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Library Resources

CAC Resources:

Jerome Library:

Jerome Library holds books, federal and state government documents, and microfilm newspapers of national scope and those which fall outside the northwest Ohio region.


First Steps

  • Select an event or topic in Ohio History
  • Do background reading in your textbook and in the general library collection
  • Locate resources to support your research
  • Determine if there are sufficient primary sources to support your research
  • Be flexible!


In addition to the Manuscript Collections collections, Local Goverment Records, newspapers, BG News Index, and online catalog, check the following:


  • Manumission records


  • Grange records
  • Letters/Diaries

Civil War

  • Civil War Collections (many are transcribed online)
  • Letters/Diaries
  • Soldiers' Relief Records, Militia Rolls (Local Government Records)
  • G.A.R. records (veterans' organization)


Ethnic Groups

Gas and Oil Boom

  • Diaries/Letters
  • Oral history

The Great Depression

  • Letters/Diaries
  • Police blotters
  • County infirmary records (social statistics)

Great Lakes

Higher Education


Kent State University Shootings (May 4, 1970)


Native Americans

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Draper Manuscript Collection
  • Federal government records


  • Political Collections
  • Papers of Congressmen and other elected officials
  • Newspapers -- look for party affiliation or special interest group
  • Election records (Local Government Records)


  • Anti-Saloon League
  • Arrest Registers (Local Government Records)
  • Women's organizations



Social Development


  • Background in Archival Chronicle: August 1991
  • Anti-Saloon League
  • Woman's Christian Temperance Union

Vietnamese Conflict


Women's Suffrage

World War I & II

Consider homefront activities, POWs, effect on BGSU, etc.

Subject Guide

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Other places to look:

Hometown Library:

Your hometown library will probably have newspapers on microfilm or in original form from your hometown and the surrounding area. It may also have a local history collection which may include primary source material. If you wish to use these resources, be sure to check with your instructor first.


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