Local History and Community

Click on the name of a database to go to it. All databases are available both in and outside of the library except as noted; if you're outside the library, all databases require a library card number except as noted.

In addition to searching the databases individually, you can use the Ohio Web Library to search all the statewide information databases using a single interface. Note: This does not search the databases which are provided by Cuyahoga Falls Library, which are indicated below with a small library logo to the right of the title. Provided by Cuyahoga Falls Library

Akron Beacon Journal  Provided by Cuyahoga Falls Library
Read articles from the Akron Beacon Journal (1984-present) online.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices   Provided by Cuyahoga Falls Library
Obituaries and death notices from over 1000 American newspapers area valuable resource for genealogical research provided by NewsBank. Search by name, date range, or text such as residence, occupation, hobbies, family members, or other personal information.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
See what Cuyahoga Falls looked like in 1922. This site provides a searchable interface for locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities from 1867 to 1970.

Summit Memory (no library card required)
The Summit Memory project brings together, in one searchable database, digital collections from libraries, universities and other historical organizations throughout Summit County. Here you'll find historical images such as photographs, post cards, art, patents, maps and atlases, as well as audio recordings of oral history interviews. See images relating to the 1880s High Bridge Glens resort in Cuyahoga Falls, images and text about the 1940 Doodlebug train wreck in Cuyahoga Falls, and much more.

Ohio History Central || Online Encyclopedia
An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society. Find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio’s history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook (no library card required)
Project to bring together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums.Search or browse more than 26,000 primary sources dating from prehistory to the present. Take the Ohio Memory Challenge. Read essays about Ohio topics. Create your own scrapbook.

Ohio.gov: Government Information & Services (no library card required)
The official government website of the State of Ohio. Why use it? Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.


See our help for using the databases from outside the library.