The Parma, Ohio Collection
The area 7 miles southwest of Cleveland now known as Parma, Ohio (see Google map), was first settled in 1816 by Benajah Fay, his wife Ruth, and their children, who came from New York state. Parma was once part of Parma Township along with Parma Heights, but Parma Heights separated from the township in 1911. Parma was then incorporated as a village in 1924 and later as a city in 1931. See a Brief Timeline of Parma History.
Parma is the home of Cuyahoga Community College West campus, Parma Community General Hospital, German Central Farm, and Parmatown Mall. It was once the home of a Nike missile site and Crile General Hospital, which was a hospital for soldiers and military veterans from 1943-1964. Parma's school district is shared with Parma Heights, and Seven Hills. The area's rich ethnic heritage is derived from the largest segments of its population, the Germans, Poles, Italians, Slovaks, and Irish, who have chosen to make Parma their home over the years.
About the Images
The majority of photos included in the Parma, Ohio Collection come from the Cleveland Press Collection in the Michael Schwartz Library's Special Collections at Cleveland State University. They depict landmarks and events in the city and a few photos offer glimpses of neighboring towns, Parma Heights and Seven Hills. Landmarks include such prominent buildings as the Crile General Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College West campus, and Parmatown Mall.
For Further Reading & Study:
Parma Mayor James Day with Chamber of Commerce & Jaycee members paint road sign post for "Clean-up Week."
- The History of Parma: A Township, a Village, a City by Ernest R. Kubasek
- The Heritage of Parma Heights by James Turner
- Parma Day: An Intimate Look at the History of Parma, Ohio and the Life of its Former Mayor by James W. Day
- The Best Kept Secrets of Parma, "The Garden City": A study of Parma's Streets and the Ridgewood Community by Robert Horley
- Proud to be Parma: Celebrating 175 Years: The Recent Past in Review and Design for the Future compiled by Dorothy Maryanski
- York Street Cemetery, Parma Ohio: Its History and Its People by Charles K. Jennings Jr.
- Parma by Diana J. Eid
- Parma History
- Area History & Early Parma Settlers - from the Stearns Homestead website
- History of the Fay Family
- Parma - from the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
- Parma & Ancestry
- Other Related Links
- Parma History
This website is the practicum project of Kent State University School of Library and Information Science student, Michael Ross.