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Local History

Hudson Library & Historical Society maintains an extensive local history collection, focusing primarily on Ohio, with particular emphasis on Hudson, Ohio, and Summit County. The local history collection includes:

  • Yearbooks of Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy
  • Hudson imprints collection (books printed in Hudson)
  • Hudson authors collection
  • John Brown collection Books, artifacts, manuscripts, and genealogical materials related to John Brown and the anti-slavery movement.
  • Newspapers Virtually a complete run of Hudson newspapers from 1828 to the present and 19th century area newspapers like the Ravenna Republican and the Summit County Beacon. A searchable index of the newspapers is available in the library.
  • Hudson necrology file A file of obituaries of Hudson residents.
  • Historic house reports Research reports of many historic homes in the area documenting the architectural features and ownership history.
  • Hudson telephone and city directories from 1917.
  • County histories of Ohio and surrounding states.
  • Over 100 unique manuscript collections, including the papers and records of Hudson citizens and organizations.