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Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor








YHC Archives/Library

Archives/Library at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, located at 151 W. Wood Street in downtown Youngstown, announces its summer hours. Effective May 15 - August 15, 2012, the Archives/Library will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon - 4:00 PM and the first and third Saturdays of the month, noon - 4:00 PM. Evening hours will resume fall semester, August 16, 2012. Museum hours remain Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10: AM - 4:00 PM and Saturday, noon - 4:00 PM.

The Archives/Library will be closed Wednesday July 4 and Saturday September 1.

Ohio Memory Project

The Youngstown Historical Center Archives/Library is proud to announce its participation in the Ohio Memory Project. The Ohio Memory Project commemorates Ohio's bicentennial by providing online access to the Buckeye State's historical treasures including photographs, letters, government records, and other historic artifacts. Items from the collections of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Archives/Library can be viewed here.

The Archives/Library research facility houses local government records as well as materials relating to the iron and steel industries in northeastern Ohio and the development of organized labor. At this time, the county records, selected Ohio death records, selected manuscript materials, and videotaped oral histories are available for research. Other materials will be made available on an ongoing basis.

Use of the archives is free and open to the public. Research requests may also be submitted to the archives by mail or email. The archives' mailing address is:

History Department - YSU,
Attn: YHCIL Archives,
One University Plaza,
Youngstown, OH 44555

The email address is
For more information on mail and email requests, including guidelines and fees, please visit The Ohio Historical Society's Archives/Library page.

In addition to manuscript collections from corporations and labor unions such as the United Steelworkers of America, District 27, Subdistrict 6, the Archives/Library also holds and collects personal papers of local residents, oral history interviews with workers and managers, films and videos on steelmaking, numerous photographs, blueprints, newspapers on microfilm, and reference books on industrial and labor history.

Audio-Visual Collections
Death Records
Local Government Records
Manuscript Collections Finding Aids
Online Holdings Catalog (OPAC)
Oral Histories
YHCIL Archives-Library Collection Focus statement

Local Government Records
The Youngstown Center is a part of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, which gives it authority to collect and make available local government records from six counties in eastern Ohio. The six counties are: Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, and Carroll.

Online Collection Catalog
Holdings of the Youngstown Historical Center are listed in The Ohio Historical Society Online Collection Catalog.

The Youngstown Historical Center is located at 151 W. Wood Street in Youngstown, Mahoning County. Wood Street is located between Wick Avenue and Fifth Avenue. It is one block North of downtown and two blocks South of Youngstown State University.

Wednesday - Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm, Thursdays, 12 pm to 7 pm and the first and third Saturday of the month 12 pm to 4pm (Effective October 7, 2011).

For questions about the YHC A/L, write History Department - YSU, Attn: YHCIL Archives, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555; or call (330) 941-1433; or e-mail


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