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Documents Online for Ohio History – Free Document Collections

This webpage has links to online collections of digitized documents, with descriptions, for the history of Ohio. Collections include:

  • Original Ohio Constitution (1803)
  • Primary Source Set for Ohio History
  • Primary Source Set for Cleveland History
  • Inventory of Ohio State Archives
  • Guide for Ohio Military Records
  • Territorial Papers for Ohio Territory

Historic Documents of the State of Ohio

“Enabling Act for Ohio-1802”

U.S. Congress
Columbus: Ohio History Connection

“Ohio Constitution of 1803”

Ohio History Central online encyclopedia

Ohio
Columbus: Ohio Historical Society

Ohio Document Collections

Cleveland Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat


Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

Ohio Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat


Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

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Inventory of the State Archives of Ohio

Ohio Historical Records Survey Project, prepared
Columbus: Ohio Historical Records Survey Project 1940

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Ohio Military Records Research Guide

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Includes background information about available Ohio military records for the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, with numerous links; many to records collections.

The Territorial Papers of the United States

Carter, Clarence Edwin and Bloom, John Porter, eds.
Washington: National Archives 1934 – 1975

Volumes for the Great Lakes region are:

Vol 1. General
Vol 2. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803
Vol 3. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803 continued
Vol 7. The Territory of Indiana 1800-1810
Vol 8. The Territory of Indiana 1810-1816
Vol 10. The Territory of Michigan 1805-1820
Vol 11. The Territory of Michigan 1820-1829
Vol 12. The Territory of Michigan 1829-1837
Vol 16. The Territory of Illinois 1809-1814
Vol 17. The Territory of Illinois 1814-1818
Vol 27. The Territory of Wisconsin, Executive Journal, 1836-1848; Papers, 1836-1839
Vol 28. The Territory of Wisconsin 1839-1848

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A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland: Western Reserve Historical Society 1972

The Historical Society has amassed over the years a vast collection of manuscripts and archives related to the history of Cleveland and the Western Reserve. This book is the key to finding over 200,000 books, 25,000 volumes of newspapers, and extensive collections of broadsides, prints, and photographs.

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