Browse Our Web Exhibits by Topic
Our "Web Exhibits," which cover a wide variety of local topics, bring together all the digital resources available in Cleveland Memory (photos, eBooks, streaming video, etc.) with background information to provide visitors with a better understanding of how these artifacts of our collective past bring meaning to our lives today.
- The "Akron Sound" Museum
Digital reproductions of photos, fliers, record sleeves and album covers from the collection of the "Akron Sound" Museum, established in 2015 to celebrate, commemorate and preserve the contributions and musical history of the Akron, Ohio area.
- Annals of Cleveland: A Depression-Era Project of the WPA
An online finding aid to the Annals of Cleveland, a WPA project dedicated to the indexing and summarization of Cleveland's early newspapers.
- The Betty Klaric Collection
Photos, newsclippings and more documenting the life of Betty Klaric, a pioneering environmental reporter for the Cleveland Press.
- The City Club Forums Collection
Streaming audio and video recordings from the oldest free speech forum in the country. Distinguished speakers over the years include politicians, labor and business leaders, scientists, educators, clergy and entertainers.
- Clay Herrick Slide Collection
This archival collection, donated by Clay Herrick, author of "Cleveland Landmarks", consists of 100 pamphlets, brochures, books, and photographs. The most important element is some 6,000 slides; one-of-a-kind shots of various buildings in Cleveland, which are showcased here.
- Cleveland Cultural Gardens Collection
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, extending along East Blvd. & Martin Luther King Blvd. in Cleveland's University Circle area, is a unique collection of landscaped, themed gardens each representing a different ethnic group/organization in Cleveland. The gardens represent many of the cultural backgrounds of Cleveland's diverse population.
- The Cleveland Group Plan of 1903
This plan for the Mall and surrounding buildings is the earliest and the most fully realized plan for a major city outside of Washington, D.C.
- Cleveland Illustrated
All 135 images from this lavish viewbook and brief history of Cleveland published in 1889.
- The Cleveland Metroparks
Also known as the Emerald Necklace, the Cleveland Metroparks is one of city’s highlights. Conceived by engineer William Stinchcomb back in 1917, this system of sixteen reservations encircles the city of Cleveland to create a 21,000 acre park district, the oldest in Ohio.
- Cleveland: Pioneer in Cardiac Care
This website takes a closer look at those who contributed to Cleveland's distinctive history as a “Mecca” for heart care.
- Cleveland Police Historical Society & Museum
Showcasing a selection of photographs from our partners at the Cleveland Police Historical Society representing the entire history of the Cleveland Police Department, from its earliest days in the 1800s to today. Mounted units, police cars & ambulances, motorcycle & bicycle units and more.
- Cleveland State University in Cleveland Memory
Digital collections documenting the history of Fenn College & Cleveland State University.
>> THE CLEVELAND UNION TERMINAL COLLECTION
- Construction photographs
- A film documenting foundation work
- A souvenir dedication book
- Etchings by Louis C. Rosenberg
- Models of the Terminal Tower
- Cleveland Cultural Gardens Collection
- Early Synagogues of Cleveland
- Ethnic Women of Cleveland
- German Americans of Cleveland
- The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum
- Hungarian Americans of Cleveland
- Irish Americans of Cleveland
- Lithuanian Americans of Cleveland
- Notable Blacks of Cleveland
- Polish Americans of Cleveland
- Cleveland's First Infrastructure: The Ohio & Erie Canal
Historic photographs and other images, maps, and period advertisements offer a glimpse into canal era life in Ohio.
- Cleveland's Forgotten Freeways
Route location studies, including proposed routes, for planned freeways that were never built in the Greater Cleveland area.
- Cleveland's Golden Age of Downtown Shopping
Revisit Cleveland's Downtown Department Stores. Remember the Silver Grille? Mr. Jingeling? The Sterling Lindner Davis trees? Take a nostalgic trip back with these images from the Cleveland Press Collection of the golden age of downtown shopping in Cleveland.
