards in a cabinet in the library

Bartley Collection - Books, correspondence, postcards, business trade cards, Springfield and Clark County History.  Located in the Archives.

Springfield News-Sun Negatives - Browse this index of over 2000 original images from the local newspaper to find people, places, and events. Located in the Archives.

Springfield News-Sun Looking Back Articles - Browse a list of over 1,000 articles on local history topics and check out the index of images and topics included in each article.  Includes sports photos, school photos, and much more! Originals located in the archives, copies can also be made from microfilm.

Springfield News-Sun People Files Index - A-Z - Files include article clippings and photographs.

"Leaves from the Old Family Album" Index - Historical photos from the Springfield News-Sun Sunday papers 1934-1935

Microfilm Story Index - Index to interesting stories from the newspaper, various years

Clark County's 100th Anniversary - Index to 1917 Centennial Special Section from the Springfield Daily News

Springfield's 150th Anniversary - Index to 1951 Sesquicentennial Special Section from the Springfield Daily News

Heartland Book Collection - Collection contains original images used in the museum's Heartland exhibition catalog.  Images that were gathered for possible use in the museum exhibits or in the catalog that ultimately did not get used can be found here: Unused Heartland Images 

Postcard Collection - Located in the Archives.

Scrapbook Collection - Browse index and descriptive list of 50+ scrapbooks on various topics. Located in the Archives.

Harry Laybourne Photo Collection - Browse this enormous collection of thousands of photographs, slides, clippings, and research which cover the history of Springfield and Clark County. Located in the Archives.

Index to Images found in photographer Harry Laybourne’s books, Springfield, Ohio and Springfield, Ohio Revisited - Search through nearly 400 images from around Springfield. Located in the Archives.

Moores Scrapbook Photograph Collection - Photographs of people and places from the late 1930s thru the 1970s.  Located in the Archives.

Howard Weber Collection - Scrapbook of photographs of 130+ Springfield businesses c. 1920

List of Biographies included in the book Beautiful Ferncliff: Springfield, Ohio’s Historic Cemetery and Arboretum - Available in the Fisher Family Library or for purchase at the first floor museum store at the Heritage Center.

Index to homes and buildings included in the book No Place Like Home by George Berkhofer - Available in the Fisher Family Library or for purchase at the first floor museum store at the Heritage Center.

Index to the 1881 W.H. Beers & Co. History of Clark County - Available for use in the Fisher Family Library.

Index to the 1890 Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark County - Available for use in the Fisher Family Library.

Index of names found in the 1902 Biographical Record of Clark County - Available for use in the Fisher Family Library.

Index, Table of Contents, and Illustration List for the 1908 William Rockel 20th Century History of Springfield and Clark County - Available for use in the Fisher Family Library.

1870 Springfield Birdseye Lithograph list of sketches (available in archives map drawer)

Knights of Pythias Children’s Home Collection - Record of orphaned residents from 1895-1940s.  Records give birth date, birth place, parents names and more. Located in the Archives. 

Knights of Pythias Home Collection - Record of elderly adult residents from 1895-1980s.   These records give the names of the resident’s parents, children (with addresses), siblings, nieces, nephews, grandchildren.  The also include occupations, location of birth, level of education and name of the funeral home used.  Often deeds from residences, cemetery lot deeds, wills and life insurance policies are included in the file.  Located in the Archives.

Index to Springfield Illustrated from 1889 - This nine volume set of photographs is available for viewing in the Fisher Family Library.

Index to Springfield Illustrated from 1900

1855 Index of Landholders - Copied from 1855 Clark County Map.

Index of Landholders in the 1894 Clark County Atlas - Available in the Fisher Family Library or available for purchase from the Clark County Genealogical Society office.

Index of Images in the 1894 Clark County Atlas - Available in the Fisher Family Library or available for purchase from the Clark County Genealogical Society office.

Index to Newspaper Abstracts 1829-1843

Index to Clark County Genealogical Society Quarterly Newsletters 2007-2012

Education Collection - Schools in Clark County A-Z - Search hundreds of pictures of school buildings and classes. Located in the Archives.

Ohio Historical Site Inventories - Click here to look at a list of local historic sites and buildings that have submitted an Ohio Historic Inventory (OHI) form to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office in Columbus.  Copies of the OHI forms are available in the archives.  These forms provide photographs, information about architects, architectural styles, building dates, residents, and more. Located in the Archives.

List of Clark County sites on the National Register of Historic Places

Ohio History: The Scholarly Journal of the Ohio Historical Society 1887-1997 - This link will take you to the search index on the Ohio Historical Society’s website.  This will enable a search of volumes of articles from 1887 to the present day.  Our collection of journals are from the years 1887-1997 and are available in the Fisher Family Library.

Skardon Papers, Snodgrass Papers - Click to search for your family name in these indexes to genealogical information. Located in the Archives.

Index to Soldiers of the Revolution in Clark County, Ohio, edited by Mary A. Skardon and Anne Snodgrass Benston. 2 Volumes located in the Fisher Family Library.

Fisher Family CollectionContains genealogical files pertaining to the Fisher Family, as well as genealogical research done by Heritage Hunter, a genealogical research business, and research requests completed by the Friends of the Library.  This collection also contains files about Wittenberg University.  Located in the Archives.

Sylvia Olson Genealogical Research Collection - Contains thousands of files of correspondence on various family surnames.  Located in the Archives.

Clark County, Ohio Vital Statistics Index - Index to an 11 volume set of genealogical information submitted by researchers from around the country and compiled by Sylvia Olson.  The index contains surnames of the male heads of the family.  The volumes are available in the Fisher Family Library.

