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About Ohio Memory

Established in 2000, Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, with digital collections from over 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Ohio Memory contains over 400,000 digital images from a variety of primary source material types, including:

  • Archaeological & Historical Objects
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Video

Our Mission

The Mission of Ohio Memory is to provide access to the historical treasures of Ohio, bringing together primary sources from all parts of the state in an online repository that celebrates state and local history; encourages cooperation between archives, historical societies, libraries, museums and other cultural organizations; and allows the global community to discover and explore Ohio’s rich past.

History of the Program

Phase I: The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) conceived the idea for the Ohio Memory project in 1995. Between 1995 and 2000, the Ohio History Connection worked with OHRAB, the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and the Ohio Library Council to refine the concept and secure funding for the project, and in February 2000, OPLIN approved a grant of $500,000 to the Ohio History Connection to launch the first phase of the Ohio Memory Project.

The first phase concluded in June 2002. During the two-year effort, more than 1,000 collections from more than 250 institutions were selected for inclusion in the scrapbook. More than 13,487 digital images were created and made available via

Phase II: The Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio continued the Ohio Memory Project through Ohio’s bicentennial year thanks to support from the Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the State Library of Ohio, which administers the Library Services and Technology Act Grant program.

Ohio Memory Today

Today, Ohio Memory continues to be an ongoing partnership between the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, and remains an important part in the Ohio History Connection strategic plan. The project offers subscription-based opportunities for partners around the state to submit their own material to digital collections, which allows Ohio Memory to be largely self-sustaining. We are always looking for new partners to join–if your institution is looking for a way to share your unique material with your community, your state and beyond, please visit the Join page to find out more!

The Ohio Memory website is undergoing a redesign, putting us in position to move forward and continue to grow with our partners, and allowing users to more easily access the 400,000-plus images that are available online. Events like the second annual Ohio Memory Madness competition and resources like those available through the homepage are just a few of the ways we continue to expand our outreach efforts and raise awareness of the exciting historical materials available through Ohio Memory!


Ohio Memory is made possible with funds from the Ohio History Connection, the State Library of Ohio, participating institutions and grants and donations from:

The Elizabeth Graves Foundation Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
(now AT&T)  


Your support helps us to continue to discover, share and preserve Ohio’s history! Click the button below to visit our easy online donation page where you can make a secure online contribution through the Ohio History Store, or donate by mail!