The Papers of George B. Barbour, Geologist, World Traveler, and Teacher

A Chinese Boat Woman and her Baby from a latern slide Barbour used in his classes
A Chinese Boat Woman and her Baby from a latern slide Barbour used in his classes

Professor George Barbour was an internationally-known geologist and educator, whose life was filled with adventure.  Barbour traveled the world for the first time at age 21, served in the First World War, and was involved with the research group that discovered the “Peking Man.”  His papers, which are part of the University Archives collection in the Archives and Rare Books Library, contain correspondence, photographs, field diaries, and teaching materials which illustrate both his personal and professional life. Continue reading The Papers of George B. Barbour, Geologist, World Traveler, and Teacher

St. John's Unitarian Church Records: Searching the History of one of Cincinnati's Oldest Churches

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The Confirmation class of 1903 with Rev. H.G. Eisenlohr

The Archives and Rare Books Library holds the records of a few local churches, including St. John’s Unitarian Church, one of Cincinnati’s oldest houses of worship.  This church’s rich history began in 1814 when Joseph Zaeslin (also spelled Zaeslein), a Moravian minister, organized a church for German immigrants in Cincinnati under the name The German Evangelical and Reformed Church.   The history of this church is important to both Cincinnati’s religious history and to the history of Cincinnati’s German-American community. Continue reading St. John's Unitarian Church Records: Searching the History of one of Cincinnati's Oldest Churches

SERVICE NOTICE

UPDATE: All services have been restored.

Please note that on Saturday, December 19th from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm electric power to Langsam Library will be out for planned maintenance. This power outage will cause the UC Libraries Web site, the Library Catalog, and Interlibrary Loan services through ILLiad to be inaccessible during this time.

In addition, UCit@Langsam will be closed 5:00 am to 1:00 pm because of the power outage.

Thank you for your patience.

Action Housing for Greater Cincinnati Records Fully Processed and Available for Research

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A building on the corner of 13th and Race Streets, which was rehabbed.

The late 1960s saw a myriad of social reforms as part of the War on Poverty.  Cincinnati was not immune to this movement, and among the many efforts to improve the plight of the poor in the city, was an attempt to increase the availability of safe and adequate housing for low-income individuals. 

For this purpose, Action Housing for Greater Cincinnati was formed in September of 1968 by the Cincinnati City Council and local business interests.  Although the organization only lasted until the early 1970s, Action Housing was responsible for building or rehabilitating approximately 1,700 living units for low income families in Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati Birth and Death Record Availability

One of the many filing cabinets filled with birth and death records.
One of the many filing cabinets filled with birth and death records.

Digitization has begun on the City of Cincinnati’s birth and death records prior to 1909.  For the next several months, portions of the records will be unavailable for research while they are being digitized.  If you wish to view any of the birth and death records, please contact the Archives and Rare Books Library by phone at 513-556-1959 or by email at archives@ucmail.uc.edu to ensure that the records are available.  Also, please be aware that replies to research requests may be delayed while certain records are inaccessible.  Further information on these records and guidelines for submitting a research request can be found on the Archives and Rare Books Library website.  Full web access to the digitized records should be available by Summer 2010.

Cazden German-Americana Collection Now Catalogued and Onsite

cazden_bookplateIn 2002, the University of Cincinnati Libraries was bequeathed an outstanding collection of books from the personal library of Robert E. Cazden, professor emeritus of library science at the University of Kentucky and a noted scholar on German-American history and literature. The portion of these materials that pertain to German-American studies – more than 1400 volumes – has now been fully catalogued and added to the German-Americana Collection in the Archives & Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati.  This acquisition maintains the position of the German-Americana Collection as one of the premier libraries on this subject in the world. Continue reading Cazden German-Americana Collection Now Catalogued and Onsite

Searching for Archival Collections?

Archives and Rare Books Library Stacks
Archives and Rare Books Library Stacks

Are you thinking about doing some archival research this fall?  If so, both the Archives and Rare Books Library and the Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions have a new way for you to find archival collections at the University of Cincinnati and across Ohio: Encoded Archival Description, or EAD.  The OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository available at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/, allows you to search archival collections across the State of Ohio, including those at the University of Cincinnati.

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