Steel Products Engineering Company (SPECO) Employee Records - These records contain detailed biographical information, husband/wife’s names, children and their ages, parents’ names, immediate family members, spouse’s family members, eduation, physical description, military service, and, if foreign born, date of arrival, ship, port of entry, and naturalization date. Located in the Archives.

International Harvester Employee Records c. 1900-1920 - The names listed in this collection each have employee record cards that list dates of employment, departments, age, and address.

"Springfield Men of Affairs" 1908 Caricature Book - Contains drawings of 100+ men in business and industry in Springfield.

"Souvenir of Springfield" 1903 Promotional Booklet with photos and business listings.

Buckets to Diesels Fire Department History Book Index

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2011

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2012

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2013

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2014

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2015

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2016

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2017

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2018

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2019

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2020

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2021

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2022

New Archival Items Added to Collection in 2023

Research Request Inquiries 2013

Research Request Inquiries 2014

Research Request Inquiries 2015

Research Request Inquiries 2016

Research Request Inquiries 2017

Research Request Inquiries 2022

Donations to the Historical Society artifact and archival collections 2008-2017


Below is a list of some of our local resources:

    • Marriage Returns 1820-1823; 1827-1831; 1835-1843; 1850-1948, 1974 (some)
    • Marriage Indexes 1818-1925
    • Marriage Record Books 1920s-1970s
    • Marriage Licenses (microfilm) 1818-1896, 1956-1959
    • Probate Birth and Death Records 1867-1910
    • Board of Health Birth and Death Records 1887-1910
    • Wills and Estate Records “A Series” 1-7907; 1-72,000 1818-1980s



Agricultural Associations

Horticultural Society

Agriculture Books

Ohio Farmers Grain and Milling Association

Shull Family Collection

General Agricultural Information

Farm Journals and Periodicals




Morris Collection

General Archaeological Information

Arthur Altick Collection 

American Archaeological Institute

Archaeology Books

Lutz Research Collection


Information on general architectural styles, local tours, individual buildings and homes.



Information on local artists, expositions, and art drawings not in object collection.


Artworks of Springfield - 1927 Publication - Lithographs of Springfield Locations

Springfield Artists and Exhibitions

Springfield Museum of Art Collection

Art Association Collection

Drawings of Springfield by Urbana artist Mike Major, index ~ book available in the Fisher Family Library

Heidi Kirkpatrick Collection


General Association Files - A-Z

Articles of Incorporation for Churches, Organizations and Businesses 1848-1894 - Index of Names

ABWA (American Business Women’s Association)

Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Association Scrapbook

Altrusa Club

Babes in Toyland Doll Club Scrapbooks

Bicentennial Commission

Center Street YMCA

Chamber of Commerce

Commercial Club

Chamber of Commerce/Commercial Club

Board of Trade Minutes Ledgers

Church Women United of Springfield Minutes and Events 1993-1997

Colored Men’s Council - Minutes, Programs and Correspondence 1954-1982

Clark County Home Economics Association-Minutes, Events, Scrapbooks and Rosters 1954-1983

Miami Valley Dental Society

Clark County Retired Teachers Association

Daughters of the American Revolution

Delta Kappa Gamma

Donnelsville Garden Club

Environmental Development Team Collection

Elderly United

United Senior Services Collection

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority

Garden Clubs Collection - Minutes, Scrapbooks, and Flower Show Programs and Yearbooks 1963-1992

Green Hedges Garden Club


Kiwanis Adopt-a-School Scrapbook

Gyro Club

George Rogers Clark Heritage Association

Interfaith Hospitality Network Collection

Junior Service League

Knights of Pythias Collection

Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

Last Man’s Club

League of American Wheelmen - Handbook, Newsletters, Minutes

Les Femmes Des Charities - Minutes, Events, and Finances 1948-2007

L.I.N.K.S., Inc.

Literary Club

Men’s Literary Club

Springfield Literary Club

Young Men’s Literary Club - Raup Family Essays 1899-1987

Young Men’s Literary Club Collection

20th Century Literary Club Collection

Monday Afternoon Club

Mother Singers Collection - 1927-1939

Masonic Lodges Collection

New Moorefield O.U.A.M. Minute Books

Pitchin Jr. O.U.A.M. Minute Books

Omega Nu Tau Sorority Collection

Purple Heart Society

Planned Parenthood

Professional Women’s Club

Research Club

Review Club

Rotary Club

S'Allemande Square Dance Club

Soroptimist Club

Sons of the American Revolution – George Rogers Clark Chapter

Springfield Arts Council

Springfield Development Council Collection

Springfield History Committee

Springfield Peace Collection - Springfield Peace Camp/Springfield Peace Center

Springfield People for Peace - Springfield Peace School

Springfield Urban League

Traveler’s Assistance Program Collection

The Woman’s Club

The Worthington Club

United Senior Services Collection

United Way/Community Chest


Young Woman’s Mission

Zonta Club


Atlases of Clark County 1870-1895, small collection of almanacs.


Louise Skillings Collection of Almanacs

City, County and Township Maps

1870 Atlas Table of Contents of Maps

1875 Atlas Index of Maps and Images

1894 Atlas Landholder Index, Image Index


Cassettes and transcripts of the Clark County Historical Society Oral History Program; audio and video cassettes of general interest; phonograph records.


