Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]


Address: About Us - Main Library in Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (accessed 9 March 2015).

Hayes Research Library
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420-2796

Telephone: 419-332-2081
Fax: 419-332-4952

Hours and holidays:</ref> Tue - Sat: 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Sun, Mon, and federal holidays.

Map and directions:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center his documents, library, obituaries, research and collections, museum, his home, Spiegel Grove, visitor information, about us, what's happening, newsroom, education, online store, volunteers, links, publications, and reservations.
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    Hayes Presidential Center online catalog (part of Bowling Green State University Libraries with the location Hayes) by keyword, title, author, subject, numbers, databases, or journals. Also available in WorldCat.
  • Hayes Presidential Center’s Obituary Index a 3.7 million name index of deaths and some marriages in local Fremont, Ohio newspapers from the 1810s to now. Look-up copies available for a fee.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

President Hayes' personal collection is strong on Ohio history, as well as Sandusky River and Great Lakes history, U.S. history and Black studies. The Hayes family history including many manuscripts are kept here.[2] The first Presidential Library established in 1916, it now holds 80,000 books on subjects like genealogy and local history.

Their collection has history books and atlases for almost every Ohio county; county/state history books for many states outside Ohio; city/county directories for Fremont, Sandusky City, Erie County, and Sandusky County; D.A.R. lineage books; Pennsylvania Archives; Ohio Civil War rosters and index; Civil War regimental histories; genealogical periodicals and newsletters; photos; newspapers; and extensive local history and government records.[3] [4] They also have:

The Hayes Library has public computers for genealogical research.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[8]
  • Ohio History Connection, Columbus, serves as the state archives. Excellent manuscript collection for government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[2] [9]
  • State Library of Ohio, Columbus, has good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[2]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. The Hayes Research Library in Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center (accessed 23 February 2022).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. Genealogy and Local History Collections in Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center (accessed 15 March 2021).
  4. Manuscript Collections in Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center (accessed 23 February 2022).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  10. Genealogy in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 25 September 2021).
  11. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).