The Avon Lake Collection

Link to Avon Lake Public Library
A Cleveland Memory Project Partner

Avon Lake, Ohio is a city of 23,000 in the northeast corner of Lorain County, Ohio. It is 18 miles from downtown Cleveland and follows the shore of Lake Erie for five miles. An agricultural area that became a vacation destination, an industrial powerhouse and a commuter's haven, Avon Lake has a history that goes back more than 200 years. Photos in this collection date as far back as the 1890s.

Featuring historic photos of homes, farms, businesses, schools, churches, community events, and organizations, the Avon Lake Collection includes images from the Cleveland Press Collection, as well as many donated and loaned to us by organizations, businesses, and individuals who live here or have family ties here.

The Avon Lake Public Library and Heritage Avon Lake worked together to collect these photos, resulting in Images of America: Avon Lake (Arcadia Publishing, 2011). Many photos are here that did not appear in the book, and we continue to receive further donations and loans. If you have something related to Avon Lake you would like to share with the world, contact the Avon Lake Public Library.

Come and visit our growing collection of physical artifacts in the Marybelle Arnold North Coast History Room.

*Copyright policy for use of photos from this collection

New! The Avon Lake Documents Collection

Browse the Avon Lake Documents Collection here.


This project was made possible by Gerry Vogel, Assistant Director, Avon Lake Public Library; Bill Barrow, Kif Francis, Joanne Cornelius, Lauren Felder, Marsha Miles, and all the fine staff at the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University. Kent State MLIS candidate Gabriel Venditti, with the assistance of veteran Cleveland Memory Project volunteer Kathy Franzinger, provided training and documentation and set some standards for Library staff and volunteers to continue the work.

Much thanks to Library staff: Kathy Diamond, Nadge Herceg, Laura Ploenzke, and Karen Scott. Volunteer uploaders are Kim Krock, Marianna Vargane-Nagy, Heather Cosentino, Lisa French-Thomas, Melissa Mallinak, Patricia Belcastro, Jessica Williams, and Rebecca Kaplan.