Oral History Collection - 2016 Oral History Collection Survey - Indexed Transcript of Interviews

Audio and Video Reels and Cassettes

JFK Assassination Audio Tapes

Edison Record Collection

Phonograph Record Collection

Local Recordings - Phonograph Collection



Collection of General Files; individual family collections; Skardon and Snodgrass Papers; Probate Court records- primarily wills.


Biographical General Reference Surname Files

Scotch Irish in Clark County 

Attendance List with Biographical Info from Unknown Nov. 25, 1921 Meeting 

Deaths as Reported in the Newspaper 1829-1837, 1851 

Marriages as Reported in the Newspaper 1829-1837, 1851 

Index to Quarterly Newsletters of the Clark County Genealogical Society 2007-2012

Ackerman-Pfeiffer Collection 

Lymon & Charlene Alexander Collection

Emory-Armstrong Collection

Ark-Peairs Family Collection

Baker-Foos Collection

Margaret Baker Collection - Travel Documentary - Malaysia, Morocco, Thailand, Guatemala, Yucatan, Taiwan, etc.

Barr, Beltz, Fox, Madden, Randall, & Young Families

Berry Collection

Roger Boone Collection

Bowden Collection

Blair-Grimes Collection

Geneva Fath Brown Collection

Bradley-Spencer Collection

Eugene Burg Collection

Governor Asa Bushnell Collection

Bushnell, Hollenbeck, Ludlow, McGrew Collection

Bushnell-Dunberg Collection

Bookwalter Collection

Broderick and Dunn Collection

John T. Campbell Collection

Cartmell Collection

Cartmell-Snyder Collection

Courson, Doner, Mitchell and Trout Collection

Crummel, Griffith, Harrington, and Warrington Collection

Dodson Collection

Coggeshall Family

Charles Collis Collection

Cook Family

Jordan S. Davis Collection

Thelma Dunn Collection

Grace Durig Collection

Duncan, Charles, and Margaret Collection

Ehrhart Collection

Eipper Collection

Embree Collection

Feaster McKinnon Collection

Gish Collection

Kay Glaesner Collection

Colonel Robert C. Hanes Collection - Mostly Military Materials

Harper-Goem Family

George W. Hastings Family

Holman Family

Hertzer, Snyder, Kurtz Family

Hoppes Family

Hunt Collection - Civil War Collection

Kinney Family

Marjorie Kinney Research Collection  - Multiple families

J. Warren Keifer Family Collection

Dr. A. Richard Kent Collection

Elizabeth Rusby Kent Diary Collection

Simon Kenton Collection

Killen Family

Harry Kissell Collection

Kuss-Hauck Collection

Nina Marie Ladd Collection

Albert V. Lawson Jr. Collection

Ludlow Collection

Luger-Huter Collection

McBeth Collection

Lawrence, Littler & Jackson Families Collection ~ 3 binders of photos and documents (see Library)

Livingston Collection

Judge James D. Johnson Collection

Ludlow Collection

William D. McClenen Collection

McGregor Collection

Colonel C.J. Madden Collection

Emilie McMillen Family

Malowney, Odenbaugh, and White Families

Roland Matthies Collection

Warder Page Collection

Miller-Smith Families

William B. Patton M.D. Collection

Rausenberger Collection - Aeronautical/Aviation Collection

Nancy Mechlin Collection

Meehan Collection

Mickle Collection

Noonan Family Collection

Ollinger Collection

Ostot Collection

Quentin Family

Raup Family

Don Robey Collection

Rodgers Family

Reeder-Bennett Family

Dr. Gale Ross Collection

Orton Rust Collection

Lucille Schaefer Collection

Daniel Summers Collection

Snyder-Ream Collection

Snyder Family

Carl W. Steinkamp Collection - Aeronautical/Aviation Collection

Studebaker Family

Spinning-Wyant Collection

Steel Products Engineering Company (SPECO) Collection - Contains Employee Records with Detailed Biographical Information

Tarbutton Family

Thacker Family Collection

Thompson Family Collection - Lucy Rightmeyer Thompson and J. Robert Thompson - Diaries, Letters, etc.

Wise Collection

Tom Stafford Collection - Springfield News-Sun Writer

Harry Toulmin Collection - Wright Brothers’ Patent Attorney

Isaac Walter Collection

Weaver Family

Jeremiah Warder Papers

Westcott Collection

Warder Page Collection

Ridenour-Puckett Families

Ada Lewis Collection - Various Surnames

Janet McCroskey Collection - Various Surnames

Skardon Papers - Various Surnames

Snodgrass Papers - Various Surnames

Anne Benston Collection 1, Anne Benston Collection 2 - Various Surnames

Sylvia Olson Genealogical Research Collection - Various Surnames

Biographical Category - Oversized Materials

Biographical Category - Oversized Materials, part 2

Janet McCroskey Genealogical Research Collection

McAdams-Jordan Collection


Listings for cemeteries in Springfield and Clark County; large collection of Greenmount Cemetery records.


County Cemeteries A-Z

Springfield Cemeteries A-Z

Greenmount Cemetery Register 1851-1881

Greenmount Cemetery Lot Owners & Purchasers 1855-1875


Records of the historical society functions.


Heritage Center Exhibits 2001-2010

Heritage Center Exhibit 1987-2003, 2010-2013

CCHS Scrapbook Index 1897-1924


General reference material on area history.


W.F. Lohnes Collection - Western Clark County

Clark County History Books

City and Rural Directories

Clark County History Collection

Ohio Memory Project Online Clark County Scrapbook

Clark County History Timeline 1768-1977

Index to Newsletters for Historical Societies in Clark County


General files on city and county commercial interests; general information on banks and individual company collections.


