My web searches for
materials on Cleveland Jewish History
often lead to websites
on other facets of Cleveland history. Here are
links to some of those sites. Your
suggestions for local history links are welcome.
(Last updated September 1, 2015) In alpha sequence.
Cleveland Digital Library at
Cleveland State University
Thanks to Bill Barrow and the CSU Library here you
will find perhaps the best link lists available on
Cleveland-area history. There are three
collections of links, all of them long, diverse and
most of them annotated:
history materials, by subject
● local history links
(includes this website)
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
A cyber-museum for one of Cleveland's first "inner-ring" suburbs. Though
the society has
no physical home, its attractive, deep and rich website offers
images and history by many authors. Their pages show a concern for the
city now and in the future. Its
is a must-see. The site now includes the archives of
Coventry Neighbors, Inc. Kudos to Chris Roy and Lisa McCampbell, both
volunteers, for their
The CSU website went
online in May 2011. It is a collection of web stories that
should appeal to a broad viewing public. It says it is a mobile application:
use your smart phone to find nearby sites
of historical interest. But it is also great for home use
on a large screen. Its pages balance rare and well-captioned images
with lively, well-written text, plus audio and video. Easily navigated.
Complements CSU's other history
sites which help to share huge collections of digital resources.
Cleveland Memory Project
A showcase for the Special Collections of the Cleveland State University
Library. Nearly 25,000 objects and growing. Can be browsed or searched. Rich
collections of ethnic materials. Includes the story of the
Hebrew Cultural Garden. Same search engine as Ohio's Heritage Northeast,
but accesses fewer collections. Its
Beachwood by Jeffrey Morris and early histories of the city. Now
This Tempting Freedom
by Allan Peskin, the only professionally researched history of Cleveland's first Jews.
Has the most complete
list of Cleveland history resources on the web.
Cleveland Public Library
Back when Cleveland was our nation's fifth largest city, we had one of its finest city libraries. CPL has somehow managed to remain a
Specially useful are its online
tools, an astounding
collection (well worth a real visit to the Stokes Building downtown) and a huge searchable
collection. Also helpful is their
checklist for property research. New (as of 11/2010) is a searchable
archive of the Plain Dealer, back to 1845 on their
Research Databases page. Their online City Directories are useful. The
1906-07 issue may be specially useful as it has the old and new
A non-profit site dedicated to providing images and information about
high-rise architecture in Cleveland and northeast Ohio, created and
maintained since 1998 by graphic designer Shawn Hoefler.
His inspiration came from
a lack of available online information. This site aims to raise awareness of
the outstanding architecture in Cleveland and promote architecture and
design resources in our area.
Electronic Oberlin Group
Starting in 1996, this voluntary group built a site about
Oberlin Ohio and its history, developing materials that could be used in
teaching history in the public schools. Many of the site's topics were
developed by Oberlin College students. Though the EOG ended in 2003, new
materials can still be submitted to the website.
- Cross Town, Time and
To travel west the eight miles on Lorain Avenue, from Ohio City and the West
Side Market, to near the airport, is to travel part of Cleveland's history. This beautiful site
has virtual tours of seven neighborhoods, from the
West Side Market district to
Kamm's Corners at the border of Lakewood. Includes a list of businesses, posted by the
Ohio's Heritage Northeast
Hosted by Cleveland State University's
this website brings
together digital collections - images, sound recordings,
videos and texts - from colleges, universities and public libraries
to help chronicle Northeast
Ohio's past. Includes many Cleveland collections such as the
Public Library and Cleveland Press. Image search tools
are strong, but browsing or moving ahead image-by-image
is not possible.
The Ohio Historical Society's
website says "Discover 26,000 primary sources from 330
archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that
document Ohio's past from prehistory through the present.
Excellent search and navigation tools, plus
Shaker Historical Society
Formed in 1947, the Shaker Historical
Society and Museum is at 16740 South Park Boulevard, east of Lee Road, in
Shaker Heights. Under new leadership since 2010, the Society and its website
have become much better, livelier places to visit.
Ukrainian Museum-Archives (founded 1952)
Located in Cleveland's Tremont area, with a mission "To Preserve and
Share Ukrainian Culture and the Immigrant Experience", this crisp,
attractive, easily navigated website is a pleasure to visit.
You'll see more in their online exhibits than you will in the websites of
Cleveland's oldest and best-endowed museums.
Western Reserve Historical Society
We quote from the WRHS website
"The Library of the Western Reserve
Historical Society is the largest American history
research center in northern Ohio. Its holdings
consist of 238,000 books; 25,000 volumes of
newspapers; 30,500 rolls of microfilm, 4,000,000
prints and photographs; and more than 3,700
collections of manuscripts and archives that
comprise more than twenty million items."
will require time in their library, where a helpful
staff is available. Includes the