Toledo's Attic is linked to several digital archives, library catalogs, and databases to support local history research. While traditional archives maintain rare book and manuscript collections, the growing volume of digital content provide access to historical collections of documents, photographs, and recordings. Although archival materials will never be completely digital, the wealth of information in the traditional media is well worth a visit (or many more) to the local libraries and archives.

Archives & Libraries

Links to Toledo-area libraries, archives, and their digital collections.

Books on Local History

The Canaday Center collections feature many books on local history. Additionally, you may visit the Toledo's Attic Shelfari site for more information and start a discussion with other avid readers.

Digital Archives & Libraries

Local history scholars and Toledo high school students preparing for History Day with a website presentation now have a new resource at their fingertips. This page brings together digital collections from archives and libraries throughout the U. S. Students can focus on any state or region, find images and historical information, and use them for their projects.

Genealogy Resources

Over the past few decades, genealogical research has been revolutionized with the help of electronic databases, DNA analysis, and improved access to historical documents at libraries and archives. The growing number of Web resources and available volunteers have also made a considerable difference to those who could not find information using conventional research methods. This Genealogical resource page was developed with assistance from the Local History  and Genealogy Department at the Toledo-Lucas Public Library, and was subsequently expanded to include other resources. We hope to assist visitors in their search for ancestors, long-lost relatives, and related information.

Historical Newspapers

A collection of links to digitized local, regional, and national newspapers.

Images in Time

A digital collection of historical photographs depicting the Toledo, Lucas County, Northwest Ohio, and Southeast Michigan areas.  The collection is maintained by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Northwest Ohio History

Northwest Ohio History (formerly the Northwest Ohio Quarterly) is a regional journal of history and culture published by the Maumee Valley Historical Society. Published continuously since 1929, the journal features scholarly essays, book reviews, and edited primary documents relating to the Maumee Valley, Northwest Ohio, the Western Basin of Lake Erie, and surrounding regions.

Old West End Images

This collection of historical photographs depicts the Old West End neighborhood, and is managed by the Old West End Association.

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive - Toledo

A small collection of 19 historical photographs of Toledo maintained by Shorpy, a vintage photograph blog featuring images from the last 100 years.

The Toledo Gazette

A local history blog established by Lou Hebert.

Toledo Topics: Issues from November 1925 through 1926

The magazine was popular during Toledo's boom in the 1920s.  It covers cultural and popular topics, advertisements, and features a creative cover for each issue.  The magazine had been converted into digital form by issue.

U. S. History Primary Sources

These are resources selected specifically for National History Day contestants.  The documents, photographs, and recordings are digital versions of original records preserved in archives, libraries, and museums. 

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