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Does the Ohio Historical Society have personal papers or correspondence of a particular person? Do we have photographs of a certain town or place? Through the Finding Aids Collection, you can search the full text of finding aids by keyword for manuscript and audiovisual materials in the OHS archives.
Finding aids are detailed inventories prepared for manuscript, photograph and audiovisual collections. They include background information about archival collections, such as the creator of the collection; the date range of the collection; historical information about the collection; and when it was donated to the Historical Society. Finding aids also provide brief box, folder and sometimes item-level descriptions of the papers, ephemera, photographs and other materials that comprise collections.
Providing online access to OHS finding aids is an ongoing project. We will continue adding more finding aids for new and existing collections as they are processed. Archival materials described in our finding aids are available for use in the main reading room of the Archives/Library at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. For more information about a collection or to view items in-person, visit the Archives/Library page.