Course Materials Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services

Ohio History

 Selected Print Resources

(* indicates children’s and young adult )

Along the Ohio Trail: A Short History of Ohio Lands. Auditor of State of Ohio ©2001. School version of Ohio Lands, compatible with 4th grade history curriculum *

Cayton, Andrew R.L. The Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in The Ohio Country 1780-1825 Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press  ©1986

Dornbush, C.E. Regimental Publications & Personal Narratives of the Civil War: A Checklist. NY: New York Public Library  ©1961. An extensive bibliography listing books about Civil War Regiments and their famous officers. Some focus on events in the war, some are specifically about a regiment.

Eckert, Allan W. “Narratives of America” series – his books deal with Ohio, Wars with the Indians before and after the Revolutionary War, and explorers. Some of his books are written for Young Adults*, most contain extensive bibliographies.

Foster, Emily ed. The Ohio Frontier: An Anthology of Early Writings Lexington, KY: The University of Kentucky Press © 1996

Fradin, Dennis Brindell Ohio from Sea to Shining Sea series Chicago: Childrens Press ©1993, 1994 *

George, Mary Karl The Rise and Fall of Toledo Ohio: The Toledo War Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission 1971

Grant, H. Roger Ohio in Historic Postcards: Self-Portrait of a State Kent, OH: Kent State University Press © 1997

Gieck, Jack A Photo Album of Ohio’s Canal Era 1825-1913. Introduction written by George Knepper Kent, OH: Kent State University Press  ©1988, 1992.

Hall, Susan G Appalachian Ohio and the Civil War 1862-1863 Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company Inc Publishers 2000

Hulbert, Archer Butler, editor Ohio in the Time of the Confederation (series: Marietta College Historical Collections Vol 3) Marietta, OH: Marietta Historical Commission 1918

Hurt, R. Douglas The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest 1720-1830Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press  ©1996

Jedick, Peter Cleveland: Where the East Coast Meets the Midwest Cleveland, OH: Fine Line Litho, Inc 1993 1980 *

Kennedy, Roger G. Hidden Cities: The Discovery and Loss of Ancient North American Civilization NY: Macmillan © 1994 (about early American Indians, Indian mounds, etc and their archaeological discovery)

Killoran, James, Stuart ZImmer and Mark Jarrett Ohio Its Land and Its People Lake Ronkonkoma, NY: Jarrett Publishing Company 1994 *

King, Rufus Ohio: First Fruits of the Ordinance of 1787 Boston & NY: Houghton Mifflin Company © 1888, 1903

Marking Ohio’s History Ohio Historical Society, The Reinberger Foundation, Ohio Council for the Social Studies and Ohio Bicentennial Commission Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society © 2002*

Marsh, Carole Oho Facts & Factivities CD-ROM and Oho Facts & Factivities CD-ROM: A Teacher’s Guide Peachtree City, GA: Gallopade Publishing Group © 1998 This book contains activities that focus on the 4th grade curriculum and standardized examinations.*

Martin, Michael A. Ohio: The Buckeye State World Almanac Library of the States series Milwaukee, WI: World Almanac Library ©2002 *

Marzulli, Lawrence J. The Development of Ohio’s Counties and their Historic CourthousesColumbus, OH: County Commissioners Association of Ohio 1982

McConnell, Michael N. A Country Between: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its Peoples 1724-1774 Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press  ©1992

McNutt, Randy Ghosts: Ohio’s Haunted Landscapes, Lost Arts and Forgotten PlacesWilmington, OH: Orange Frazer Press 1996 *

Medert, Patricia and Andrew J. Verhoff Chillicothe, Ohio: Frontier Settlement to State Capital Chillicothe, OH: Ross County Historical Society © 2001

Miller, Carol Poh and Robert Wheeler Cleveland: A Concise History, 1796-1990Bloomington & Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press ©1990

Mollenkopf, Jim The Great Black Swamp: Historical Tales of 19th century Northwest OhioToledo, OH: Lake of the Cat Publishing 1999 *

Ohio Authors and Their Books 1796-1950. Edited by William Coyle. Sponsored by The Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association Cleveland & NY: The World Publishing Company  ©1962

Ohio Lands. Auditor of State of Ohio. Multiple dates.  (2002 revision written by George W. Knepper)

A history of the division of Ohio Lands and the history of their settlement.

The Ohio Guide compiled by workers of the Writer’s Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Ohio, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society.   NY: Oxford University Press © 1940, 1973

Onuf, Peter S. Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance Bloomington & Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press 1987

Peck, G. Richard. Chillicothe. OH (Images of America Series) Charleston, SC: Arcadia an imprint of Tempus Publishing, Inc  ©1999.

