News

    Oct. 25, 2013

    Magazines in the Ohioana Archives

    The Ohioana Library’s collection includes periodicals focused on Ohio literature, people, and places. Although many of the titles are contemporary, the collection also includes titles from the late 1800s and early 1900s, including The Kit-Kat, The Buckeye Informer, and Buckeye Printerdom. There are also a few surprises… The Munsey was originally founded in 1889. It became a huge success two ... Read More
    Oct. 22, 2013

    Ephemera in the Ohioana Archives

    As we continue to celebrate National Archives Month, we’re sharing some ephemera from Ohioana’s archival collections. Although these items were designed to be thrown away after they had served their purpose, paper can be surprisingly resilient. Today they provide a unique, often fun, and sometimes beautiful glimpse of everyday life. Because the 2013 Circleville Pumpkin Show is now history, we ... Read More
    Oct. 18, 2013

    The Civil War in the Ohioana Archives

    In addition to numerous books about the Civil War, Ohioana’s collection includes several archival items. This letter from Joseph Moore to his father describes the difficult conditions he encountered as he traveled from Atlanta late in 1864, fought in the Battle of Nashville, and traveled on through Cincinnati and Columbus before arriving in Washington in early 1865. The collection also includes ... Read More
    Oct. 16, 2013

    Local History in the Ohioana Archives

    In observance of National Archives Month and Columbus Day, we’re featuring this program from the “Columbian Centennial Celebration of the Discovery of America,” which was held on October 21, 1892 in Columbus. The celebration was sponsored by the Board of Education; in addition to the program for the evening, the booklet includes lists of board members, departments, schools, teachers, and staff. The cover ... Read More
    Oct. 10, 2013

    Music in the Ohioana Archives

    As part of National Archives Month we’re highlighting archival items in several areas of our collection, starting with music. In addition to nearly 10,000 pieces of sheet music, Ohioana’s collection includes nineteenth- and twentieth-century songbooks, scrapbooks, and other items related to music and composing. This handwritten and hand-bound songbook appears to have belonged to A.M. Barber of Pennsylvania in 1820 ... Read More
    Oct. 03, 2013

    October is Archives Month!

    Throughout the month of October we’ll be highlighting archival items in the Ohioana Library’s collection–including scrapbooks, postcards, correspondence and other personal papers, photos, and manuscripts. Stop back often to see images of these rare and one-of-a-kind items! Click here to learn more about archives and archival materials. ... Read More
    Sep. 27, 2013

    Banned Books Week 2013: Toni Morrison

    Ohio native Toni Morrison has three books on the American Library Association’s list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009: #15 The Bluest Eye, #26 Beloved, and #72 Song of Solomon. Beloved is also #10 on the ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012. Morrison was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. After receiving degrees in English from Howard University and ... Read More
    Sep. 26, 2013

    Banned Books Week 2013: Chris Crutcher

    Ohioan Chris Crutcher has three books on the American Library Association’s list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009: #41 Whale Talk, #44 Athletic Shorts, and #85 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. Crutcher was born in Dayton, Ohio, but grew up in a small town in Idaho. After graduating from college, he taught primary and secondary school and spent nearly a ... Read More
    Sep. 25, 2013

    Banned Books Week 2013: Mildred Taylor

    The second Ohio author to appear on the American Library Association’s list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 is Mildred Taylor. Her award-winning book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry appears at #66. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but spent her childhood in Toledo and graduated from college there. After spending two years in the Peace Corps and earning a ... Read More