Cleveland Memory Newsletter

v.2, no. 6
June, 2005

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


Web Resources at Cleveland Memory

small image of the Terminal Tower with banner saying 75th Anniversary arcoss the face

In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of the Terminal Tower complex, June 28th of this year, the Cleveland Memory Project presents a digitized 1928 film, shot by Spencer, White and Prentis, one of the contractors involved in the building of the Cleveland Union Terminal. Here are three short video segments, showing work on the foundations of the buildings on Public Square, a bridge on Walworth Run and the Eagle Avenue Viaduct, recently demolished.

icon of an old-fashioned movie camera on a tripod, with the date 1928 across the face


This is an opportune time to recognize and publicize University Archivist Bill Becker's careful, tireless work preparing a Street & Subject Guide to our Cleveland Union Terminal Collection images. With over 5,600 images on-line, the collection would be difficult to use without Bill's index, which organizes them by streets (shown as all-caps) and includes the names of businesses depicted in the photographs.



Cities Within A City: On Changing Cleveland's Government, advances now-retired Common Pleas Court Judge Burt W. Griffin's thesis that Cleveland is too big to be governed properly and should be broken up into a federation of some 21 semi-autonomous entities, much like suburban municipalities. This, he feels, would restore citizen influence over the delivery of basic services.

Originally published in 1981 by Cleveland State University's College of Urban Affairs, where Judge Griffin is now an Adjunct Professor, it is here being offered as an e-book (pdf format), in the expectation that his arguments are still quite relevant to Cleveland's current situation.

the cover of the book, Cities Within A City, showing a neighborhood aerial shot against a black background



News from CSU Special Collections

The home page of the Cleveland Memory Project has been completely rennovated, both to jazz things up and to permit us easier updating with featured sites. Please let us know what you think of our new look. Over 2,500 people a day visit Cleveland Memory and we want it to be a pleasant experience.

The Cleveland State University Archives is now installed in its new quarters, across the third floor of the Library from its former abode in Special Collections, and a big alumni reception there this weekend will formally dedicate the room. The former Archives space will now be filled with Special Collections materials, currently scattered in closets and basement storage throughout the Library.

Special Collections continues to benefit from the talents of volunteers and student interns who hare helping to build Cleveland Memory. At the end of May we say:

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