Pollock, Mabel V. Our State, Ohio 1803-2003: A Bicentennial History Bloomington, IN: 1st Books © 1999, 2001*

Quaife, Milo Milton Chicago and the Old Northwest 1673-1835 Introduction by Perry R. Duis.  Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press 2001 (Originally published University of Chicago Press 1913)

Reid, Whitelaw Ohio in the War: Her Statesmen. Her Generals and Soldiers Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach & Baldwin  ©1868

Schneider, Norris F. The National Road: Main Street of America Columbus, OH: The Ohio Historical Society © 1975

Schneider, Norris F. and Clair C. Stebbins Zane’s Trace: The First Road in Ohio Zanesville, OH: Mathes Printing Company © 1973

Sears, Alfred Byron Thomas Worthington: Father of Ohio Statehood Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press © 1958, 1998

Skaggs, David Curtis The Old Northwest in the American Revolution: An AnthologyMadison, WI: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin © 1977

Smith, Thomas editor An Ohio Reader: 1750 to the Civil War Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company © 1975

Taylor, Robert M. Jr. editor The Northwest Ordinance 1787: A Bicentennial HandbookIndianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society © 1987

Thwaites, Reuben Gold, editor.  Early Western Journals 1748-1765 Lewisburg, PA Wennawoods Publishing 1998, original publication 1904

Tieche, Vicki. 16-3-3. Calgary : R. Banco Limited Editions, c2008.

Whitson, Skip Ohio 100 Years Ago Albuquerque, NM: Sun Books Sun Publishing Company 1977 *

Williams, Gary S. The Forts of Ohio * Caldwell, OH: Buckeye Books Press © 2003 (Price is 19.00 to individuals; 10.75 to libraries)

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Collected Biographies or Biographical Sketches

Bakeless, John The Eyes of Discovery: America as Seen by the First Explorers NY: Dover Publications ©1961

Booth, Stephane Elise Buckeye Women: The History of Ohio’s Daughters Athens, OH: Ohio University Press 2001

Chernow, Ron Titan: The Life of John D. Rockerfeller, Sr NY: Random House © 1998

Davis, Russell H. Memorable Negroes in Cleveland’s Past Cleveland, OH: Western Reserve Historical Society ©1969

The Founders of Ohio: Brief Sketches of the Forty-Eight Pioneers who, under command of General Rufus Putnam landed at the mouth of the Muskingum River on seventh of April 1788 and commenced the first white settlement in the North-west territory. Cincinnati Robert Clark & Co ©1888

Geld, Ellen Bromfield The Heritage: A Daughter’s Memories of Louis Bromfield NY: Harer Brothers © 1962

Georgoady, Nicholas, Louis Romano and Alice Effron Ohio Women Kettering, OH: Agree Publications © 1995

—–.  Ohio Men Kettering, OH: Agree Publications © 1995

McCluskey, John A. editor Blacks In Ohio: 7 Portraits Cleveland, OH: The New Day Press, Karamu House 1976 *

Parkman, Francis La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West Introduction by Rick Bass Jon Krakauer series editor NY: The Modern Library © 1999

Pearsall, Shelley Remarkable Ohioans Vermilion, OH: Eden Valley Enterprises © 1997     1999

Sowash, Rick Heroes of Ohio: 23 True Tales of Courage and Character Bowling Green, OH: Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Company © 1998 *

Williams, Gary S. Gliding to a Better Place: Profiles from Ohio’s Territorial Era Caldwell, OH: Buckeye Books © 2000.(Price to individuals is 19.00; 10.75 to libraries) .

Other Resources for Information

Conrad, James H. Developing Local History Programs in Community Libraries Chicago, IL: American Libraries Association © 1989  A practical guide for small or medium size libraries to create local history and genealogy collections.

Coyle, William editor Ohio Books and Their Authors 1796-1950 Cleveland, OH: The World Publishing Company 1962 (Ohioana Library Association Publication)

Phillips, Faye Local History Collections in Libraries Englewood CO: Libraries Unlimited © 1995  This manual is designed for librarians and archivists who are setting up an local history collection.

Latrobe, Kathy Howard Exploring the Great Lakes States through Literature PHoenix, AZ: Oryx Press 1994

Ohioana Library Association

Ohio Historical Society

City, county and regional historical and genealogical societies

Ohio Genealogical Society

Librarian Index to the Internet

Internet Public Library


OPLIN is the public library’s on-line source for lots of information on Ohio, its history, people, resources and libraries. Look under Discover Ohio for

  • OHIO Defined,
  • Ohio’s County Almanac,
  • Ohio counties, municipalities and much more
  • Evolution of Ohio.
  • Ohio’s Governors

and many other links.