- Clytean Club
Records, correspondence, photos and more from the Clytean Club, a women's literary/charitable organization dating back to 1897.
- Crime Scene, Cleveland
Some of our city's more sensationalized murder cases: The Torso murders, the Sheppard murder case, and the Danny Green car bombing. Also includes a profile of Eliot Ness during his time as Cleveland Safety Director.
- Cuyahoga County Engineer's Photography Collection
Nearly 2,000 images from the Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office, documenting Engineer's Office projects to install and maintain the civil infrastructure.
- The Cuyahoga County Fair Collection
120 photographs taken over a 60 year span depicting fair activities and fairgoers; a 1970 documentary film County Fair, U.S.A.; photos and audio recollections from the "Memories of Cleveland" exhibit at the 2006 county fair.
- d.a. levy Collection
A portal to works by and about Cleveland poet d.a. levy. The collection includes a digital gallery of CSU's levy collection of poetry, artwork, newspapers, manuscript and media materials, photographs and other related ephemera along with links to bibliographies and additional resources about levy.
- The Darius Milhaud Society Collection
Photographs, programs, books, articles, correspondence, scores, and other materials relevant to French composer Darius Milhaud and the Darius Milhaud Society founded by Dr. Katharine Warne.
- Disasters in Cleveland History
Images of the fires, explosions, floods, and other calamities that have left their mark on the city over the years.
- Each in Their Own Voice: African American Artists in Cleveland 1970-2005
Artwork and interviews with the artists featured in the above exhibition that ran from Jan. 23 - March 7 2009 at the Art Gallery at Cleveland State University.
- Eliot Ness in Cleveland: Ness, best known for bringing down Al Capone as leader of the Chicago "Untouchables", also spent time as Cleveland's safety director and later ran for mayor of the city. Part of Crime Scene, Cleveland.
- Euclid Beach Park & the Humphrey Glass Negative Collection
Revisit Euclid Beach Park (1895-1969), one of Cleveland's more successful and longer-lived amusement parks and get to know the Humphrey Family, owners and operators of the park from 1901 until 1969. The gates are open and you are welcome to enter.
- The Federal Reserve Bank Building of Cleveland, Ohio Digital Photograph Collection: Construction
78 black and white photos from the Archives of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland documenting the building's construction from the excavation of the site in 1921 to the completion of the structure in 1923.
- FEEDING CLEVELAND
A growing collection of topics that explores Cleveland's local food history and the vital role that food has played in the development of the region.
- Fenn College On-Line
Rediscover or learn for the first time what it was like to attend Fenn College, Cleveland State University's predecessor, in the 1960's. This site also features:
- Frank J. Libal Photograph Collection
A selection of images taken by Frank Libal, an Old Brooklyn-based commercial photographer who also served as historian of The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn.
>> BRIDGES OF NORTHEASTERN OHIO
A pathfinder to our extensive collections having to do with bridges and Civil Engineering. Includes links to images and eTexts as well as to:
>> CIVIL UNREST IN CLEVELAND
A pathfinder to documentary photographs, e-books, multimedia, and related reading about the Hough Riots, a spontaneous outbreak of civil disorder which encompassed a spectrum ranging from angry protest to vandalism, looting, and arson, and to the Glenville shootout, a gun battle between the Cleveland Police and an armed black militant group. The events in Hough were part of a national pattern of racial tension and frustration which produced similar urban uprisings around the country from 1965 to 1968.
>> THE CLEVELAND PRESS COLLECTION
The last of Cleveland's daily afternoon newspapers, The Cleveland Press was published from 1878 until 1982. Comprised of hundreds of thousands of clippings and photographs, The Cleveland Press Collection is the former editorial library, or "morgue," of The Cleveland Press and is now part of Cleveland State University Library's Special Collections.
A pathfinder to the digitized portion of our massive Cleveland Union Terminal Collection, the archives of the company that built the Terminal Tower, the union passenger station, the tracks and infrastruction below, and the complex of commercial and office buildings that surround it.
