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Dec. 6, 2012

Voinovich documents digitally archived

By Brandon Blackwell

Cleveland State teamed up with Ohio University to create a web-based archive of former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich’s political reports, letters and photographs.

The Voinovich Collection is publicly available online through a digital archive created by both universities in partnership with the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, according to a news release.

The collection will compile documents spanning the Republican’s 31-year political career as a mayor, governor and U.S. senator.

"I am pleased that Ohio University and Cleveland State University have come together to collaborate on such an innovative project that will, over time, make my archives available to people in the academy for research or work in the classroom," Voinovich said in the release. "Ordinarily, archives of senators or other politicians are not digitized."

Cleveland State Professor Mark Tebeau led the creation of the digital archive, which will be hosted on a computer server at Ohio University.

"This important archive will serve as an invaluable learning tool for many students and researchers alike,” said Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman. "Cleveland State is honored to be a part of this trailblazing and innovative project."

The project began in 2011. About 150 documents have been scanned and uploaded to the archives, with additional materials being added over time.

"I am very excited that my archives have already been used in the classroom and this project will facilitate easier access for others who want to use the collections,” Voinovich said.

Voinovich served as Cleveland’s mayor from 1979 to 1989. He served as Ohio’s governor from 1991 to 1998 before being elected to the Senate, where he spent 12 years in office.

To access The Voinovich Collection, visit www.voinovichcollections.library.ohio.edu.