Western Reserve Historical Society

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Western Reserve Historical Society
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Contact Information



The History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Telephone:[3] Library Research Services: 216-721-5722 x1509

Hours and holidays:[4]

History Center in University Circle

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Research Center

Sunday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Saturday: Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Directions
  • Parking: The fee to park in the museum lot is $5. Special rates apply for special events. A parking space lease option for regular parking use is available.
  • Map

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

A part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, housed within the History Center in University Circle, the WRHS Research Center is an amazing resource for the academic and for the family history researcher.
The Western Reserve Historical Society Research Center is the premier repository for Cleveland history. One of the Research Center's principal strengths is its manuscript collections, which touch upon every aspect of Ohio history. These collections cover a wide range of subjects, including architecture, business, education, charity and social welfare, farming, immigration, law, military, politics, religion, and transportation. The photographic holdings are vast and cover all subjects dating from the advent of photography in 1839 to the present.[5]


There are admission fees. One admission gives access to everything on the complex.


Preserving Historic Documents: A Preservation Primer.  Very thorough Guide on preserving all types of historic documents such as: paper, scrapbooks, newsprint, films, video, audio cassette tape, photographs, 13 kinds of Photographic Media Types from 1866 to present, and a list of suggestions for Archival Supply Vendors.

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Western Reserve Historical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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Neighboring Collections


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  2. Research Services E-mail at Western Reserve Historical Society] (accessed 15 October 2012)
  3. The Research Center at Western Reserve Historical Society] (accessed 15 October 2012)
  4. Hours at Western Reserve Historical Society] (accessed 15 October 2012)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Community History Archives at Western Reserve Historical Society] (accessed 15 October 2012)