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Local History

Find historical resources for the Mansfield / Richland County area

At The Library

Visit our Sherman Room! The John Sherman Room houses the Library’s collection of genealogical resources as well as Mansfield, Richland County and Ohio historical materials. Located in the Reference Department on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, our Sherman Room Librarian, Jayson Schlechty, is available for all of your research, genealogy, and local history needs.

Recommended Library Databases

Mansfield News Journal Index (Proquest) – This online newspaper index not only includes articles and obituaries from the News Journal, but also companies, people, products, and more. From 2002 to the present.

Newspaper Archive – The largest historical newspaper online database with more than 70 million newspaper pages and more than 80,000 pages being added per day.

Richland County Digital Newspaper Archive – The collection includes over 40,000 pages covering the years 1823-1923 and includes Mansfield newspapers in addition to newspapers from Bellville and Butler.

Web Resources

RootsWeb – RootsWeb is “the oldest and largest free genealogy site on the internet”

The Sherman Room Digital Archives –  Included in these collections are items that reflect the history of Mansfield and the Richland County area. The collection includes digital photographs, postcards, yearbooks, and school newspapers.

DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) – Discover 40,664,440 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States, including 233,841 items in collections shared by the Ohio Digital Network.

The Cleveland Memory Project – The Cleveland Memory Project is a freely searchable online collection of digital photos, texts, oral histories, videos and other local history resources; The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library pages host over 1000 images.

The Sherman Room Blog – Check out the weekly blog about Mansfield and Richland County History written by our local history librarian Jayson Schlechty.

Search Starters

Click on a topic to find books in the library catalog

Local Author Collection

Richland County (Ohio)

Mansfield (Ohio)

Ohio Interest

Take Home a Great Book for your Research

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library subject guides are assembled by our reference team. Please contact the reference department at 419.521.3110 if you would like more help with this subject.
Last updated 12/31/2020

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