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March 2003

Special Collections & Indexes—Microform Collections

One way for libraries to offer access to large collections of rare, costly, or original materials, particularly in the days before online databases and digitization projects, has been the purchase of microfilm and microfiche sets. Several such collections are available at the Library. Most of them are housed at the Main Library and are for reference use only. Infofax service is available for these items.

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Cincinnati Bicentennial Microforming Project

This collection of church cemetery records and some other miscellaneous church records for the Cincinnati area, filmed under the auspices of the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, is a valuable resource for genealogical work in the area.
History & Genealogy Department

Civil Rights Research Collection

Original documents from such sources as the Papers of the NAACP 1909–1970; Records of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters 1925–1969; Records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1954–1970; or the Federal Surveillance of Afro-Americans, FBI Files on the Black Panther Party, Jessie Jackson, Paul Robeson and Martin Luther King, Jr. shed a wealth of information on the evolution of race relations and civil rights in America.
Government & Business Department

Civil War Unit Histories: Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives

A microfiche project of University Publications of America, this collection of 6,347 fiche contains many first-hand accounts compiled between the end of the Civil War and 1920. It is valuable for historians and genealogists alike. The unit histories and personal narratives convey as no other source can the day-to-day life of a soldier and his regiment, from the horror of battle to the drudgeries of camp life.
History & Genealogy Department

ERIC Documents Collection

Established in 1966, the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) microfiche database is the largest in the world for research in the field of education. It includes research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, government documents, and books. The Library’s holdings date back to the early 1970’s and contain over 350,000 documents.
Education & Religion Department

Index to Pension Files

This microfilm set indexes the National Archives military pension files. The set covers pensions filed by those who served from 1861 through 1916. The heaviest coverage is for Civil War veterans, but the set also covers those who fought in the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, and Boxer Rebellion. These records include only Union veterans, since Confederate veterans received no federal pensions.
History & Genealogy Department

Passenger Indexes and Lists

This National Archives microfilm set indexes ship manifests (ports include Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic and Gulf ports) and ship manifests from New York City from 1820 through 1897. The department also holds numerous paper indexes to ship’s passenger lists including Germans to America, The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846–1851, and Migration from the Russian Empire: Lists of Passengers Arriving at the Port of New York.
History & Genealogy Department

Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations

This collection offers a window into the world of the antebellum plantation, including mentions of slave life (sales, deaths, births, etc.), and is an excellent resource for African-American research and genealogy. It contains personal papers and records of plantations for the period between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The set consists of records donated to the project from institutions all over the South and is an ongoing project.
History & Genealogy Department

Religion in America Collection

This collection of early books and manuscripts traces the history of various denominations and theological movements in the United States. On 50 reels of microfilm are 284 tracts, treatises, biographical works, and topical surveys. Although most titles were published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some publication dates are as early as 1617. An additional 47 reels contain doctoral dissertations on topics relating to religion in the United States.
Education & Religious Department

Schomburg Collection

Hard-to-find resources on African-American history are made available through this 660-reel microfilm collection from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, one of the premier collections of African-Americana in the country. The collection contains books, newspapers, magazines, speeches, and letters written by or about African Americans, including narratives by former slaves, material on the slave trade, and writings on the role of religion in African-American culture.
Education & Religion Department

Shaker Collection Manuscripts

Original documents relating to the Shaker communities in Kentucky, Ohio, and elsewhere are offered on 123 reels of microfilm from the Western Reserve Historical Society Shaker Collection. The manuscripts include journals, diaries, ledgers, account books, music, legal documents, inspirational writings and drawings, newspaper clippings, broadsides, and photographs. There is also a card file of names of Shaker members. This collection is supplemented by 852 secondary documents on microfiche.
Education & Religion Department

United States Federal Census Collection

This is the crown jewel in our nationally renowned genealogy collection. The History & Genealogy Department holds a complete run of the United States Federal census from 1790 to 1920 for all states. The department also holds a portion of the recently released 1930 census and will be obtaining the complete 1930 census by the end of 2003. Paper indexes exist for the years 1790 through 1870, and microfilm indexes exist for 1880 through 1920. 1930 is only partially indexed, but finding aids and staff assistance are also available for locating persons on this census.
History & Genealogy Department