Friday, January 8, 2010

The Cleveland Memory Project

Erieview Tower construction, 1964

The City of Cleveland has been around for a long time and has an interesting history. One of the best sources for photographs, e-books, and all kinds of historical "goodies" is The Cleveland Memory Project. Cleveland Memory is a collaborative effort of the Special Collections Dept., Digital Processing Unit, Technical Services Dept. & Systems Division at the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.

It is probably the most comprehensive on-line source of historical photographs for Cleveland. Not only is it filled with photos of some of the city’s architecture and landmarks, but you can also find interesting information on famous/infamous Cleveland area people such as Elliot Ness (after his “Untouchable” days), and Dr. Sam Sheppard (from the very famous murder case upon which the TV show and movie “The Fugitive” was rumored to be based.)

Millionaire’s Row, circa 1912

My personal favorite section is the Cleveland Press Collection, which, according to the Cleveland Memory Project, contains “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.” (“The Press” was a daily afternoon newspaper, published from 1878 until 1982.)

Stop by The Cleveland Memory Project and you may be surprised at how easy – and how interesting – it can be to relive Cleveland’s past.

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1 comment:

Bill Barrow said...

Thanks for the nice plug! I should add that Cleveland Memory isn't just about the holdings and efforts of CSU people, but is also a collaborative endeavor of many local historical societies, public libraries and government agencies who have mounted their own local history materials. You'll find stuff from Lakewood Historical Society, the City of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library's South Euclid/Lyndhurst branch, the Berea Children's Home and the County Engineer's Office in Cleveland Memory. So while CSU started and maintains Cleveland Memory, it's really a good example of regionalism.