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A Database of Historical Images of Downtown Oberlin


With funding from the Ohio Humanities Council and the Stocker Foundation, the Electronic Oberlin Group and the Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization are in the process of developing a searchable and Web-accessible electronic database of images of downtown Oberlin.

If you have images that you are willing to share with us, please contact Marilyn Fedelchak Harley at O.H.I.O. (phone 774-1700 or e-mail History@oberlin.net).

Below is a very small sampling of the nearly 400 images we have collected as of October 25, 2000.

Contributor: June Bailey
Mock Republican Convention on Tappan Square, 1940, featuring Freda, the elephant

Contributor: John Gorske
H.B. Dobyns Store, n.d.

Contributor: John Gorske
Gayter's Ice Skating, ca. 1920s-30s

Contributor: Dennis Kirin
South End Hose Company, ca. 1890s

Contributor: B. Locke/O.H.I.O.
Blizzard of November, 1913

Contributor: Barbara Molyneaux
Interior of Watson's Hardware, late 1800s