LOCAL HISTORY
HIGHLIGHTS

The Hudson Library & Historical Society maintains an extensive local history collection, focusing primarily on Ohio, with particular emphasis on Hudson, Ohio, and Summit County. The local history collection includes:

Manuscript Collections »

Over 200 unique manuscript collections, including the papers and records of Hudson citizens and organizations.

Local Newspapers »

Virtually a complete run of Hudson newspapers from 1828 to the present and 19th century area newspapers like the Ravenna Republican and the Summit County Beacon. A searchable index of the newspapers is available in the library.

House Research »

Various resources on historic homes in the area including city directories, maps, deed indices, tax records, and research reports.

John Brown Research »

Books, artifacts, manuscripts, and genealogical materials related to John Brown and the anti-slavery movement.

City Directories »

Hudson telephone and city directories from 1917.

County Histories »

County histories of Ohio and surrounding states.

Necrology File »

A file of obituaries of Hudson residents.

Yearbooks »

Yearbooks of Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy.

Hudson Imprints & Authors »

Hudson imprints collection of books printed in Hudson. Hudson authors collection features books written by Hudson authors.

A Brief History of Hudson

Hudson is part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, a 120 mile strip in the northeast corner of what is now the State of Ohio. Claimed by Connecticut until 1795, the land in this region was sold to potential pioneers by the Connecticut Land Company through a land lottery. David Hudson and five business partners—Birdsey and Nathaniel Norton, Theodore Parmelee, Stephen Baldwin, and Benjamin Oviatt–purchased land rights to the township designated Range 10, Town 4 in the Western Reserve.

Explore Hudson History

Brief histories of notable citizens, locations, and events shaping Hudson’s history.

VIRTUAL WALKING TOURS

The Underground Railroad & the Anti-Slavery Movement in Hudson

Hudson, once called the “citadel of abolitionism,” was an active stop on the Underground Railroad and was the childhood home of abolitionist John Brown. Features 16 stops (and 9 bonus stops) at key sites that played a part in the anti-slavery movement in the town. 

Timelines

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Hudson Library History

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WEstern Reserve College

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