About and Purpose
Avon Lake Local History Collection @ Avon Lake Public Library
The purpose of the Avon Lake Local History Collection is to preserve the past, present, and future documentary history of Avon Lake, Ohio (Lorain County, Ohio), and to provide access to this history for the research needs of residents, students, and scholars of Avon Lake history.
Located at and archived by Avon Lake Public Library, the Collection includes both original materials and reproductions in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, books, manuscripts, photographs, postcards and correspondence, newspapers and periodicals, maps, realia, sound recordings, films, and electronic media (analog and digital).
The Collection dates from c.1890 to the present day. Most of the material in the Collection is dated within the years spanning 1920 to 1990.
The Library and the Collection
Avon Lake Public Library, which first opened its doors in 1931 when the population of Avon Lake was just over 1,600, grew as the city grew. Today it serves a population of over 22,600 residents. The Library is committed to its role in the collection, preservation and organization of Avon Lake’s rich historical past.
In 2008, the Library began to actively collect local history materials when it contracted with Arcadia Publishing to write the Avon Lake book for its Images of America series. In order to gather more Avon Lake photographs for the book, the Library put out repeated calls for both current and former residents to come forward with their personal photos and histories. Not only did they bring their photographs, they brought other documents and realia, as well; most of it was given freely to the Library for archiving and preservation. Published in August 2011, Images of America: Avon Lake was written by the Library’s assistant director on behalf of the Friends of Avon Lake Public Library and the Avon Lake Historical Society.
Note: Many of the photographs included in the book and in the Library’s possession have been uploaded to the Avon Lake page on the website for the Cleveland Memory Project at www.clevelandmemory.org/avonlake. The Cleveland Memory Project is an undertaking of the Cleveland State University Libraries with the goal of improving “the civic life of Northeast Ohio.”