Reference Services

If distance or scheduling conflicts do not allow you to come to the Center for Archival Collections yourself, we can still try to help you find the answer to your question. Ask an Archivist!


Patrons requesting general information about the CAC's manuscripts, newspapers, and other holdings can contact us by email. Requests for our search service must include the name of the individual to be searched for, the type and location of record, and the dates to be searched. Queries which lack this data will be delayed.  


The minimum service fee is $25.00 per hour for a maximum of two hours. This includes up to four copies free of charge. Thereafter, the cost of photocopies is an additional $.15 per page. Inquiries or photocopy requests requiring more than two hours of staff time must be negotiated in advance. We can now accept credit card payments. Patrons' credit cards will be billed for search time, additional photocopies, postage/handling, and 6.5% sales tax (Ohio residents only) prior to receipt of material. Please note that many of the Center's original materials are too fragile to photocopy or reproduce.

For local government records ONLY: If the patron has a correct, exact citation for a record (county, office, record group, volume, and page number), staff will copy up to four (4) pages per request at a cost of $5.00, which includes postage and handling. If the patron does not have an exact citation, OR if the citation given is incorrect, the $25.00 per hour fee structure will be in effect. Note: Obituaries, manuscripts, and books are not local government records. Please allow 30 days for response from the CAC.

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