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photo of a Quilt The Society's history collection documents the people, events, and activities of Ohio's historic period from 1650 to the present. The collection numbers approximately 300,000 individual objects, ranging from historic Native American materials to items that commemorate Ohioan Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon.

Large collections include textiles (10,200), furniture (2,500), military accouterments (1,700), domestic implements (22,430), pharmaceutical items (8,000), and hand tools and farm equipment (3,000). Outstanding collections are Midwestern glass (3,000), Ohio ceramics (1,500), and Currier and Ives prints (200). During recent years, the Society has acquired the Greeneville Treaty wampum belt; three early automobiles; an extensive selection of mid-twentieth century domestic artifacts; objects related to the state's twentieth century steel, rubber, and glass industries; and items associated with the civil rights and women's rights movements. The Society is actively collecting twentieth century material in all categories to document the history of the past century.

You can also access the database for our Online Collection Catalog via your computer. Click your mouse here to connect the catalog, or click on the small print header at the top of any OHS web page that says: "Go to the Online Collection Catalog." You can search for records of any of the over 230,000 entries from the museum collections (archaeology, history, or natural history) as well as all of our Library/Archives records.


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