The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) is pleased to announce that the Euclid Public Library and the Clark County Historical Society have received the 2012 OHRAB Achievement Awards. The OHRAB Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by an Ohio archival institution.
The Euclid Public Library was recognized for its use of the web to document and increase access to its city’s history with a broad range of documentation from many sources. The library has digitized residents’ family photos, high school yearbooks, and local newspaper editions. The web-accessible collection also includes recordings of City Council meetings, as well as oral histories, in audio and video format, revealing multiple perspectives on the history of Euclid. This impressive range of formats and documents has expanded the public’s ability to connect with its history. Beginning as a celebration of the Euclid Bicentennial, the Library has committed to continuing this project, creating an ongoing program. OHRAB congratulates the Euclid Public Library for its efforts to improve access to its city’s history.
Like many counties, the Clark County Probate Court’s case files of wills and estate settlements, guardianship, and civil cases contain a wealth of information about the county’s history. The Clark County Historical Society brought together the expertise of staff, the enthusiasm of volunteers and interns, and a small grant for supplies to create a focused effort toward ensuring the preservation of and better access to these important local records. This project was not only ambitious, but creative in its use of resources – including the transformation of back-room activities into a public teachable moment. Because of space constraints, a significant amount of document processing occurred in the public reading room. Project staff and volunteers engaged visitors in the process, explaining how and why these records were being preserved. OHRAB congratulates the Clark County Historical Society for its perseverance and creativity in preserving Ohio’s local records.
Also nominated were Miami University Libraries Digital Library, University of Akron Archival Services, and University of Dayton Libraries.
Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees!
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board is the central body for historical records planning in the state. Board members are appointed by the governor and represent Ohio’s public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions. Administrative responsibility for the board rests with the Ohio Historical Society. The board receives funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration and OHRAB acts as the state-level review body for grants submitted to the NHPRC, in accordance with that commission’s guidelines.