Since 1995, Toledo's Attic has been Toledo's and Northwest Ohio's virtual museum with a focus on the region's commercial, industrial, and social history from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries. Visitors will find historical essays, research articles (in Northwest Ohio History) photo galleries, interactive media, video, virtual exhibitions, and other resources needed for school, private, and scholarly research. Educators will find these collections valuable for teaching history and preparing students for History Day and other events. The collections will also support other innovative projects that use emerging technologies. These collections as well as RSS feeds and social media will help researchers connect and discover relevant digital and traditional resources at the participating archives, libraries, and museums in Northwest Ohio. Toledo's Attic continues to promote collaboration among interested scholars, students, and citizens, and invites contributions of historical essays and photographs.

First-time visitors, start here!

Toledo's Attic is a co-operative project of the Ward M. Canaday Center of the University of Toledo, the UT Department of History, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Maumee Valley Historical Society, and WGTE Public Media. We also thank Tedd Long for his generous support and the many volunteers who have contributed to the project throughout the past 17 years.

Reviewed by the National History Education Clearinghouse.

New on Toledo's Attic

Recorded Lectures and Presentations (WGTE/KnowledgeStream)

Ohio Historical Markers

Toledo's Attic Local History Group- a new Facebook Group for Toledo/Maumee Valley/NW Ohio history

See what our partnering organizations are doing...

New at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections

PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015.  April 18 - December 16, 2019.  [View Facebook Post]

New at Maumee Valley Historical Society

Special Events

New at Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Calendar of Events (for History and Genealogy-related events, click on Event Type and check the box for "History/Travel/Genealogy")

New on WGTE Public Media

Toledo Stories

Toledo's Attic aims to improve visitor experience by taking an inclusive approach to developing and displaying content on these pages.  We take accessibility to heart and accommodate visitors of all ages, abilities, experiences with historical materials, and access to all devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, and handheld alike). 

This site has been developed on the Joomla 2.5 platform: Joomla! Accessibility Statement

Even so, the multitude of mobile technology standards may present some challenge in developing exhibits that favor one standard or device over others.  This guide presents information for visitors experiencing problems with accessing specific contents.  This page offers some viewing recommendations and works-around, but not technical advice.

Viewing Recommendations

Browsers: The site has been developed using Firefox, but can be viewed with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera, although there are differences in their support for medeia formats.  We welcome reports of successful or problematic viewing with other browsers.  We also recommend that you update your browsers periodically to benefit from bug fixes and new features released with those products.

Pop-ups: Browser should be set to accept pop-ups from this site.

Display: Your Screen resolution should allow at least 1024 pixels for width. You can further zoom in by holding CTRL and hitting + on your keyboard.  Use CTRL and - to zoom out.

Known issues

Some browsers may need the Flash and Quicktime plugins to view legacy media--that is, media previously developed for Toledo's Attic and integrated into this site -- and some of the newer Flash-based exhibits, presentations, and other interactive media.  This site can be fully accessed with standard desktop and laptop, and mobile devices with the required plugins.

Media types used on this site (thus far):

  • SWF (Shockwave Flash) - this will not play on iPads, iPods, and iPhones, all other devices will require a Shockwave Flash plugin (Download Free)
  • Quicktime -  this will not play on iPads, iPods, and iPhones, all other devices will require a Shockwave Flash plugin (Download Free)

 We will greatly benefit from receiving input from visitors reporting issues (and applicable solutions) to the toledosattic dot org at gmail dot org email address. 

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns, questions, and solutions. 










Toledo's Attic and all contents herein are to be used for educational and scholarly purposes. U.S. and international copyright laws protect digital contents in this collection. Commercial use or distribution of the image is not permitted without prior permission of the copyright holder. Toledo's Attic by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at