>> CLEVELAND'S ETHNIC HERITAGE
A pathfinder to our extensive collections on Cleveland's rich cultural heritage, featuring a growing collection of ebooks and curated collections of images, media, and further reading.
- The Gerald E. Brookins Collection
Documents and photos from the Gerald E. Brookins Trolleyville U.S.A. archives including images of streetcars, interurbans, railroads and everyday Cleveland area photographs.
- The Glory Days of the Cleveland Browns
Over 200 photos from 1946-64, when the Cleveland Browns were one of the best teams in football.
- The Great Lakes Exposition
- The Hulett Automatic Ore Unloaders Online
- Naef & Joslin Photographs: Port of Conneaut, Ohio
- Photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection
- Ports and Harbors Along Ohio's North Coast
- 3-D and Stereoview Images of Industrial Activity on the Great Lakes
- Greater Cleveland Print Collection
Hundreds of digital reproductions of engravings depicting various scenes and locations in the Greater Cleveland area during the 19th century.
- The James A. Garfield Collection at Hiram College
Includes digital reproductions of documents, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the life and death of President Garfield and his family.
- Cleveland's Journalists & Columnists
- Cleveland's Photojournalists
- Editorial Cartoonists and Their Work
- League Park: Cleveland's Original Ballpark
Built in the 1890s, League Park was the site of several important moments in baseball history and saw the likes of many baseball greats, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Satchel Paige, and Lou Gehrig. See photos and more. Also included here:
- LEGAL LANDMARKS IN CLEVELAND HISTORY
Original case documents and more providing insight into some of Greater Cleveland's groundbreaking court cases.
- The Glenville Shootout and the Trial of Fred Ahmed Evans
- Mapp v. Ohio (367 U.S. 643)
- Reed v. Rhodes (C73-1300)
- Sheppard v. Maxwell (1966-490)
- Winkelman v. Parma City School District (05-983)
- The Lewis Turco Collection
Using digital content from Lewis Turco's donated letters and materials as well as other documentation, this website provides a valuable resource for scholars and poets alike interested in tracing the roots of Cleveland's poetry scene.
- The Life & Times of Ralph J. Perk
An in-depth look at this former Cleveland mayor and the contributions he made to the city during his tenure from 1971 to 1977.
- ASM International
- The Browning Engineering Co.: Designers and Builders of Locomotive Cranes
- Clark Cable Corporation
- Industrial Rayon Corporation: Celebrating a Special Workplace
- Parrish and Bingham Company
- Patterson-Sargent Paint Company
- State Chemical Manufacturing Co.
- Messing About in Boats: The Amazing Adventure of Robert Manry
On June 1, 1965 Robert Manry, a copy editor for the Plain Dealer and a Willowick, Ohio resident, left Falmouth, Massachusetts aboard his 13.5-foot sailboat, Tinkerbelle, to begin his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. He arrived in Falmouth, England seventy-eight days later on August 17, 1965. At the time of the crossing Tinkerbelle was the smallest boat to have ever crossed the Atlantic.
- Mystery Photo Album from the 1890s
This is a small photo album that was acquired from a dealer. We know nothing about it, except what it discloses about itself: namely that it covers territory south of Cleveland, Ohio -- in the Kent/Akron area along the Cuyhoga River, Ohio & Erie Canal and nearby towns -- and that the photos were shot around 1897.
- The Cain Park Theatre Collection
- The CSU Theatre History Collection
- The Dobama Collection
- The Early History of The Cleveland Play House (1915-1984)
- Hanna Theater Curtain
- Karamu House and Theatre
- Playhouse Square
- Tony Mastroianni Review Collection
- OUR TOWN
Photo collections showcasing cities throughout Ohio. Many of these collections are the result of partnerships between Cleveland Memory and the libraries, schools, and historical organizations from the towns featured.