Downtown Springfield Businesses c. 1949 - As represented in the Swonger Downtown models in the 1st Floor Expo Hall Gallery

Sketches of Springfield Businesses and Businessman 1854-1855 - From The Dollar Nonpareil Newspaper (see General Collection Boxes)

"What Springfield Makes" - Springfield News-Sun Special Section - 1930 (see General Collection Boxes)

"Know Springfield" Contest - October 1934 - Photos and Ads of Businesses (see General Collection Boxes)
"Springfield Businessmen at their Desks" - Springfield Daily News Special Feature - January 10-February 17, 1926

Merchants and Mechanics (M&M) Federal Bank Collection

Credit Life Insurance Company

Bank Collection - Files on various banks

Business Ledger Collection - Ledgers from Various Companies

Oversized Commercial Collection

S.S. Kresge’s Lunch Counter Recipe Collection

M&M Collection

Credit Life Collection

Wren’s Department Store Collection

B.R. Harrah and Sons Collection - Contracting and Construction

Springfield Nash Incorporated

Schmidt’s Drugstore

H.S. Stevenson & Sons Heating and Cooling

McCann Drugstore

Krueger’s Sundries

Brain Lumber Company Collection

Captive Insurance Company

Urbana Banking Company Collection

Insurance Companies

Mitchell Building Company

Morris Plan Bank Collection

Kissell Company

Kissell Company - Noonan Collection

Petticrew Insurance Company

Lewis and Son Printing Company

Delscamp Collection

Miller Printing Company

Florists and Nurserymen Collection

Berryhill Nursery

Koehler Collection

Dairy Treet Collection

Stewart Chase, Attorney-at-law - Contains files of unorganized general documents pertaining to Chase’s law practice

Upper Valley Mall Stores, August 1971 Opening

Bonded Oil Stations Photo Collection


General reference files on events and institutions; individual theater collections.

Annual Events

Matthew Horen Collection

Arline Emery – Baritone “torch’ singer

Freddy Martin Collection

Springfield Arts Council Collection

Ads, Concerts, Programs, Bands/Orchestras, Theater, Circus

Junior Service League Collection

Playbox Theater Collection

Black’s Opera House

Springfield Harmony Knights

Performing Arts Box 1

Performing Arts - Box 2

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Collection - Part 1

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Collection - Part 2

Memorial Hall – Performing Arts

Springfield Music Publications

Regent’s and Civic theater

Cultural Collection - Oversized Materials

Cultural Collection - Oversized Artwork

Fortnightly  Musical Club

Grand Opera House

Springfield Civic Theatre

Springfield Civic Theater Performance List - 1930s-2000s

Gus Sun Collection

Bradley Kincaid Collection

Clark State Performing Arts Center (The Kuss)


Official government documents such as marriage, land grants, deeds, naturalization papers, general documents.


Holland Collection - Includes Hertzler and Snyder Deeds

Neer Collection

Land Grants

Deed Index to Grantors and Grantees 1811-1870


Stock Certificates



Harshman/Snyder Collection

Indentures 1825-1838

Index to Military Surveys

Plat Maps



School (Text)Book Collection

Springfield High School/Springfield South High School Collection

Springfield High School Commencement and Reunion Collection

Springfield (South) High School Class of 1872-1966 -

         Class, Commencement and Reunion Materials

Springfield High School Class of 1937, 1939 Reunion Materials

Springfield High School Yearbook Collection - 1911-1960 (no 1931) and after recombining North and South, 2010-2019

Springfield South High School Yearbook Collection - 

1963-1994, 1996, 2000-2008

Springfield North High School Yearbook Collection - 1961-1969, 1971-1979, 1981-1984, 1988-1990, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2004-2006

Springfield (South)High School Herald, Wildcat, and Mentor - 1905-1976

Springfield High School Bound Heralds - located in library

Springfield North High School Collection

St. Raphael/Catholic Central High School Collection

Springfield City Schools - Elementary and Middle Schools

Springfield City Schools - Secondary, Post Secondary, and Specialty

Vocational Schools, JVS, Clark State Community Collection, Clark Technival College

Northwestern Schools Botkin Collection

Northwestern High School Yearbooks - 1952-59, 1960-68, 1970-78, 1981-82

Tecumseh High School Class of 1958 Collection

Township Schools Collection - Springfield Township

Township Schools Collection - Mad River Township

Township Schools Collection - Bethel, German, Greene, Harmony, and Madison Moorefield, Pike and Pleasant Townships

Township Schools Collection - Yearbook Collection

Bethel Township Records 1881-1887

Carra Mae Hinkle Collection

Union Settlement House Collection

New Moorefield School

I.T. Heck Collection

J.R. Clarke Collection

Evalind Pickering Music Education Collection

Edison Teaching Kit Collection

Extracurricular Collection

Frey Elementary PTA Collection

Educational Materials Collection

Educational Reports and Surveys Collection

Emmanuel Christian Academy Collection

School Sports Activities

Students Grades and Writings

Springfield Board of Education 

PTA Collection

Mary M. Miller Collection

Wittenberg Collection

Wittenberg Student Life Collection

Wittenberg History Collection

World News of the Week Collection - World Maps and Quizzes based on weekly world events October 1943-May 1944

Shay Collection - Gene and Betty (Moore) Johnson Shay, Class of 1941 and other class memorabilia

Education Collection - Oversized Materials

Clark State Community College

Charter Schools, JVS/Career Technical Center

Springfield High School (1907-1959)/ Springfield South High School (1960-2008)/ Springfield High School (North + South) 2008-

