Temporary Library Closure
Thank you for your interest in Cincinnati Museum Center collections. As you may already be aware, Union Terminal is undergoing a comprehensive renovation that will secure the future of Cincinnati Museum Center and its home at Union Terminal. This is an exciting time for us and the community.
The Cincinnati History Library & Archives is closed to the public to facilitate the renovation of historic Union Terminal. As a result, guests will be unable to visit the Cincinnati History Library but may still access the library’s online catalog, digital journals and other local history resources at library.cincymuseum.org. Limited service via telephone and email is available, but the library will remain closed to the public throughout the duration of the renovation project.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause but hope that you will explore our online resources to support your research needs. We look forward to seeing you in the library again when the renovation project is completed. Please visit the library website at library.cincymuseum.org for updates and additional information.
Moratorium on Loan Requests and Donations
As part of the renovation project, we have imposed a moratorium on loan requests and donations to our collections until further notice. This is necessary in order to allow our curatorial staff to focus on renovation-related collections issues and to properly protect and preserve the existing collections during this complex project. We ask donors to be patient and hold on to their treasures until this exciting renovation project is complete.
Moratorium on Reproduction Requests
Beginning Jan. 15, 2016, the Cincinnati History Library & Archives will impose a moratorium on reproduction requests from our Manuscripts, Printed, Photographs and Prints and Moving Image and Sound Recording collections. This is necessary in order to allow our curatorial staff to focus on renovation-related collections issues and to properly protect and preserve the existing collections during this complex project. We ask patrons to be patient and hold on to their requests until we are able to resume taking orders. Please check our website for updates about when reproduction services will be offered again.
About the Library
Since 1831 the Cincinnati History Library and Archives has been collecting and preserving materials relating to the Greater Cincinnati area, the state of Ohio and the Old Northwest Territory. Today, it houses one of the most significant regional history collections in the United States with thousands of books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs and films. Students, authors, historians, and genealogists visit the library most often, but we encourage the general public to take advantage of the collections as well. Our Library staff is always available to help and answer questions.
Ohio Valley History is a journal of the history and culture of the Ohio Valley and Upper South regions published by Cincinnati Museum Center in collaboration the Filson Historical Society and the University of Cincinnati. Published quarterly, each issue contains interesting and insightful articles, book reviews and essays for inquisitive minds interested in the history and artifacts of our region. The journal is edited by history professors at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Louisville. Subscribe today! Cost: $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Club level members get a free subscription! To subscribe, call (513) 287-7001.
Visit the Library's website to search online databases, including historical issues of Ohio Valley History, and to view collection exhibits.
Printed Works Collection
In our Printed Works Collection you can find books, newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides and maps relating to Greater Cincinnati, the state of Ohio and the Old Northwest. Conducting genealogical research? There are family histories, town and county histories, and published indexes to birth, marriage and death records for Hamilton County. Cornelius J. Hauck’s collection of botanical books dating from 1471 through the 1960s is also part of the collection.
The Manuscript Department
In the Manuscript Department we collect, preserve, organize and provide descriptions of personal papers and organizational records relating to the history of the Greater Cincinnati area from the early settlement of Cincinnati to the present. In our collection, we have original correspondence, diaries, minutes, financial records, scrapbooks, speeches and other documents. The collections are available for research in the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.
The Department of Photographs and Films
The Department of Photographs and Films houses close to one million archival photographs and prints, as well as films, videos, and sound recordings. The material documents the cultural, social, political, scientific, religious, educational, and economic development of the Greater Cincinnati area from the earliest days of the various mediums. The collection is available for research in the library and a small sample can be viewed on our website. Scans or prints can be purchased for commercial or personal use.
The Preservation Department
In the Preservation Department we are responsible for the management of collections preservation programming. We also operate a conservation lab where we conduct repairs and treatments on a broad range of materials including books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts and broadsides. Preservation also manages environmental monitoring, emergency and disaster planning for the collections, pest management, exhibit support, collections maintenance and staff training.
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