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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!

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.

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.


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)


  • Education Collections
  • Letters/Diaries
  • School registers
  • Teacher certification records

Ethnic Groups

  • Multicultural Collections
  • Church records
  • Naturalization records

Gas and Oil Boom

  • Diaries/Letters
  • Oral history

The Great Depression

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

Great Lakes

  • Historical Collections of the Great Lakes--Manuscript Collections

Higher Education

  • BGSU Archives
  • BG News Index
  • Student Affairs organization records
  • National Student Affairs Archives
  • Student diaries
  • Letters


  • Business Manuscript Collections
  • Labor Manuscript Collections

Kent State University Shootings (May 4, 1970)

  • BGSU Archives (President Jerome's papers)
  • Political Collections
  • Ohio Memory --Search for Kent State Shootings


  • Labor Collections
  • Union records
  • Labor organizers
  • Letters/Diaries

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


  • Church Collections
  • Papers of Clergy


  • State and local government records
  • Transportation Collections

Social Development

  • Women's organizations
  • Letters/Diaries


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

Vietnamese Conflict


  • Women's Studies Collections
  • Letters/Diaries
  • Club records

Women's Suffrage

  • Women's Studies Collections
  • Letters/Diaries

World War I & II

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

  • U.S. in Wartime
  • Letters/Diaries


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Michelle Sweetser
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Subjects: History, Local