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History of Cleveland & Northeast Ohio: Using Maps

Resources about the history of greater Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

Research Basics

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Maps of Cleveland Historic Districts

Using Maps

Maps are subjective cultural documents of great value in the study of local history. There are many types of maps in the holdings of institutions in northeastern Ohio. Selecting the right one for a particular research project will depend upon what type of information is being sought, but for most purposes the highly-detailed commercial atlas maps issued by the G.M. Hopkins Company, the Sanborn Map Company, or several minor firms in the nineteenth century will prove most useful for researching Cleveland history.

First Published Map of Cleveland (1835) by Ahaz Merchant

Published by Nathan Currier, of Currier & Ives fame, in the first year of his business

Published in 1835 by Nathan Currier, later of Currier & Ives fame, in the first year of his business.  Ahaz Merchant was the Cleveland City Surveyor.