Center for Innovation - The Dome, Career Connect ED, Global Impact STEM Academy



General Collection

African America Businesses and People

African American Activities

Lucas Collection - Center St. YMCA, Curry Institute, National Council of Negro Women, Colored Men’s Council, Second Baptist Church

Godfrey-Brown Families

African American Issues, Underground Railroad, Shellman writings, race riots

Clark County Underground Railroad Site List

Reverend J.R. Scurry Underground Railroad Recollections - 1908

Bell Collection

The Springfield Post Newspaper - Published Feb-December 1956, "Springfield's Only Negro Newspaper"




Deeds (Grantor and Grantee) 1811-1875

Indenture Record Book - 1825-1834 

Naturalization Records - See Index and Microfilm

Civil Docket Book - Early 1800s

List of Clark County Prosecutors 1801-2011

Tax Duplicates 1846-1900

Plats and Surveys

Index to Landowners in original Springfield Plat 1801

City Utilities Collection

City Police Department

City Police Department - Floyd Womacks Collection

City Streets Collection

City Commission - Robert Pyle Collection

Engineering, Planning and Transportation Department

City Issues and Renewal Projects: Committee of 21, Blueprint for Progress, Issues "7 and 6", Core Renewal

City Property Collection

City Law Collection

Health Department

City Budget Collection

Prohibition Probate Records

Jerome A. Nevius Silver Dollar Gambling Scandal Collection - Court of Common Pleas - 1940s

Municipal Court Cases

City Collection

City Collection - Oversized

Townships Collection

Clark County Departments

Clark County Board of Elections

Clark County Sheriff Department Collection

City of Springfield Collection

Clark County Courts
Postal Services Collection

Fire Department Collection - See also Roberds Collection in Small Collections Category

Springfield Fire Division Daily Log Collection - Platoon Chief/Commander Logs, Fire Marshal Logs, Stations 1& 3-10 Logs

Probate Court Ohio vs. Cases ~ These cases are listed in the Probate Index under "State of Ohio vs. ______"

Former Mayor Roger Baker Collection

Minnie Cochran, City Clerk - Scrapbook

Ann Armstrong Collection

Springfield Chamber Advertising Publication 1924


General reference files; individual collections on area health interests and pursuits.


I.O.O.F. (International Order of Odd Fellows)

City/Community/Mercy/Springfield Regional Medical Center - Hospital Collection

Springfield Regional Medical Center - Construction Releases

Hospital Publications Collection

School of Nursing Collection

City-Community Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Collection

Clark County Health Care Facilities Collection

Medical Books and Pamphlets Collection

Medical History/ Diseases, Treatments, Cures/ Clark County Doctors

Medical Society Alliance Collection

Clark County Medical Education Foundation

Ohio Masonic Home Collection

Hullinger Collection

Clark County Medical Society

Springview Hospital Collection

Clark Memorial Home

Clark County Infirmary Inmate Records

Paramedic Collection

Geneva Fath Brown Collection

Clark County Health Department Collection - 1950-2002

Combined Health District Collection - Board Minutes 1920s-1950s

Knights of Pythias Children's Home Collection 1895-1940s

Knights of Pythias Home Collection 1895-1980s



Diaries of local people.


Kissell Diaries

James H. Bird Diaries

George W. Netts Diaries

Grace Myrtle Rogers Collection

Nina Eichelberger Diary Transcript 1916-1920




Children’s Authors

Nathan Dunn Collection

Local Author Collection

Famous Author Collection

Nonlocal Nonfamous Authors

Ohio Authors



General reference files concerning local industry and manufacturing; individual company collections.


General Listings and Histories A-Z 

Manufactories and Businesses in 1884 Publication

Manufactories and Businesses in 1886 Publication

Manufactories and Businesses in 1891 Publication

Manufactories and Businesses in 1893 Publication

Springfield Men of Affairs - 1908 Caricature Book of Businessmen

Springfield Times Industrial Special Section - July 1913

Sketches of Springfield Businesses and Businessman 1854-1855 - From The Dollar Nonpareil Newspaper

Automobile Collection



General Industrial Collection

Allen Tool and Die Company

Ansted and Burke Company

Bauer Brothers-Foos Manufacturing Company

Bayley Collection

Bomag Collection

Bryant Basket Company Collection

Brass Company

Bretney Company

Buckeye Incubator

Buffalo-Springfield/Bomag/Koehring Reel Promotionals (see Audio Category)

Cascade Corporation

The Champion Chemical Company

Crowell-Collier Collection 

Crowell-Collier "Hello" Employee Magazine Index 1946-1952

Indianapolis Switch and Frog Company

Lagonda Manufacturing

Foos Bookwalter Machine Company

International Harvester Collection

Inventor’s Collection

Huston Collection

W.D. Fuller Collection

Springer Collection

Igou Collection

Kelly Companies Collection

Kelsey-Hayes Collection

Lagonda Car Company Collection

Elliott Company Collection

Leffel Company

Mast, Foos, and Company

Miller Improved Gas Engine Company

Oakcrest Machine Shop Company

Ohio Steel Foundry Collection

Parker Sweeper Collection

Robbins and Meyers Collection

Robbins and Myers Cooperator Newsletter Collection

Steel Products Engineering Company (SPECO) Employees 

SPECO Finding Aid - Details entire collection

SPECO Full Collection List

SPECO History

SPECO Photographs

SPECO Advertisements

SPECO Patents

SPECO Photo Albums

Springfield Metallic Casket Company (Metallic Casket Co)

