Help Us — Become a Part of Cleveland Memory

We hope you enjoy the Cleveland Memory Project and find the information and images on local history valuable. If you would like to get involved with helping us get more historical information to more people, then here are some things you can do:

Help Us Acquire Material:
Walter Leedy at home with his postcards
Dr. Walter Leedy with
postcards spread out
on floor.

If you have photographs or other historical items you think might be of interest, and are willing to either donate it to Special Collections at the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University, or let us make a copy for digitizing, then we'd love to hear from you.

We've already had people donate important items that are now on the web, such as the thousands of Cleveland Union Terminal construction photographs donated by Gerald Adams and Robert Linsey. Many people gave us items to include in our site Cleveland's First Infrastructure: the Ohio & Erie Canal.

If you're not quite ready to make a permanent donation, follow the lead of Walter Leedy and consider lending us your collection for digitization. Dr. Leedy's extremely popular collection is available at the Postcards of Cleveland exhibit.

Help Us as a Volunteer or an Intern:
Many of our web exhibits are the work of library school practicum students and history department interns. These practicum students and interns work with the Special Collections Librarian to gain an experience both academic and practical in nature. High school students working on their senior projects have also contributed to Cleveland Memory by digitizing materials available on our website. Volunteers with nothing more than an interest in local history and the desire to help have assisted in identifying content in our photographic collection or gathering material from donors.
Help Us Find Funding:

It will come as no surprise that digitizing materials costs money. Although in some cases we can give employment to students to help, we still need funds to pay them and to acquire the materials and technology with which they would work.

If you have any thoughts on where we might find funding -- large or small -- please talk to us. Are you a member of an organization that might be interested in funding a project? Do you sit on the board of a local foundation or corporate giving committee? Or, do you have the means, however modest, to help us?

The Next Step...

If you wish to help or have questions please contact us online or in person. Thank you.

  • Bill Barrow, Special Collections Librarian
  • Office: Main Library, Rhodes Tower 321A
  • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 am to 5 pm
  • Telephone: (216) 687-6998
  • FAX: (216) 687-9328
  • Email: w.barrow@csuohio.ed