New Resources at Cleveland Memory
News from CSU Special Collections
This semester we've had two practicum students from the School of Library and Information Science, at the Kent State University: Amy Aiello (Thomas) and Achala Wali. Amy has been performing research on local foundations and corporations, as we seek support for Special Collections and the Cleveland Memory Project, while Achala is digitizing an oral history tape and transcript for the Ethnic Women of Cleveland web site, soon to be announced. This has been an unusual semester, in that both Amy and Achala have held down full-time 9 to 5 jobs during the semester and special arrangements were necessary for them to be able to get their required hours in. But it's a tribute to their motivation and their preparation at Kent's SLIS that things went swimmingly and we thank them sincerely for being part of our family here in Special Collections.
CSU Library Director Glenda Thornton and Special Collections Librarian Bill Barrow have been (and will be) traveling to describe our resources in CSU and the Cleveland Memory Project. Glenda spoke at recent OhioNet Digital Projects Symposia in Cleveland and Athens, Ohio, and Bill has addressed the Cuyahoga County Council of Genealogical Organizations, on "Using Newspapers to Research Family History," and will present at the upcoming Ohio Historical Society's "Building Connections" conference, November 5th, in Columbus. If your organization would like to hear more about Cleveland Memory, we are usually available to speak.
News from Around the Region
The broad-based consortium of local librarians and historians, studying how to improve the community's access to local history resources, continues to meet. In October the group divided into committees, to discuss what information should be provided and how best to accomplish it. The Content Committee, under the chair of CPL's Ron Burdick, is performing a preliminary inventory of resources already available on the web and mounting the results of that survey to the Cleveland Digital Library (more tips always welcomed). The Technical Committee, led by CWRU's Linda Cantara, is evaluating various means of managing all this information. For more information, contact Bill Barrow.
With the demolition of the LTV West Mill, plans are being proposed for what is to replace it on this tract of prime industrial real estate. Some controversy has irrupted over a proposal to develop the land into a giant retail mall of big-box stores, called "Steelyard Commons" perhaps including a new incarnation of the peripatetic industrial museum that the Western Reserve Historical Society originally had targeted for the lakefront. Some see this as greatly-needed retail capacity and additional sales taxes for financially-strapped Cleveland, while others believe that it squanders valuable industrially-zoned land and may interfere with the evolving Towpath Trail planning.
The Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is celebrating their 90th anniversary this year and have begun the process of identifying and commemorating the region's civil engineering achievements. At their annual G. Brooks Earnest Award Dinner on October 28th, they recognized nine such achievements: 1) The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, 2) the Detroit-Superior (Veteran's Memorial) Bridge, 3) the Terminal Tower Complex & Shaker Rapid Lines, 4) the Ohio & Erie Canal, 5) Cleveland's Inner Harbor, 6) the Ohio Turnpike, 7) the NEORSD Sewer collection & Treatment Plant System, 8) the Cleveland Water Intake & Treatment Plant System, 9) the Original Survey for the Village of Cleveland.
People on the Move
In September we reported that Chris Dawson and Ben Blake were co-administering a $250,000 NEH grant for the Western Reserve Historical Society. Unfortunately, both were laid off from the Society in the latest round of belt tightening in October, along with 10 other Society employees. Both CWRU and CSU have experienced similar reductions in force this year, necessitated by the state's continuing economic woes, but loosing both Ben and Chris was particularly sad news to us, as they are graduates of the masters degree program in history at CSU and Chris also interned in the Press Collection, in 1994. Good luck to them!
On a more cheerful note, WRHS welcomed Bryan Craig to their staff, as an Assistant Cataloger and Metadata Specialist. Bryan was hired in September, when Steve Doell came on-board, and both are already participating in the local history collaboration, reported above.
Did You Know?
Cleveland Public Library's wonderful searchable database containing tens of thousands of death notices, obituaries and cemetery records for the general period 1850 to 1975. Recently a microfilm product, the CNF is now available on-line for free use by genealogists, historians, students and the general public.
Borsvold, David. Brecksville. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. 2004.
Morton, Marian J. Cleveland's Lakeview Cemetery. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. 2004.
Rubinstein, Judah and Jane Avner. Merging Traditions: Jewish Life in Cleveland (new revision). Kent: Kent State University Press. 2004.
Sheldon, Linn. Barnaby and Me. Gray & Company, Publishers Cleveland: 2004.
Taxel, Laura. Cleveland Ethnic Eats. Gray & Company, Publishers Cleveland: 2004.
This Month in History
1806 - Moses Cleaveland, founder of our city, dies at age 52 (11/16). [Incidentally, the 250th anniversary of his birth was January 29, 2004.]
1866 - Celebration dinner for the opening of the new Union Depot, on the lakefront. (11/10). This was replaced by the Cleveland Union Terminal, on Public Square, in 1930.
1895 -Cedar-Jennings streetcar falls from the Central Viaduct into the river, killing 17 people. (11/16). John Stark Bellamy II wrote about it in his book They Died Crawling, and Other Tales of Cleveland Woe.
1922 - Edward Albee opens his magnificent new Palace Theater vaudeville house on Playhouse Square, in honor of his business partner, B. F. Keith.(11/6)
1967 - Carl B. Stokes wins election as the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city (11/8). [His autobiography, Promises of Power, and his 1972 City Club speech are available in Cleveland Memory.]
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(from the Cleveland Press Collection)
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