The Advocacy and Outreach Committee is happy to announce the top ten photographs selected by you (SOA membership)! These ten photos are in the running to be included in the final poster. Stay tuned for this year’s poster as we get closer to October and Archives Month. Posters will be mailed to members by the end of September.
Thank you to all that submitted! We could not do this without people / institutions who submit such interesting photographs.
Congrats to the University of Akron Archives and Special Collections and to Dayton History for their images being in the top 3.
The top ten images as selected by you were:
- Members of the Akron Chapter of the NAACP pose in front of a bus used to transport Akronites on a freedom ride to Anniston, Alabama. In 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) undertook Freedom Rides by racially integrated groups through the South to test the enforcement of a newly enacted court order prohibiting segregation in interstate bus terminals. The riders met fierce resistance and hostility in several states with the worst violence occurring in Alabama where the riders were attacked and badly beaten after their bus was bombed and set on fire. While CORE called off the ride, other civil rights activists—including this contingent from Akron—rushed to Anniston and other parts of the Deep South to support the Freedom Riders and helped continue their cause.
- The Goodyear blimps Reliance, Puritan, and Enterprise fly over downtown Cleveland including Terminal Tower during the Great Lakes Exposition. The Exposition, which occurred in 1936-1937, coincided with the centennial of Cleveland’s incorporation. It attracted 7 million visitors to downtown Cleveland and helped draw the city out of the Great Depression.
- Group of men racing their horse-drawn sleighs down West First Street in Dayton, Ohio, after a heavy snow in 1910.
- The bicycle has a long history of being an important mode of transportation on the Oberlin College campus. This rider appears to have mastered the “wheelie” trick, although we do not have any photos of the aftermath!
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower waving from a Baltimore and Ohio railroad’s special train’s caboose as he leaves Defiance after a visit to Defiance College to lay the cornerstone for the College’s new library on October 15, 1953. The Baltimore and Ohio was one of the oldest U.S. railroads, reaching the Ohio River from the Atlantic coast in 1852. It merged into CSX in the 1980s.
- Head Librarian at Dayton Public Library, Electra C. Doren, established one of the first book mobiles in the United States. Staff members are from left to right: Janet L. Hannaford, Mildred Adams Linskey, Grace Althoff, Electra C. Doren, Reba Boomershine, Emma Davis, Helen M. Tattershall and Mayer Griswold who was also the driver of the wagon.
- The first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight on December 17, 1903, by Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio.
- Defiance College owned a hot air balloon in the late 1960s and 1970s, and used it to teach Ohio’s first college course on ballooning. CBS News filmed a story on it which aired on national television in 1970.
- The canals lining the streets of Cincinnati created transportation hubs, odd jobs, and a reputed “rough crowd” during the whole of the 19th century. Although the usage of the canals was mainly discontinued due to the continual flooding of the early 20th century, and the advanced changes in the city’s transportation developments; the canals continue to hold a special place in the hearts of Cincinnatians to this very day.
- Defiance College’s men’s glee club on tour of New England in 1926, in an early form of bus. Defiance College holds other photographs from the same trip of the men having to push this vehicle out of the mud. The sign inside the spare tire says “Defiance College Men’s Glee Club.”
Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee
Questions? Contact the committee at [email protected].
Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Emily Gainer