Superior Grain Drill Company - American Seeding Machine

Oliver Corporation

Superior Gas Engine Company

Superior/White/Cooper Collection

Cooper Engines

Thomas Manufacturing Company

Thomas Tape Company (Thomas Stationary Manufacturing Company)

Thompson Grinder Collection

Westcott Collection

Warder, Bushnell, and Glessner Company

William N. Whitely Company

Labor Temple Correspondence Collection  - Correspondence from Various Unions

Labor Union Collection - Materials from Various Unions

Trades and Labor Assembly Collection

Various Companies - Oversized

Ohio Farmers’ Grain and Milling Association

Commercial and Savings Bank

Warder and Barnett Company

Springfield Building Trades Council

American Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #97

Clark County Nonpartisan League

Typographical Union #117

Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of the U.S. and Canada #533

Motion Picture Operators Union #352

Mechanics Union

Engineering and Business book collection


Collections of local involvement in military endeavors from the American Revolution through WWII; specific and general reference books and periodicals.


Clark County Veterans Honor Page

Clark County Veterans Burial Cards - Revolutionary War - WWI

War Posters Collection - Oversized Box

Revolutionary War Collection

Revolutionary War Soldiers

War of 1812

Civil War Collection

Ohio Volunteer Militia (110th OVI) – Civil War Collection

Civil War – Charles Berry Correspondence

Civil War – Otho Binkley Collection

Civil War – Finley A. Cummings Collection

Civil War – Hawkins Collection

Civil War – 44th OVI

Civil War – Luther Brown Papers

Civil War – Local GAR posts

Civil War – Postwar, battlefields, Confederate material

Civil War – Mitchell Post #45 Collection

Civil War – Jacob C. Barr

Civil War Veterans living in Springfield listed in the Fall 1895 Springfield Republic

Clark County Civil War Soldiers As Listed in 1886 "Military History of Ohio" - Book available in the archives

GAR Women’s Relief Corps

GAR Member Index - Includes war record and burial information

Civil War books

Spanish American War

WWI Collection - Combatants and Homefront

WWI Combatant Clippings Collection

WWI - John Garlough Overseas Aviation Collection

WWI - Keifer Collection

WWI - Thompson Collection

WWI - Joseph Link Collection

WWI Oversized Materials

WWII - American Legion

WWII – Red Cross Collection

WWII – Civilian Support and Defense

WWII - Civil Defense

WWII - Combatants Collection

WWII - Combatants Newspaper Clipping Collection

WWII Military Documents

WWII - John H. Balzer Collection

WWII – Pinkerton Collection

WWII - Edward Haughey Collection

WWII - Carl F. Krause Collection

WWII – Nicely Collection

WWII – Lupfer Collection

WWII – Honefanger Collection

WWII - Ada Mae and Tom Olwine Collection

WWII Oversized Materials Collection

WWII – Ark-Peairs Collection

WWII - Tiemann Collection

WWII Burials Collection

WWII Newspaper Clippings Collection

WWII Normandy Invasion Collection

WWII Books

WWII News Sun Scrapbooks

WWII Magazines

WWII American Legion Collection

WWII Bruce B. Bucher Collection

George "Sam" Lambert Collection

Korean War Collection

Korea & Beyond - Oversized Box

Vietnam War

Vietnam Wall Experience

Gulf War

Ohio Air National Guard Collection

Ohio National Guard Collection

Miscellaneous Collection - Veterans burials, pension claims, discharges, veteran’s benefits, flag history, war history

War Books


A small collection describing the area’s natural history features.


Natural History books

Cedar Bog Collection

Geology Collection

Ohio Natural History Collection

Soil Survey Collection


General reference files on Ohio’s early history as part of the Northwest Territory.



General information on Ohio history.


Collections of local periodicals and newspapers, including material from Farm and Fireside and Crowell-Collier.


Periodical Collection - Clark County Publications, Non-Local Publications, Newspapers

Newspapers Stored in 2nd Floor Collections 

News-Sun Transparency Card Collection

News-Sun Graphics Binders Collection

News-Sun Story Graphics - Sketches and Illustrations for Various Story Topics

News-Sun Local Story Graphics 1992-2006 - Photos, maps, illustrations

News-Sun Miscellaneous Collection

News-Sun Reference Collection

News-Sun Entertainment Collection

Springfield Daily News Special Section - April 1915 ~ Has photos and articles featuring local businesses, clubs, educators, etc.

Index to Newspaper Abstracts 1829-1843

Newspapers, Single Issues - Stored in 2 Oversized Boxes

Microfilm Story Index - Index to interesting stories from the newspaper, various years

Microfilm Inventory

Springfield News Sun Collection - Subject Files A-Z 

Springfield News Sun Collection - Local People Files A-Z

Springfield News Sun Collection - Non-Local People Files A-Z

Springfield News Sun Collection - Sports Files

Springfield News Sun Collection - Image Card Files 1995-1998

Springfield News Sun Chuck Matthews Photo and Negative Collection

Springfield News Sun Chuck Matthews Negative Collection

The Springfielder Magazine 1948-1955 - indexed

The Springfield Post Newspaper - Published Feb-December 1956, "Springfield's Only Negro Newspaper" (See Ethnic Category section)

