About Us

The Hudson Library & Historical Society identifies, preserves, and provides access to records that document the founding, history, and ongoing activities and functions of Hudson, Ohio, from its founding in 1799 to today.

The Historical Society maintains the only comprehensive manuscript, genealogy, and artifact collection of Hudson and is dedicated to educating the community about the town’s rich history through outreach, research, and events.

Collection highlights

John Brown

One of the nation’s largest research collections on abolitionist John Brown and the Brown family.


Extensive manuscript holdings documenting the history of Hudson, Ohio, from its founding in 1799 to today. Holdings include founding families, local organizations, businesses and other records.


Vast collection of genealogy materials with an emphasis on sources for the Eastern United States and especially Ohio. 


Dedicated to educating the public about the history of Hudson through a variety of engaging activities for all ages.


  • Virtual and in-person walking tours offered from May through October led by trained archivists on a variety of topics.
  • Regular educational lectures both within the library and in the community on genealogy, local history, and preservation taught by experts in the field.
  • Tours and workshops for local educators and students.


  • Permanent and rotating educational exhibits throughout the library featuring items from the Historical Society’s collections.


  • Partnership with local organizations such as the Hudson Genealogy Study Group (HGSG) to offer a variety of regular lectures and meetings on genealogical research.
  • Internships and other hands-on engagement projects with students actively pursuing an archives degree or specialization (when available).
  • Volunteer opportunities (when available).