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Ohio, to me, has always been that state you drive through to get somewhere else (sorry Ohioans!), and I almost had the same experience with their digital archives. You have to look carefully to notice what's there, but once you do, there's a good deal to appreciate. 

The
Ohio Historical Society Archives houses the official archives so there's a big focus on government materials, along with assorted other online collections. Their "Digitization Projects" include:
There's also the multimedia collection (mostly photos) of the Joe Munroe Archives, a photojournalist, film maker, and environmental activist

Family history types will appreciate the Ohio Online Death Index, 1913-1937...the index information will allow you to order a copy of the death certificate. 

Over at Ohio Memory you can browse or search a substantial collection of the usual: postcards, posters, brochures, photos and all sorts of other ephemera that make up a state's history. Good luck with the subject directory, which is a large unwieldy list, but you can also search for specific items or take advantage of some of subsets of materials:

Ohio Timelines, with a choice of Ohio’s Founding and Early Statehood or The War of 1812.

“Then And Now” Maps for comparing old and new Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland 

or any of the following Select Topics, each with a link to a summary write-up (PDF) along with actual archive materials:
  • African Americans in Ohio
  • Agriculture
  • American Indians
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Business and Labor
  • Civil Liberties
  • Climate and Weather
  • Daily Life 
  • Education
  • Geography and Natural Resources
  • Government
  • Immigration and Ethnic Heritage 
  • Literary Ohio 
  • Military
  • Plants and Animals
  • Presidents and Politics
  • Religion 
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports
  • Transportation
  • Women

Two other tidbits to check out from other sources: 

Newspaper archives, covering everything from the Akron Daily Democrat, and the Anti-Slavery Bugle, to the Xenia Sentinel

The Cincinnati Library has a nice collection of old city directories to view or download:

  • 1819 Farnsworth Cincinnati directory
  • 1825 Hall Cincinnati directory
  • 1829 Robinson & Fairbank Cincinnati directory
  • 1831 Robinson & Fairbank Cincinnati directory
  • 1834 Deming Cincinnati city directory
  • 1836-7 Cincinnati directory advertiser
  • 1839-40 Shaffer's Cincinnati directory
  • 1842 Cist Cincinnati directory
  • 1843 Cist Cincinnati directory
  • 1844 Cincinnati business directory; as also, the regular city directory, with a supplement...
  • 1846 Cincinnati business directory for the year [pub. R.P. Brooks]
  • 1846 Robinson & Jones Cincinnati directory
  • 1848-49 Williams' Cincinnati business directory
  • 1849-50 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1850-51 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1851-52 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1853 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1855 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1856 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1857 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1858 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1859 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1860 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1861 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1862 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1863 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1864 Williams' Cincinnati directory
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  • 1866 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1867 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1868 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1869 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1870 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1871 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1872 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1873 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1874 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1875 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1876 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1877 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1878 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1879 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1880 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1881 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1882 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1882 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1883 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1883 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1884 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1884 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1885 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1885 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1886 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1886 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1887 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1887-88 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1888 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1888-89 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1889 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1889 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1890 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1890 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1891 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1891 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1892 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1892 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1893 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1893 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1894 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1894 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1895 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1895 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1896 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1896 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1897 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1897 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1898 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1898 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1899 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1899 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1900 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1900 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1901 Williams' Cincinnati business directory
  • 1901 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1902 Illustrated business directory and picturesque Cincinnati
  • 1902 Williams' Cincinnati business directory
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  • 1903 Williams' Cincinnati business directory
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  • 1913 Williams' Cincinnati business directory
  • 1913 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1914 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1915 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1915 Williams' Cincinnati industrial, mercantile and professional register
  • 1915 Williams' Cincinnati industrial, mercantile and professional register v.02
  • 1916 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1917 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1917 Williams' Cincinnati industrial, mercantile and professional register
  • 1918 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1918 Williams' Cincinnati industrial, mercantile and professional register
  • 1919 Williams' Cincinnati directory
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  • 1921 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1922 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1923 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1924 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1925 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1926-27 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1927-28 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1928-29 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1929-30 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1930-31 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1931-32 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1932-33 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1933-34 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1935 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1936-37 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1938 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1939 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1940 Williams' Cincinnati directory
  • 1941 Williams' Cincinnati directory

More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources:

 Historical Newspaper Archives          Ancestry.com       

 Genealogy Tools                                US Historical Newspapers        


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