Springfield Tribune 1909-1943

Western Pioneer 1829-1833

Springfield Pioneer 1833-1836

Pioneer & Chronicle 1833-1834

The Republic 1839-1854

The Weekly Republic 1854-1858

The Daily Republic 1854

Daily Springfield Nonpareil 1855-1858

Springfield Nonpareil 1855-1858

Dollar Nonpareil 1854-1855

Mad River Valley News

Evening News and Journal 1858-1859

Mad River Valley News 1858-1859

Springfield Daily News (formerly MRVN) 1860-1865

Springfield Evening News 1862

Springfield Weekly News

Springfield News 1860

Springfield Advertiser 1866, 1867

Springfield Morning Advertiser 1868

Springfield Weekly Advertiser 1871

Springfield Daily Advertiser 1872

Daily Urbana Free Press 1861

Urbana Citizen and Gazette 1849, 1862-1865, 1867 (various)

Urbana Union 1867

Clark County Democrat 1866

County Collustrator 1831

Methodist Recorder

Springfield Daily Gazette

Weekly Globe Republic

Springfield Globe Republic

Springfield Weekly Gazette

Springfield City Times

Champion City Times

Springfield Republic Times

Champion City Weekly Times

The Sunday Leader

Ohio Rural Times

The Daily Press

Ohio Weekly Rural Times

The Press Republic

Daily Press Republic

Daily Republican Gazette

Springfield Gazette

Journal Uno Adler (German Language Paper)

Springfield Morning Times

The Tribune

The Stars and Stripes

Springfield Daily News 1915-1923, 1939-1970

Springfield Daily News 1924-1938 (on microfilm)

Springfield Daily Sun 1924-1928 (on microfilm)

Springfield Daily Sun 1917-1921

Assorted Periodicals (mostly Springfield)

Peterson’s Ladies National Magazine

The Suburbanite 1960-1964

Miscellaneous Newspapers

Life Magazine

Hunt Collection Newspapers

National Intelligencer 1823-24, 1826-1831

Farm and Fireside 1882-1905, 1907-1918; 1922-1924

Women’s Home Companion 1903-1905; 1907-1918; 1921; 1941-1956

Ladies Home Companion 1888-1894; 1896-1899; 1901-1902

Collier’s Yearbook 1943-1971

Collier’s 1900; 1904; 1940-1956

Harper’s Weekly 1861-1865; 1871-1876; 1904-1905

Farm Journal

Miscellaneous Publications

Newsweek Magazine – “American Dream”

Clark County Publications

Springfield Newspapers 1994-1995

Home and Flowers

Clark County Publications

Escalade 1937-1941

Children’s Periodicals – Little Folks’ Magazine, Children’s Magazine, The Bud 1901-1902

The Mentor 1928-1930s

A New Concept 1977-1979

The Herbarist

The Farm 1920, 1953

The Champion City 1876, 1879, 1882

Illustrated Champion 1877, 1886-1887

Whitely’s Factory Farm

Our Young People 1882-1884, 1889

Home and School 1885

Young Folks’ Circle 1884-1886

Womankind 1895

Madame 1903


Photographs arranged by category with the same designations as the main archives, however, there is not a one-to-one correspondence between the files.


Springfield News-Sun Negatives - 2000+ images of people, places, and events

Springfield Picture Book Indexes - Search nearly 400 images

Larry Marple Classroom Collection - Images used for Springfield/Clark County elementary school history unit

Springfield Ohio Photographers 1842-1920s

Harry Laybourne Photo Collection  -Search thousands of photos, postcards, slides, and clippings of Springfield and Clark County History.

Education Collection - Schools in Clark County A-Z - Search hundreds of pictures of school buildings and classes.

Moores Photo Collection - Photographs of people and places from around Springfield and Clark County 1939-1972.

Moores Scrapbook Photograph Collection - Photographs of people and places from 1939-1945.

Howard Weber Collection - Scrapbook of photographs of 130+ Springfield businesses c. 1920

Carlton Bauer Collection

Everett Bush Collection

Smart Slide Collection

Springfield in the 1970s - Alex Heckathorn slides from Human Relations Commission Presentation 1973-1974

Springfield Calendar 1991 - includes B&W photos, some used in final, some not

Miscellaneous Slide Collection

Miscellaneous Photo Collection

Bill McCuddy Photo Reproductions - Collection once on display in office of Bill Roediger

Photographs of Families of Clark County A-Z

Agriculture Collection


Architectural Collection

Residential Architecture Collection - Architectural Styles & Residences in City and County A-Z

Historic Homes in Springfield, 1971 - Scrapbook by Amy Hecker

Hospital Neighborhood House Photos Prior to Demo for Springfield Regional Medical Center - mid 2000s

Architecture Oversized

Cultural Architecture Collection ~ Theaters, etc.

