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The Sherman Room: Local History and Genealogy

The John Sherman Room houses the Library’s collection of genealogical resources as well as Mansfield, Richland County, and Ohio historical materials.

Sherman Room Hours

While none of the items in the Sherman Room may be checked-out, they are available to the public the following times:

Monday- 9 AM – 8 PM                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday- Thursday 9 – 5 PM
Friday-Sunday — CLOSED

Additional hours may be available by appointment. Please call the  Sherman Room for assistance at 419-521-3115.

Contact us:

To request assistance or microfilm/obituary copies, researchers may call, email, or send their request through the mail. 

To order by mail, send a business-sized self addressed, stamped envelope to the Sherman Room. Enclose your home phone or email address in case of difficulty with your order. 

Emailed documents will be scanned and sent as a PDF file. There is no charge for this service.



Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
ATTN: Sherman Room
43 West Third Street
Mansfield, OH 44902

More Sherman Room Resources

Online Resources

Local History Resources

  • Businesses, Churches, Schools, Biographies of notable locals
  • Family histories
  • Richland County histories
  • Indexes of local wills, early property owners, and marriages
  • Cemetery indexes for Richland and Crawford Counties
  • City directories 1858 – Present, Richland County directories
  • Telephone directories 1904 – Present
  • Local author collection
  • Historical atlases of Richland and surrounding counties
  • Local clipping file
  • Annual Reports for local businesses
  • Local photo file

Ohio Resources

  • Ohio County/City histories
  • Indexes of Ohio Soldiers during the Civil War
  • Ohio census indexes

General Genealogy Resources

Microfilm Resources

  • Mansfield newspapers 1823 – Present (some gaps exist)
  • Scattered Richland County newspapers
  • Selected Ohio and Pennsylvania Census records
  • Sanborn Fire Maps for Mansfield
  • Sturges family papers
  • Board of Richland County Commissioners Journals 1872 – 1903
  • Richland County Probate Court Naturalization Records 1852 – 1906
  • Richland County Children’s Home Record of Indentures 1880 – 1917

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