2019 OHRAB Achievement Award Recipients

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2019 OHRAB Achievement Award are the City of Westlake Council Office and the Lakewood Historical Society.

In 2010, the Clerk of Council of the City of Westlake, Denise Rosenbaum, began to scan the city’s meeting minutes and legislation dating back over one hundred years.  She painstakingly indexed the city’s records and made them accessible through the city’s website.  Once the council’s records were completed in 2017, the Clerk collaborated with the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Cleveland Public Library to scan the nineteenth-century records of Dover Township, from which Westlake originated, also making them available on the city’s website. The Clerk rehoused the city’s records in custom-made archival boxes and stored them in a climate-controlled library in the Council office where they open to the public.  OHRAB honors the Clerk of Council of the City of Westlake, Denise Rosenbaum, for her dedication to preserving the history and records of the City of Westlake and making them available to its citizens and future generations.

In 2019, the Lakewood Historical Society opened the Haber Family Center for History.  Since 1952, the archival collections of the historical society were stored in a stone house built in 1834.  In the 1970s, a basement was added to this building and the society’s collections were moved there.  Over time, the basement began to flood due to problems with the sewer drain system.  After a flood in 2014, the Society’s Board of Directors began searching for an improved storage facility. This building, the Haber Family Center for History, gives the Society, for the first time in its history, a secure, controlled environment to store its archival collections while giving its patrons an accessible area to conduct research.  OHRAB applauds the Lakewood Historical Society for the creation of the Haber Family Center for History, where the Society’s archival collections are now preserved and accessible to all.

Nominations Open for 2019 Archival Achievement Award

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records, in any format, by an Ohio archival institution.

All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collections are eligible. Eligible accomplishments include recent special projects or on-going programs that:

  • build significant collections
  • implement successful preservation strategies
  • enhance access to archives
  • develop effective digitization programs

Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other institutions.

Because the award recognizes institutional achievements, individuals are not eligible. Departments employing members of OHRAB are not eligible, but other departments in their institutions are eligible.

Send nominations via email or U.S. mail to:

Tina Ratcliff

County Records & Information Manager
Montgomery County Records Center & Archives
117 South Main Street

P.O. Box 972
Dayton, OH 45422
937.225.6366 

ratclifft@mcohio.org

Deadline October 1, 2019

More information can be found on our Achievement Awards page…

2019 Ohio History Day Awards

OHRAB congratulates the following recipients of the board’s History Day awards:

  • Andrea Harrison, Lauren Sheperd and Athena Vadnal for Jesse Owens and America’s Discrimination (senior category website)
  • Ehren Collins for Collinwood’s Call to Action: The Collinwood School Fire Tragedy and Its Impact on Fire Safety (junior category paper)

The OHRAB History Day Award encourages student research projects that demonstrate exceptional use of Ohio primary sources. Ohio primary sources are those either created in Ohio or held in an Ohio repository and represent a first-­‐hand account contemporaneous with the events or people researched.

2018 OHRAB Achievement Award Recipients

OHRAB is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2018 OHRAB Achievement Award are the Licking County Records Center and Archives and the Warren County Records Center and Archives.

The Licking County Records Center and Archives is recognized for its commitment to expanding access to Ohio’s public records.  In particular the Licking County Records Center and Archives was cited for its cataloging project and its outreach initiatives, such as hosting a community scanning day and improving the reference area at its new facility.

The Warren County Records Center and Archives is recognized for its work furthering the digital accessibility and the archival preservation of Ohio’s public records.  By processing, indexing and digitizing records such as wills, estates, and commissioner journal indexes, the Warren County Records Center and Archives increased access to its records while preserving the original documents.

OHRAB congratulates both these two institutions for their work as leaders in improving the preservation and access of public records in Ohio!

Nominations open for 2018 OHRAB Achievement Award

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records, in any format, by an Ohio archival institution.

All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collections are eligible. Eligible accomplishments include recent special projects or on-going programs that:

  • build significant collections
  • implement successful preservation strategies
  • enhance access to archives
  • develop effective digitization programs

Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other institutions.

Because the award recognizes institutional achievements, individuals are not eligible. Departments employing members of OHRAB are not eligible, but other departments in their institutions are eligible.

Deadline October 1, 2018

More information can be found on our Achievement Awards page…

2018 Ohio History Day Awards

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) is pleased to congratulate students Alison Lupton, Natalie Green, Caitlan Bocks and Van Weinmann as winners of OHRAB’s 2018 Ohio History Day Awards.

The OHRAB History Day Award was developed to encourage high school student research projects that demonstrate exceptional use of Ohio primary sources. Ohio primary sources are those either created in Ohio or held in an Ohio repository and represent a first-­‐hand account contemporaneous with the events or people researched.

More information on these winning projects and the program can be found on our History Day Awards page.

OHRAB Achievement Award Presented to Franklin County Children Services

Congratulations to Franklin County Children Services for receiving the 2017 OHRAB Achievement Award!  Franklin County Children Services was recognized for its project inventorying and cataloging a large volume of historical records documenting the history of the agency.  This included board meeting minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures and other documents.  Following this project these records are now preserved and more accessible.

From left, board member Fred Previts with Franklin County Children Services Records Manager Roger Hansen and Director of Data Management Kathleen Dalton.

Nominations open for 2017 OHRAB Achievement Award

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records, in any format, by an Ohio archival institution.

All Ohio institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collections are eligible. Eligible accomplishments include recent special projects or on-going programs that:

  • build significant collections
  • implement successful preservation strategies
  • enhance access to archives
  • develop effective digitization programs

Preference will be given to projects or programs that can be adapted for use by other institutions.

Because the award recognizes institutional achievements, individuals are not eligible. Departments employing members of OHRAB are not eligible, but other departments in their institutions are eligible.

Deadline October 12, 2017

More information can be found on our Achievement Awards page…

2017 OHRAB History Day Awards

OHRAB is pleased to congratulate students Ian Riddle and Connor Stanton as recipients of the board’s 2017 History Day Awards.

The OHRAB History Day Award recognizes research projects that demonstrate exceptional use of Ohio primary sources.  Ohio primary sources are those either created in Ohio or held in an Ohio repository and represent a first-hand account contemporaneous with events or people researched.

Riddle was recognized in the Senior category for his paper “How Can You Run When You Know?” Neil Young’s “Ohio”, the Kent State Incident, and Musical Protest During the Vietnam War.  Stanton received the OHRAB History Day Award in the Junior category for his paper Sheppard v. Maxwell: The Right to a Fair Trial Takes the Stand.

More information on these projects and the awards program can be found on our History Day Awards page.

OHRAB 2016 Achievement Award presented to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

OHRAB 2016 Achievement Award presented to Greene County Records Center and Archives

Representatives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives receive one of two 2016 Achievement Awards from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB). Pictured are Director of Archives Jennie Thomas; Senior Director of Library and Archives Andy Leach; and OHRAB Board Member Meghan Hays (Shaker Heights Public Library).