Photo courtesy of Cleveland Memory Project

Students witnessing the construction of Cleveland at the Student Center in 1972.

December 13, 2016

Memory project, archives preserve Cleveland’s past

The Michael Schwartz Library makes learning about Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s history easy and accessible with The Cleveland Memory Project, an online resource of northeastern Ohio’s history.

The Cleveland Memory Project launched in 2002 and features an online collection of digital photos, videos and texts. The Michael Schwartz Library and community partners around Northeast Ohio created the resource.

Every item on The Cleveland Memory Project, along with more historic items, can also be accessed on the third floor of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University.

According to William Barrow, head of Special Collections, the Cleveland Memory Project is just part of the Cleveland State historical materials.

“The stuff we have in physical forms in Special Collections is vastly larger than what is in Cleveland Memory,” Barrow said. “There are 68,000 items up in Cleveland Memory, we probably have 2 million photographs here [Special Collections] alone, and then there is stuff our surrounding partners have in our region.”

The Cleveland Memory Project features numerous partners that add photos from their own collections to the the Cleveland Memory Project database.

“We have partners such as Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Avon Lake and Mansfield/Richland counties who have collections that they would like to see on the Web, so they put them in Cleveland Memory,” Barrow said.

Photos from The Cleveland Memory Project have been used by local magazines and newspapers such as “Cleveland Scene” and “The Plain Dealer.”

The Cleveland Memory Project consists mostly of photos, which is the most popular component, but also contains eBooks, maps, audio and video files and film that has been digitized.

Barrow explained the majority of the photos in Cleveland Memory project came from “The Cleveland Press,” when it went out of business.

“The Cleveland Press is the core collection,” Barrow said. “The Cleveland Press was an afternoon daily newspaper for 103 years and when it went out of business in 1983, it gave us their editorial library that their reporters used. When that came in that was about a half a million photos and about a million newspaper clippings.”

The goal of Special Collections is to digitize as many photos as it can so they  can be accessed on the Cleveland Memory Project website for student and public use.

Barrow said he wants students to know that The Cleveland Memory Project is available to them to use for projects or just to learn about Cleveland’s History.



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