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From politics to architecture to history to art, here are some suggestions for books about Northwest Ohio, written by local authors. Please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of local history.  Click on the title to access the library record and explore other works on the top by clicking on the subject links in the record.  Most selections will be available for on-site use only at the University of Toledo Library's Ward M. Canaday Center or the Toledo Public Library Main Branch (Local History department).  Some UT dissertations and theses are stored offsite, and will require a 48-hour advanced notice.

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 Area History  --   Architecture  --   Automobile History  --   Ethnic & Social History  --   Glass Industry  --   Labor History  --   Pictorial Histories  --  Other histories

Area History

Bowling Green, by Frederick N. Honneffer. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

A Boy's Journey Through the Great Depression, by Jack K. Paquette. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris.  2005.

Fostoria, Ohio (2 volumes), by Paul H. Krupp. Arcadia. Chicago. 2002. (Images of America series)

Historic Old West End Toledo, Ohio, by Stine, Lawrence. Bookmasters, 2005. Available for purchase online at

Maumee, Ohio, by Marilyn Wendler. Arcadia. Chicago. 2000. (Images of America series)

Port Clinton, the Peninsula, and the Bass Islands, by Sally Sue Witten. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2000.

Sylvania, Ohio, by Gaye E. Gindy and Trini Wenninger. Arcadia. Chicago. 2000. (Images of America series)

Toledo: The 19th Century, by Barbara Floyd*, Chicago: Arcadia, 2004. (Images of America series)

Toledo: The 20th Century, by Barbara Floyd*, Chicago: Arcadia, 2004. (Images of America series)

*Barbara Floyd is the University Archivist and Director of the Ward M. Canaday Center at the University of Toledo's Carlson Library.

Toledo: Gateway to the Great Lakes, by Morgan Barclay and Charles N. Glaab; photography by Hazen and Sue Keyser. Tulsa, OK : Continental Heritage Press, c1982.

Toledo Profile: A Sesquicentennial History, by Tana Mosier Porter. Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission. 1987.

This text was written in conjunction with the 1987 sesquicentennial of the founding of Toledo.

Toledo Railroads, by Kirk F. Hise and Edward J. Pulhuj, Arcadia Publishing, 2005.

Toledo Trolleys, by Kirk F. Hise and Edward J. Pulhuj, Arcadia Publishing, 2006.   

The Toledo War : the First Michigan-Ohio Rivalry, by Don Faber. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008.

Toledo's Three Ls: Lamson's, The Lion Store & Lasalle's, by Bruce Allen Kopytek

Wayne's Trace: Fort Deposit to Fort Industry, by Charles M. Jacobs. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003. 



Look Again: Landmark Architecture in Downtown Toledo and Old West End. Eric Johannesen and Allen L. Dickes. Ober Park Associates. Pittsburgh. 1973.

Perrysburg: A Historical Architecture, by C. Robert Boyd, Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

Then and Now: Cottages and Castles of Maumee, by Marilyn Van Voorhis Wendler. Arcadia. Chicago. 2002.

Toledo: A History in Architecture 1835-1890, by William Speck. Arcadia. Chicago. 2001-2003. (Images of America series)

Toledo: A History In Architecture:1890-1917, Chicago: Arcadia, c2002. (Images of America series)

Toledo: A History in Architecture, 1914 to Century's End, Chicago: Arcadia, 2003. (Images of America series)


Automobile Industry

Bricks and bombs as arbitrators : the Electric Auto-Lite Strike of 1934, by Amy E. Collins. Delaware, Ohio : Ohio Wesleyan University, 2005.  Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Labor R331.8922 Col. 

I Remember Like Today : The Auto-Lite Strike of 1934, by Philip A. Korth and Margaret R. Beegle. East Lansing, Mich. : Michigan State University Press, 1988

Jeep Goes to War, by William Fowler.  Philadelphia, Pa. : Courage Books, c1993

Oral Histories of the Auto-Lite Strike of 1934, done by Philip Korth, Margaret Beegle, Claude Kazanski. [Mich.] : Michigan State University, 19--?.  Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Labor qR331.8928 Ora (3 volumes) 


Ethnic and Social History

Banksters, Bosses, and Smart Money: A Social History of the Great Toledo Bank Crash of 1931, by Timothy Messer-Kruse, Ohio State University Press, 2004

Timothy Messer-Kruse is a former professor at the University of Toledo and now at Bowling Green State University who specializes in labor history.

