The history of Ohio is intertwined with business and manufacturing. Even before statehood in 1803, businesses were established in the region. In 1793 a Cincinnati tannery became the first manufacturing venture northwest of the Ohio River. By 1900, Ohio was described as the “Gateway of the Midwest.” Today, Ohio stands as one of the country’s great manufacturing centers and a leader in the world of business and enterprise.
The Ohio Historical Society has long recognized the importance of business in the history of the state and advocates for the collection and retention of business records. With well over 100 collections dated from the early 1800s through the 20th Century among our holdings. Such collections include White Castle Systems, Incorporated, Dominion East Ohio Gas Company, Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Jeffrey Manufacturing Company, Roseville Pottery, and the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation.