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Manuscript Collection

The manuscript collection at the Hudson Library & Historical Society consists of more than 100 unique collections documenting the history of Hudson, Ohio, from its founding in 1799 to today. A full list of the collections, which includes links to some of the online inventories, is available below.

Some of the highlights of the manuscript collection include:

  • One of the nation’s largest collections of materials about famed abolitionist John Brown and the Brown family.
  • Papers of the founding families of Hudson, including David Hudson and the Hudson family.
  • Papers of prominent Hudson families and citizens.
  • Records of local organizations such as the Hudson Garden Club and the League of Women Voters.
  • Records of local churches, including the First Congregational Church of Hudson.
  • Businesses and corporation records, including Terex and the Flood company.
  • Extensive photograph collection of the Hudson area and surrounding regions.
  • Historic house reports – research reports of many historic homes in the area documenting the architectural features and ownership history.

Most of the collections have finding aids (inventories) of collection contents to aid in retrieval. The Hudson Library & Historical Society is in the process of placing our finding aids online, which will be accessible through the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository or through a link from the collection in the library's catalog. The full list (see below) of the manuscript collections also provides a link to the collections with an online finding aid.

Manuscript Collections


Collection on Caroline Baldwin BabcockFinding aid available
Bandstand papers
Donald Barlow papers
William M. Beebe, Jr. papers
Bicentennial, United States
Bicentennial, Hudson
Bishop family papers
Brewster family papers
Brown Family Association reunion records
Charles Brocton Brown collection
Jeremiah Root Brown and Clark family papers
Oliver O. Brown collection
Brown Family Association reunion records
Harrison Bubb collection on the Western Reserve Academy controversyFinding aid available online
Anne Hopkins Burnham collection


James Caccamo (The Story of Hudson, Ohio)
Jerome Taylor collection on canals
Allie Munson Case receipt book
Lora Case manuscript for Hudson of Long Ago
Case-Barlow Farm bicentennial papers
Hudson cemeteries papers
Christ Church, Episcopal (Hudson, Ohio) papers
Alonzo Church family papers
Civil Defense Committee papers
Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad Company (Akron Branch) logsFinding aid available online
Cleveland and Twinsburgh Plank Road (Hudson Branch) stock share bookFinding aid available online
Curtis family papersFinding aid available online
Spencer Dudley Corlett diariesFinding aid available online


Harry H. Darrow diaries
Daughters of the American Revolution, David Hudson Chapter records
Kathleen Cooper Dautel papersFinding aid available online
Henry Noble Day letters and covers
Discussion Club (Hudson, Ohio) papers
Luella Dodds collection
Gertrude W. Donahey papersFinding aid available online
Doncaster Funeral Home papers


Election campaign collection
C.F. Elliman appointment books and logsFinding aid available online
Virginia Ellis papers
Ellsworth family papers
Ellsworth, Forbush, and Boyd families papersFinding aid available online
James Ellsworth collection
Benjamin Excell papers


Farrar family papers
First Congregational Church (Hudson, Ohio) recordsFinding aid available online
Flood Company recordsFinding aid available online
Friends of YDC recordsFinding aid available online


Guy Garman papersFinding aid available online
George W. Gaylord lettersFinding aid available online
Clarence S. Gee collection on John Brown
George H. and Alice A. Gott papersFinding aid available online
Green plan collection
Beriah Green papers
Greeting card collection


Emma Hagenbaugh diaries
Rev. William Hanford papers
Hastings Society of Hudson recordsFinding aid available online
Hayes and Hermann families papers
Historic houses and architecture
Hudson, Ohio, Township and Village records
Hudson, Ohio, Village Council minutes
Hudson American Legion records
Hudson Bandstand Committee scrapbooksFinding aid available online
Hudson Club recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Concert Series Association recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Cornet Band recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Encores recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Explorers Soccer Team recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson family papers
Hudson Farms Homeowners Association
Hudson Fire Department recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Garden Club papers
Hudson Genealogical Study Group papers
Hudson Handicrafters papers
Hudson Jolly Club minutesFinding aid available online
Hudson League for Service scrapbooks
Hudson Library & Historical Society recordsFinding aid available online
Friends of the Hudson Library & Historical Society records
Hudson Newcomers Club records
Hudson Parent-Teacher Association records
Hudson Park Board records
Hudson pioneers collection
Hudson Players recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Preschool Parents records
Hudson Schools programs collection
Hudson Schools collection
Hudson Senior Citizens records
Hudson Water Department recordsFinding aid available online
Hudson Yacht Club records
David Hudson papers
Humphrey family papers


Grace Goulder Izant papers


Jenkins family papersFinding aid available online
Dorothy Jones


Helen Kitzmiller scrapbook on Wester SouburgFinding aid available online
Kiwanis Club of Hudson papers


Ladies Aid Society for Relief of Sick and Wounded Soldiers papers
Ladies Cemetery Association records
Angelo Lavelli papers
League of Women Voters records


Tom Manthey papersFinding aid available online
Markillie family papers
Mayor's Court (Hudson, Ohio) docketsFinding aid available online
Newton McCracken lettersFinding aid available online
Shelby McMillion lettersFinding aid available online
Merger collection
Metcalf family papers
Ralph Willis Miner papersFinding aid available online
William Moos photographsFinding aid available online


Oviatt family papers
For the Samuel Oviatt (1741-1818) branch, see the Dorothy Elizabeth Walker and Oviatt family papers
For the Heman Oviatt (1821-1895) branch, see the Heman Oviatt, Jr. (1821-1895) family papers
Heman Oviatt, Jr. (1821-1895) family papersFinding aid available online


Questers Club records


Read family papers
Mrs. Matthew C. (Orissa) Read herbarium
Richard Realf papers
Joan Drew Richings collection
Rideout family papersFinding aid available online
Roach family papers
Elizabeth Royon collection


S. Straight & Co. recordsFinding aid available online
Sabin family papers
Saywell family and business collection
Simon family papers
Starr family papers
State Road Farm Women's Club


Tallmadge, Ohio, papers
Terex collectionFinding aid available online
Thompson family papers
Trowbridge family papers


Veterans History Project collectionFinding aid available online
Viers family papers
Oswald Garrison Villard Ohio interviews


Dorothy Elizabeth Walker and Oviatt family papersFinding aid available online
Watson-Crisp papers
Western Reserve College papers
Western Reserve College catalogues
Frank White journal
Wilder family correspondenceFinding aid available online
Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Hudson, Ohio, recordsFinding aid available online
Woman's Club (Hudson, Ohio) papers
Clayton Eugene Woodworth papersFinding aid available online
Hudson, Ohio, World War II papers
Elizur Wright publicationsFinding aid available online