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:

  • Western Reserve Historical Society Home Page. About, Research & Collections, Online Catalog, History Center, Research Center.
  • Community History Archives[5]: African American, Irish American, Italian, and Cleveland Jewish.
  • Family History & Genealogical Research Page. If you are just beginning to put together your family tree or are a seasoned genealogist, the Western Reserve Historical Society offers a wealth of resources for genealogy research, including seminars and classes, outstanding collections and more.
  • Databases. Funeral Home & Cemetery Indexes; Marriage Indexes; Misc. Genealogy Indexes; and the WRHS-CWRU Digital Collection.

Collection Description

[5]A part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, housed within the History Center in University Circle, the WRHS Research Center is the premier repository for Cleveland history. WRHS Research Center maintains large special collections which cover a wide range of subjects:

  • Costume and Textile which is one of the largest collections in the U.S.
  • Historical Paintings and Fine Art
  • Shaker Collection: The largest collection extant documenting the Shaker communities in the United States.
  • Militaria.
  • The photographic holdings are vast and cover all subjects dating from the advent of photography in 1839 to the present.

One of the Research Center's principal strengths is its manuscript collections, which touch upon every aspect of Ohio history. For example:

  • Cleveland Jewish Archives; African American Archives; Immigration Archives; LGBT Archives; William Palmer Civil War Collection.


  • There are admission fees. One admission gives access to everything on the complex.
  • Library tours are available upon request. Call 216-721-5722 x1509.>ref>The Research Center at Western Reserve Historical Society] (accessed 15 October 2012).</ref>
  • Researching in the Library. For Reading Room, Microforms Room Procedures, and Copying Services.
  • Library Research Services. This service is on a fee basis of $40.00 per hour with a half-hour minimum and includes up to ten photocopies.
  • Digital Reproduction Services The Western Reserve Historical Society is pleased to offer photographic reproduction services. Fees include combined charges for the one-time right to use the reproduction and costs to produce the reproduction.


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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  1. 1.0 1.1 The History Center at Western Reserve Historical Society] (accessed 15 October 2012)
  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)