Black Toledo : Afro-Americans in Toledo, Ohio, 1890-1930, by LeRoy Williams, LeRoy T., 1944. Dissertation (Ph.D.)--University of Toledo , 1977.

Hungarian American Toledo: Life and Times in Toledo's Birmingham Neighborhood, edited by Thomas E. Barden and John Ahern, University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center Press, 2002

Thomas E. Barden is Professor of English and John Ahern is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Toledo.

The Irish in Toledo: History and Memory, by Seamus Metress and Molly Schiever, UT-UAC Press, Toledo, Ohio, 2005.

The Jews of Toledo, 1845-1895, by Elaine Anderson, Elaine S. Dissertation (Ph.D.) --University of Toledo , 1974.

Planting the Cedar Tree: The History of the Early Syrian-Lebanese Community in Toledo, OH, 1881-1960, by Hanady M. Awada.  Thesis (M.A.)--University of Toledo, 2009.

Toledo's Polonia, by Richard Philiposky and the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2009.


Glass Industry

Blowpipes: Northwest Ohio Glassmaking in the Gas Boom of the 1880's, by Jack Paquette. Xlibris. 2005.

Bottle Makers and Their Marks, by Julian Harrison Toulouse. Caldwell, N.J. : Blackburn Press, [between 2001 and 2004]

Glass in Northwest Ohio, by   Quentin R. Skrabec. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2007.

The Glassmakers : A History of Owens-Illinois Incorporated, by Jack K. Paquette. Toledo, Ohio : Trumpeting Angel Press, 1994.

The Glassmakers, Revisited, by Jack K. Paquette. Bloomington, IN. Xlibris, 2010.  Coca-cola Bottle Man's Blog

A History of Owens-Illinois Incorporated, by Jack K. Paquette. Toledo, Ohio : s.n., 1985.

Libbey Glass, a Tradition of 150 years, 1818-1968, by Keefe, John Webster. [Toledo, OH] : Toledo Museum of Art, 1968.

Libbey Glass Since 1818 : Pictorial History & Collector's Guide, by Fauster, Carl U.  Toledo, Ohio : Len Beach Press, c1979


Labor History

Heroes of Unwritten Story : the UAW, 1934-39, by Henry Kraus ; foreword by Nelson Lichtenstein.  Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1993

Richard T. Gosser and Comprehensive Unionism in Postwar Toledo, Ohio,by Timothy G. Borden.  University of Toledo, College of Arts and Sciences, Thesis (M. A.), 1994.

United Automobile Workers - Toledo, Ohio : A Chapter in the History of Labor Strife and Development, by Sam Webne. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Toledo, 1949.


Pictorial Histories

Historic Photos of Toledo. by Gregory M. Miller. Turner Publishing, Nashville, TN. 2007.

Men of Toledo : Those Whom you Meet in the Business and Professional Walks of the Commercial Key to the Lakes, by Cochran, Robert Henry, 1836-1896. [Toledo : n. p.], 1895

Men of Toledo (And Their Neighbors): Presented in Cartoon With a Historical Preface from "Official" Data, by R.M. Brinkerhoff. Toledo, OH. Undated.  The first section of the book, a timeline of Toledo history through political cartoons.

The Streets of Toledo : A Pictorial History, 1920s-1970s, by Bob Clark et al. Toledo, Ohio : Bihl House Pub., 2008.

Toledo: Our Life, Our Times, Our Town (3 volumes) by Block, John Robinson; Joseph H. Zerbey, IV; Kelly J. Norwood; and Sara E Welborn. Toledo, OH. 2005.


Other Histories

George W. Pearson: A Modest Hero, by Mary Nassar Breymaier (Bihl House Publishing, Toledo, Ohio, 2002).  Chapter 2 of the book focuses on the career of George Pearson as journalist at The Toledo Blade.

Gendron, 1872-2007: Pedal Cars, Bicycles, & Victorian Carriages, by Frederic W. Strobel II ; editor, John Rastall. Montpelier, Ohio : Timeless Collectibles by Gendron ; Fraser, MI : Distributed by Pedal Car Books, c2007

Honest Weight: The Story of Toledo  Scale, by Bob Terry.  [Philadelphia] : Xlibris Corp., 2000.