Historical Society

The Hudson Library & Historical Society archives maintain an extensive genealogy and local history collection. The genealogy collection provides a well-rounded selection of materials for researchers, with an emphasis on sources for the eastern United States and especially Ohio. The collection is enhanced by a wide variety of genealogical periodicals. Additionally, there is an extensive microfilm collection, which includes selections of census records (mostly Ohio), vital records, and other research tools such as the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records. Our Genealogy On-Line Desktop service provides users full free access to subscription sites such as ancestry.com as well as internet access to free sites such as the Ellis Island records.

The library houses a large manuscript collection, including one of the nation’s largest collections of materials about famed abolitionist John Brown. In addition to substantial holdings concerning founding families such as the Hudsons, the collection also contains documents related to local organizations such as the Hudson Garden Club and the Hudson League of Women Voters.

The collection is available to the public, but hours may vary. Appointments are recommended. Please call the Adult Services department at (330) 653-6658 x1010 for the current schedule.