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Cincinnati History Lantern Slides

Lantern slides from the Library's collection, primarily featuring Cincinnati, including downtown scenes, schools, churches and synagogues, as well as the Ohio River, bridges, steamboats, and railroad stations.  Many of the photographs were taken by Elmer Foote, the Library's staff photographer from 1907 to 1919.  

Cincinnati History Lantern Slides

Ohio River Floods

Photographs of the Cincinnati area during and after the historic Ohio River flood of 1937. This collection is in progress, and new content will be added regularly. 

Ohio River Floods

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogical resources including social directories, family and regional histories, property tax assessments, and street directories. Descriptions of Cincinnati landmarks, neighborhoods, institutions, historic events, and biographies of prominent citizens.

Genealogy & Local History

Inland Rivers Library

Selections from our Inland Rivers Library, one of the major resources for information dealing with the commercial and navigational use of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries.  

 

Inland Rivers Library

City & County Directories

City and county directories, featuring volumes published as early as 1819. Most of the directories in this collection are located in the Genealogy and Local History and Information and Reference departments at Main Library.  

 

City & County Directories

Business, Shipping & Trade Directories

General Cincinnati business directories dating from the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries, some of which are illustrated. Also included are specific professional directories and e encompassing early shipping and trade routes relative to the Cincinnati area.

Business, Shipping & Trade Directories

Cincinnati Postcards

Early 20th century postcards from the Library's collection, including selections from the Paul F. Bien and Clyde Bowden postcard collections. This collection is in progress, and new content will be added regularly. 

Cincinnati Postcards

Yearbooks

Yearbooks for Cincinnati-area schools, featuring a student-published annual for the University of Cincinnati, representing the years 1894-2006.

Yearbooks

Published in Cincinnati

Works published in Cincinnati, demonstrating the city's vibrant printing history and its distinction as a midwestern hub within the industry. Many titles concern topics of local interest.

Published in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Businesses

Business histories and promotional material for Cincinnati-based companies. Catalogs and price lists of local manufacturers.

Cincinnati Businesses

Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn, the noted journalist, author, educator, translator, and interpreter of Japanese life and culture, was closely associated with Cincinnati for a number of years. This collection features selections from the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room's collection of works by and about the author. 

Lafcadio Hearn

Maps & Atlases

Maps and atlases of Ohio and Kentucky, including Sanborn Insurance Maps for Cincinnati. 

Maps & Atlases

Children's Books

Late 19th and early 20th century children's books, featuring picture books from Cincinnati publisher Peter G. Thomson.  

Children's Books

Music

Audio recordings, songbooks, music manuscripts, theory & instruction, local music history & festival programs.

Music

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion

Philosophy, psychology, parapsychology and occultism. Religious histories, doctrines, texts and discourses. Ancient, medieval and Eastern philosophy. Ethics and the temperance movement.

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion

Nature, Science & Technology

Natural sciences, technology, and applied sciences, featuring many illustrated resources. Subjects include biology, astronomy, animals, insects, plants and agriculture, anatomy, health and medicine, home economics, engineering, and construction.

Nature, Science & Technology

Arts & Recreation

Old and rare illustrated books, prints, and photographic specimens. Works related to the graphic and decorative arts, painting, photography, architecture, performance arts, sports, games, and entertainment.

Arts & Recreation

Literature, Languages & Fiction

Literary works, history and analyses, poetry, fiction, letters, drama, language studies, and dictionaries.

Literature, Languages & Fiction

History & Geography

Historic events & cultural records, biographies of historical figures, geography, travel accounts & geographical descriptions. For Cincinnati history, see Genealogy & Local History.

History & Geography

World War II Propaganda Posters

World War II propaganda posters from the United States and Europe.

World War II Propaganda Posters

About the collections



Digitized photographs, books, and art from the collections of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, other organizations, and private collections. 

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