The Local History Room at the Harris-Elmore Public Library has been in operation for over 40 years due to the painstaking research of local historian Grace Luebke. Housed here are numerous historical documents that are helpful to the expert genealogist or the curious patron. Obituaries, naturalization records, photographs, and news articles, etc. can be found for Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, and Erie Counties in a range of dates.
A complete list of holdings is currently being compiled and can be viewed on this site by clicking below.
This site holds a vast number of our collections in a digital format that is searchable. This is made possible by a grant in 2009, from the Ottawa County Community Foundation and a partnership with the Ohio History Connection's Ohio Memory Project. This project was also funded in part by an LSTA grant that partners with 11 other Ohio Libraries through NORWELD. All of our digital collections can also be found at Ohio Memory.
The Grace Luebke Local History Room has numerous volunteer opportunities for people interested in history, genealogy, archives, or librarianship. Volunteers can help out in the following areas:
Scanning materials for the digital collection
Typing Metadata into our online database
Processing collections in our archives (repairing documents, organizing & boxing, writing descriptions, sorting information for research)
Preparing Finding Aids for collections
Transcribing handwritten material
Cutting & Pasting news clippings and obituaries
There is also many other areas volunteers may be of use. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.