In honor of African American History Month, I wanted to share some of the unique manuscript collections in the OHS Archives that tell the stories of African American Ohioans. They are available to researchers in the Archives/Library reading room at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Ohio Branch Records Call Number MSS 13 Click to view inventory. George Myers Papers Call Number MSS 70 Click to view finding aid. Ellen Walker Craig, mayor of Urbancrest, Ohio, 1975. Ellen Walker Craig Papers Call Number MSS 694 AV Henry and Willa Adams Papers Call Number MSS 1297 AV Click to view finding aid. Nimrod Booker Allen Papers Call Number MSS 594 E.E. Ward Moving and Storage Company Records Call Number MSS 402 Click to view inventory. Columbus Urban League Records Call Number MSS 146 Click here to view finding aid. Columbus Area Civil Rights Council Call Number MSS 785 Click here to view finding aid. Portrait of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Josephine Watkins Lehman, ca. 1890-1900. Paul Laurence Dunbar Papers Call Number MIC 25 (MSS 114 and MSS 659) William Sanders Scarborough Papers Call Number MSS 371 Click here to view finding aid. Ohio Baptist General Association Records Call Number MSS 407 Click here to view inventory. Young Men’s Christian Association, Columbus, Ohio, East Side Branch Call Number MSS 401 Click here to view inventory.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Researchers are encouraged to search the Ohio Memory digital library and the Online Collection Catalog for more materials. Try a subject keyword search for “African Americans.”