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One of my colleagues, Ann Marie Smeraldi, has assembled HERE a nice page of helpful tips on starting research projects and using our resources.
Maps of Cleveland Historic Districts
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.
Information about historical and contemporary maps and map-related happenings in and about Cleveland and the Western Reserve region of northeastern Ohio.
Cleveland Historical Maps: ERSI's "PeopleMaps"
Maps from 8 historic periods a couple of older aerial photos and a contemporary aerial photo are here dynamically interconnected. The four squares in the red menu bar gives access to those different layers.
Early Atlases of Cleveland
The single most useful type of map for local history research is the commercial atlas, such as those publised by the Sanborn Map Co.and the G.M. Hopkins Co. Here is a listing of which ones were published and which ones are available on-line.
Home Owner Loan Agency (HOLA) Red Line Maps
Maps of Ohio cities depicting the desirability of various parts of town for underwriting mortgages.
NE Ohio Map Collections
Other major map collections, including those mentioned above.
Rails and Trails
Here is a site full of digital maps of Northeast Ohio.
First Published Map of Cleveland (1835) by Ahaz Merchant
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.