- Akron: The Cleveland Perspective
- The Avon Lake Collection
- Burton Memory Project
- Cleveland Heights & University Heights, Ohio: A Collection of Historic Images
- The Cuyahoga County Public Library Collection
- East Liverpool, Ohio: A Glimpse of the Past
- Lorain, Ohio: A Collection of Historic Snapshots of One of Cleveland’s Neighbors
- Madison Public Library Collection
- Mansfield/Richland County Public Library Collection
- The Medina, Ohio Collection
- Neighbors on the North Coast: Cleveland's Connection to the Mentor Shoreline
- The Oberlin, Ohio Project
- The Parma, Ohio Collection
- Rocky River Ohio Photograph Collection
- The Sandusky Collection
- The Shaker Heights Collection
- South Euclid: City of Beauty and Contrast
- Yesterday's Lakewood
- The Youngstown-Warren Collection
- The Photograph Albums of Glenallen
A collection of 116 professional photographs by photographer Cifford Norton featuring Glenallen, the Cleveland Heights estate of Elisabeth Severance Allen Prentiss.
- Postcards of Cleveland
Digital representations of over half of the postcards in Dr. Walter C. Leedy's extensive collection, documenting many aspects of Cleveland history and life from as early as 1898.
- Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities
An ongoing documentary and oral history project which will ultimately offer audio and video recordings of oral histories and musical performances, as well as photographs, newspaper articles, anniversary programs and other printed materials, along with an extensive bibliography. A fascinating collection gathered from African American churches and faith communities throughout greater Cleveland.
- Cleveland, Ohio Along the Nickel Plate Road® During the 1920's
- Cleveland Union Terminal Collection
- Etchings of the Cleveland Union Terminal by Louis Conrad Rosenberg
- The Gerald E. Brookins Collection
- Models of the Terminal Tower
- The Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad: Cleveland's Iron Cross
- Roldo Bartimole - Point of View
Whether you consider him to be Cleveland's conscience or "Cleveland's curmudgeon", iconoclastic journalist, Roldo Bartimole, rocked Cleveland's political boat with his biweekly newsletter, Point of View from 1968 to 2000.
- Stereoscopic Images of Cleveland in 3D
Stereoscopic scenes taken from historic stereoview cards showing Cleveland and the wider Great Lakes industrial region.
- Streaming Media in Cleveland Memory
A list of all the streaming media, video and audio, available on the CMP website.
- TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN
Web exhibits featuring some of the local institutions whose charge it is to look after the health and well-being of various segments of the Greater Cleveland population.
- T.W. Grogan Company Collection
50 black and white photos of various buildings in and around the Greater Cleveland area from the late 1930s to the early 1950s that were managed by the T.W. Grogan Company.
- The Viktor Schreckengost Collection*
Correspondence, sketches, blueprints, and contracts from the archives of Cleveland artist, teacher and industrial designer, Viktor Schreckengost. *None of this collection is yet available online.
- The Women's Archive Collection
The Women's Archive Collection is dedicated to promoting access to digital and traditional archival resources in Cleveland that can aid in interpreting Cleveland women's history, and to creating an awareness of the role of women in the development of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
>> GREAT LAKES INDUSTRIAL HISTORY CENTER
A pathfinder to our image and online collections highlighting the history and development of the Great Lakes as a vital transportation network and an important component in the production and shipping of much of North America's industrial output.
>> JOURNALISM IN CLEVELAND
A pathfinder to web resources highlighting the photojournalists, journalists, columnists, and editorial cartoonists who contributed to Cleveland's rich tradition of news reporting.
>> MADE IN CLEVELAND
A pathfinder to our resources that explore the manufacturing sector in Cleveland and northeast Ohio including:
>> ON STAGE IN CLEVELAND
A pathfinder to our resources that explore the theater arts and the venues in which they were performed including:
>> RAILROAD HISTORY HOLDINGS
A pathfinder to our railroad history collections and digital resources, including: