Cuyahoga County opens new archive location
CLEVELAND, Ohio — After years of planning and delays, Cuyahoga County on Thursday formally opened the renovated building that serves as the new home of the county’s archive.
The building is at Perkins Avenue and East 40th Street in Cleveland’s Midtown District. The archive was previously headquartered in a 144-year-old mansion on Franklin Boulevard on the city’s West Side, though some documents were stored in a least five other county buildings.
The archive has been closed to the public since February, when records were moved to the Halle Brothers Warehouse in anticipation of the move.
The archive includes records of births, deaths, marriages as well as other documents dating to the early 19th century, making it a resource for residents interested in local history or family genealogy. It also includes government documents from the region’s past, such as the first county commissioner’s journal from May 1810, said county archivist Dr. Judith Cetina.
The building features museum-style history displays, shelves of local records, computers, WiFi access, and plenty of table and desk space for researchers to use.
“This makes it easier for the public to access our history,” County Executive Armond Budish said at the Thursday opening. “The more our citizenry understands our history, the better we can do for our future.”
The move comes nearly five years after County Council agreed to sell the old archive building for $650,000 to Welcome House Inc., which planned to convert the building into housing for people with developmental disabilities.
The new facility is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Archivists continue working on Tuesdays and can help residents with requests for information, but the building itself is not open to the public.
Anyone interested in tracking information through the archive can call staff at 216-443-7250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found at their website.