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Cleveland Memory is an engaging look at Cleveland History.

Here serious researchers and casual browsers will find thousands of historical photographs, as well as a growing collection of eBooks documenting the history of greater Cleveland and the Western Reserve region of northeastern Ohio, its industries and its people.

Rounding out this landscape of Cleveland's past is an expanding selection of vintage video and sound recordings. And all of this is delivered to you in a searchable, database that is constantly updated.

Explore Cleveland history through images and words.

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Cleveland Memory is a vast photo archive.

Cleveland Memory’s major attraction is images. Our collected holdings include the Cleveland Press Collection, a newspaper archive of 500,000 photographs, spanning decades of local history and events, and the Cleveland Union Terminal Collection, including hundreds of photographs chronicling the construction of the Terminal Tower project in the 1920s. You'll find images of:

Use the Search for Images box at the top of the page or wander through our Web Exhibits for an engaged learning experience.

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Cleveland Memory is a virtual reading room.

Visitors will also find plenty here to read:

  • Interested in political history? The autobiographies of former Cleveland mayors, Carl Stokes and Tom L. Johnson make for fascinating reading.
  • Our extensive journalism holdings are complemented by two books by two remarkable local newspapermen: Cleveland Press editor Louis Seltzer and Plain Dealer executive editor Philip Porter.
  • Want to learn more about the immigrant experience? Enjoy lively accounts about Cleveland's Arab, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, and Polish American communities.
  • Examine issues of racism from two different centuries, in John Stark Bellamy’s gruesome e-book on hangings in Cuyahoga County, and an account of the Hough Riots written only two years after the riots.

See the complete list of ebooks available online at Cleveland Memory.

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Cleveland Memory is a showcase for our collections.

The images and text used on this site are taken mostly from historical materials held in the Special Collections of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University. Our collections cover many topics within the field of Cleveland history, with special concentrations on the industrial history of Northeast Ohio, Cleveland journalism, and the infrastructure of the city. Major collections include:

Other images, such as Professor Walter Leedy’s magnificent postcard collection, have been generously lent to us for digitization.

We are committed to preserving and sharing this wealth of information and material, and Cleveland Memory is our showcase.

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Cleveland Memory is a collaborative effort.

Hard work by the Library's Digital Production Unit, Instructional Media Services, Systems Division and Technical Services Department account for a majority of what you see in Cleveland Memory.

Practicum students, interns, and high school students on senior project contribute valuable time and creativity to CMP's thematic Web Exhibits.

We have benefitted from partnerships with Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, Westlake Porter Library, and Hathaway Brown School, who use remote workstations to add records of photos from their own collections into our database.

However, our most valuable collaborators are our donors.

If you have photographs or other historical items which you think might be of interest, and which you'd be willing to either donate or lend to the Library for digitizing, then we'd love to hear from you.

Can you help us?

Favorite Images for April 2015:

The Cleveland Arcade first opens its doors May 30, 1890.
Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio - postcard
Interior view of The Arcade, 1946
Interior of The Arcade, 401 Euclid Ave., 1965
TOld Arcade, interior view of glass ceiling and gargoyle girders, 1987
National Convention of Republican Clubs at Cleveland Arcade, 1895

Features, News & Updates:

James A. Garfield at age 16

From out of the CMP Time Machine...

*Our thanks to The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and the Plain Dealer (via NewsBank), sources for much of the content in our time machine.