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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. This …

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Cincinnati History Lantern Slides

Ohio River Floods

Photographs of the Cincinnati area during and after the historic Ohio River flood of 1937 and earlier floods, featuring Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Includes postcards, lantern slides, scrapbooks, and diaries. A number of items in the collection are from the Genealogy & Local History and Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room collections, …

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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. Items in this collection are full-text searchable and can be downloaded for …

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Genealogy & Local History

Local History Index

Local History card file index located in the Genealogy & Local History Department. Titles from the index that have been digitized are available via the Local History Index tag. 

  

Local History Index

Audubon's Birds of America

Birds of America consists of 435 plates, bound in four volumes. Each plate was hand colored in London under the direction of Audubon and engraver Robert Havell, Jr. The book is referred to as a double elephant folio due to its size. At 21.5 x 39.5 inches and 40 pounds it is one of the largest and heaviest books in our collection. Our …

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Audubon's Birds of America

Audubon's Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America were originally issued in 30 parts from 1845-1848 and were drawn from nature by John James and John Woodhouse Audubon. The drawings were printed and colored by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia. Plate LXXVIII (Black-tailed Deer) is missing from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton …

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Audubon's Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

City & County Directories

Directories for cities and counties in Ohio and Kentucky, 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.  All directories in the collection are full-text searchable and can be downloaded for …

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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 those encompassing early shipping and trade routes relative to the Cincinnati area. All directories in the collection are full-text searchable and can …

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Business, Shipping & Trade Directories

Cincinnati Panorama of 1848

On September 24, 1848, Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter set up their camera on a rooftop in Newport, Kentucky and panned across the Ohio River capturing on eight separate daguerreotype plates a panorama of the nation's sixth largest city, Cincinnati. The Daguerreotype View of Cincinnati, which came to be known as the …

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Cincinnati Panorama of 1848

Cincinnati Businesses

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

Cincinnati Businesses

Cincinnati Prints

 

A collection of articles and prints from a variety of late 19th century and early 20th century publications, including Architectural Forum, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Harper's Weekly, Illustrated Graphic News, Scientific American, and Um die Welt.

A full listing of contents for each box in this collection …

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Cincinnati Prints

Greater Cincinnati Memory Project

 

In Spring 2000, the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium (now SWON Libraries) successfully completed a year-long pilot project, making nearly 6,000 local history images available on the World Wide Web. Seven participating libraries and museums (providing collections and local funds) and five co-sponsors (providing local funds) were …

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Greater Cincinnati Memory Project

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

19th Century Photography

This collection features examples of early photographic techniques including tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes from the Carol Cronk Cole and William Southgate Porter collections. In 1848, Porter along with his partner Charles Fontayne, captured the famous daquerreotype view of Cincinnati, a panorama consisting of eight plates now …

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19th Century Photography

Althea Hurst Scrapbook

This 1938 scrapbook documents the journey of four Cincinnati school teachers: Althea Hurst, Laura Knight, Margaret Duncan, and Martha Bush. This trip took the teachers to Canada, Northern Europe, Nazi Germany, Eastern Europe, and France. The purpose of this trip was to give authenticity to what they had read and compare their findings to …

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Althea Hurst Scrapbook

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

Children's Books

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

Children's Books

Finding Aids & Inventories

Finding aids, collection guides, and inventories.

Finding Aids & Inventories

General Works & Social Sciences

General reference materials and those related to library & information sciences, organized groups & associations, social sciences, publishing, mythology and manuscripts.

General Works & Social Sciences

History & Geography

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

History & Geography

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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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