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The Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library is, by law, the archives for the State of Ohio. As such, we collect, preserve, and make available to the public, documents pertaining to the operation of state and local governments.


Legislative Records Transfer Form (Acrobat PDF will load in a new browser window and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Local Government Records Program
Through the Local Government Records Program, the State Archives provides advice and assistance to local government agencies regarding records management, electronic records and archival issues.

Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB)
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board is the central body for historical records planning in the state. Board members are appointed by the governor and represent Ohio's public and private archives, records offices, and research institutions. Administrative responsibility for the board rests with the Ohio Historical Society's Archives/Library Division. The board also acts as the state-level review body for grants submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), in accordance with that commission's guidelines

Ohio Electronic Records Committee
State Archives, in conjunction with Ohio's Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), formed the Electronic Records Committee (ERC) to draft policy and guidelines for electronic records.
Digital Document Imaging Guidelines
Electronic Records Management Guidelines
Electronic Records Policy
General Schedules for Electronic Records
Managing Electronic Mail
Trustworthy Information Systems Handbook

For more information and to learn about ongoing projects, please visit the ERC website at

State Archives Finding Aids
Online versions of finding aids for selected record series held by State Archives. Organized by state agency.

Digitization Projects
State Archives staff have worked to increase access to resources by digitizing and making historical materials available online.

Ohio Vital Information for Libraries (OVIL)

Ohio Online Death Index
Search the online, digitized version of the Ohio Death Index, 1913-1937, to find information about persons who died during those years. Using the Index information, a researcher can later obtain a copy of the death certificate itself, which holds further information.

Ohio Revised Code

Portions of the Ohio Revised Code that deal with records

Ohio's Laws, Rules and Current Constitution
The Ohio General Assembly has teamed with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to provide Ohio's Laws, Rules and Constitution on the Internet as a free service to the public.

Guidelines for offsite reference and vital records requests, see

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