Cleveland Memory Newsletter

v.1, no. 4
November, 2004

  • New Resources at Cleveland Memory
  • News from CSU Special Collections
  • News from Around the Region
  • People on the Move
  • Did You Know?
  • Recent Books
  • This Month in History
  • November Calendar

New Resources at Cleveland Memory

graphical icon of the Postcards of Cleveland web site   Postcards of Cleveland is an on-going project to digitize the 8,000 postcards of greater Cleveland owned by local collector Walter Leedy. Dr. Leedy is a Professor of Art, at the Cleveland State University, and has been collecting postcards since 1989, partially for their depiction of the region's vanished landscapes and interiors. more...  


Tony Mastroianni Review Collections consists of some 600 reviews penned by Cleveland Press columnist Tony Mastroianni. The collection includes theater and film reviews, celebrity interviews and general commentary on the local entertainment industry, all digitized by his son, Douglas, for Cleveland Memory.

  graphical icon of the Tony Mastroianni Review Collection web site

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?

The Cleveland Necrology File

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.

Recent Books

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.]

November Calendar

Wednesday, November 3rd, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Eric Hirsimaki, Director of Operations for the Port of Cleveland and an author on railroad and industrial history, will speak on "Ore Handling Operations in Lake Erie Ports," to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology, at Dino's Restaurant, Rt. 306 & I-90, in Mentor. This is a dinner meeting and $15 paid reservations are required by Saturday, October 30th. Contact Nancy Hachtel.

Friday, November 5th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The 18th Annual Western Reserve Studies Symposium still has a few seats left for this year's program "Land Use and Prosperity in the Western Reserve: A Call to Action." Registration required: email or call Gladys Haddad at (216) 368-4117.

Friday, November 5th, 6:00 p.m.
"Meet the Maritime Authors". A benefit dinner for the Great Lakes Historical Society of Vermilion and the Steamship William G. Mather Museum of Cleveland will be held at the Coast Guard Club of Cleveland. See website for list of authors and works, as well as reservation information. Reservations are required by October 29. Fee: $20 for Museum Members and $25 for General Public. [Note: one of the scheduled authors, David G. Brown of Port Clinton, Ohio, has written White Hurricane - A Great Lakes November Gale and America's Deadliest Maritime Disaster, which includes an interesting chapter about the effects of the blizzard of 1913 on Cleveland.]

Saturday, November 6th, 7:30 p.m.
"Treasures: A Tour of Special Collections at the Cleveland Public Library". Proceeds from this special event will support the library's Special Collections and Children' programs. Call the Friends of the library at (216) 623-2821 or check their website for more information and reservations. $100 donation required.

Sunday, November 7th, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Jewish Library's Regional Conference on American Jewish History, The Temple - Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood, OH. $60/50. Registration form on website.

Saturday, November 13th, 8:00 a.m.
The Moreland Hills Historical Society is having a "Garfield Heritage Hike," from Shaker Lakes to the Lakeview Cemetery, where a wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled. Make reservations by calling (216) 421-2697.

Saturday, November 13th, 2:00 p.m.
Manager's Tour of the historic Telling Mansion, home of the South Euclid - Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Registration required: call (216) 382-4880.

Monday, November 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Wesley Gaab will speak on the "History of Independence," at the Independence Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Saturday/Sunday, November 27/28th.
109th Annual Dunham Tavern Museum Antiques Show. "Eighty-five dealers, many new to Cleveland, offer a diverse selection of quality antiques. With an emphasis on furniture, cabinetry and accessories that are reasonably priced, the DTM Antiques Show has become one of the longest running shows in the country."

All month
The Western Reserve Historical Society has a full calendar of events in November.


Sunday, December 5th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Steve Gordon, Survey/National Register Manager at the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Historic Preservation Office, will discuss the process of obtaining landmark status for historic properties. This is the annual meeting of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology and will be held in Special Collections, at the Cleveland State University Library. For more information and to join the NOCSIA, contact Nancy Hachtel.




-- Ghoulardi & friend

(from the Cleveland Press Collection)

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