Springfield and Clark County Churches

David Crabill House


Associations A-Z


Donnelsville Garden Club

Les Femmes des Charities

Soroptimist Club

Rotary Club

Springfield Urban League

Associations - Oversized

Men A-Z

Men - Oversized Images

Women A-Z

Children A-Z

Identified Family Groupings A-Z

Unidentified Men

Unidentified Women

Unidentified Children

Unidentified Groups

Unidentified Families

Unidentified family albums found in demolished home in SMRC neighborhood

Banes, Dunn, and Welch

Margaret Baker Collection

Bushnell, Hollenbeck, McGrew

Ark Family

Crabill Family

Joseph Black/James Black Family

Campbell Collection

Baxter Family Collection

Bushnell-Dunberg Collection

Alma Cochran Collection

Courson, Doner, Mitchell & Trout Collection

Folkemer Collection

Kay M. Glaesner Collection

Glover Collection

Ihrig/Slough Collection

Hunt Collection

Keifer Collection

Killen Family

King Family

Latimer/Durig Collection

Layne Donation

McBeth Collection

McCullough Family

McGregor Collection

Meehan Collection

Noonan Family Collection

Otstot Collection


Kiser-Womac Collection

Quentin Collection

Rausenberger Collection

Schreiber Collection

Shingler Collection

Skardon Collection

Ann Snodgrass Collection

Snyder-Ream Collection

Crumel, Griffith, Harrison, Worthington

Steinkamp Collection

Yeazell-Thomas Families

Moore Family

Leffel Family

Livingston Collection

Longo Wedding Pictures

Snyder Wedding, Family, and racehorses

Tavenner Family

Titlow Collection

Lucille Schaefer Collection 

Patton Family Collection

Wallace, Diehl, Rosenberry, and Cochran Families

Wedgwood Collection

Individual Family Groups

Identified Men, Women, and Groups

Unidentified Women


Cemeteries A-Z (county)

Cemeteries A-Z (city)

Ferncliff Cemetery

Lagonda/St. Raphael Cemetery

CCHS Collection - Events, Programs, Exhibits, Facilities, Staff, Board, and Volunteers

CCHS Collection - Artifacts, Events and Facilities

CCHS Collection - Heartland and Exhibit Images

CCHS Collection - Digital Image Prints - Exhibits

CCHS Collection - Digital Image Prints - Events

CCHS Collection - Digital Image Prints - Mu

CCHS Collection - Oversized

Upper Valley Mall Photo Collection

Wittenberg Student Life Collection


National, state, and local information on politics and the political process.


Congressmen Representing Clark County 1803-2013

Clark County Congressional Districts 1822-2013

Elections 1921, 1928, 1976-1980

The Congressional Globe 1860s - Congressional Proceedings

Springfield and Clark County Political Issues

Temperance Movement

"The New Era" Prohibition Newspapers

Ohio Politics

United States Politics

League of Women Voters

JFK Collection

John L. Zimmerman Collection


Local sports teams, facilities, sports news.


Football Scrapbook 1932

Nicholl Collection

High School Sports Collection

City and County Parks Collection

Regional Parks Collection

Sports Collection

Golf Collection 

Baseball Collection

Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame/ Springfield, Clark County Baseball Hall of Fame

Davey Moore Collection - Boxing

Brooks Lawrence Collection - Baseball

Elwood Pitzer Collection - Springfield High School 1950 Basketball State Championship Team

Jr and Sr High Sports Collection


General reference files and collections concerning area religious groups and facilities



Scrapbook Collection

Springfield Development Center Scrapbook

8th Grade Assignment - Ohio History Scrapbook

Ohio Bell Scrapbook

South Vienna Scrapbook



Individual boxed collections, primarily concerning area small towns; A. B. Graham Collection; Ballentine Collection; Roberds Collection


Massie Collection

Catawba Old School/Community Center

YWCA Collection

Ballentine Collection

Bartley Collection


Kinnison Collection - Samuel Shellabarger Manuscript and Research

Layne Donation

Laybourne Research Collection - Box 1

McCullough Collection

A.B. Graham Collection

Merle Grace Kearns Collection







New Carlisle


South Charleston

South Vienna

Tremont City

Northampton, Rex, Catawba, Plattsburg, Selma

Columbus, Dayton, Lagonda, Lebanon, London, Mechanicsburg, St. Paris, Urbana, Yellow Springs

Disaster Collection - Blizzards, fires, floods, diseases, riots, accidents, cyclones, murders, earthquakes, etc.

Crime Collection

News Sun Collection

Zoe Johnson Papers

Robert A. Schneider Army Staff Sergeant Collection

Madonna of the Trail Collection

Marion (Bud) Clark Research Collection

Quirk Collection

Roberds Collection - Fire Department Collection

Lucille Schaefer Collection

Annie Shepard Collection

Weather Collection

Town and Country (TAC) Day School

TAC Industries Collection

Brain Family Collection

Springfield News-Sun Looking Back Articles - Browse a list of over 200 articles on local history topics and check out the index of images and topics included in each article.  Includes sports photos, school photos, and much more! Located in the Archives.

U.S. Representative David L. Hobson Collection

Hobson Challenge Coin Collection - Partial List

Dr. Gertrude Stein Collection

WPA (Works Progress Administration) Kyle Collection

Robert Skabla Collection - Crystal Lakes Shootout, September 3, 1937 and Dingledine-Chapman Trial materials



Miscellaneous files on hobbies and social events.


Games, Hobbies & Humor Collection

Valentine's Collection

Greeting Cards

Clark County Fair

Clothing History Collection

Fairs and Expositions

Domestic Arts Collection - Housekeeping, recipes, menus, weddings, new bride guides, child rearing, etiquette

"Pause for Living" Coca-Cola Magazine 1954-1970



General reference files on Springfield history.


General History Collection

Memorial Hall Time Capsule Collection

Robert Horstman Research Collection

Bill Swonger Scrapbooks

Grace Knight Scrapbook

WIZE Local History show transcripts, 1986

Springfield Books

Tom Loftis Collection

Springfield Street Names Then and Now



Some general, but mostly specific information on local forms of transportation.


Electric Railways/Traction/Interurban lines

National Road (Route 40) Collection


Air National Guard and WPAFB



Bike Trails

Beckley Municipal Airport

Transportation Oversized Collection

Railroads & Railways - Timetables

Transportation Planning Studies

Transportation books

Railroad Engineer’s Field Books

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