Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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May 12

Ohio Internship and Co-Op Appreciation Day

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 3:57 PM by Jessica Cromer

Section 5.255 of the Ohio Revised Code designates the second Tuesday of April as “Ohio Internship and Co-Op Appreciation Day” to raise awareness of the value of internship and co-op opportunities.

The Greene County Archives truly values our interns and all that they do to assist us. In the last year our interns have helped us identify and prep nearly two hundred boxes of Probate records for microfilming, assisted with relocating boxes for the installation of our mobile shelving, written several blog posts, written numerous social media posts, inventoried and organized our maps, assisted with inventorying microfiche that had been infected with vinegar syndrome, and helped us create some great exhibits. In addition to all of their hard work, they have had opportunities to attend a variety of local government and professional meetings including: Greene County Records Commission, Greene County Board of County Commissioners, Miami Valley Archivist Roundtable, and the Society of Ohio Archivists. Our interns also have an opportunity to attend Ohio Statehood Day each year at the Ohio Statehouse.

Our current interns are Erix Infante and Kristina Richey. Erix is finishing up his first year as a graduate student at Wright State University and is concentrating in Public History. Before moving to the Dayton area, Erix interned at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Columbus Jewish Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio. Erix is currently helping out with our social media posts and has begun a full inventory of all of the maps in our collection.

Kristina is currently finishing up her Masters in Library Science, with a concentration in Archives Management, from Simmons College. Kristina currently works as a Patron Services Assistant at the Dayton Metro Library and has volunteer experience at the Wright State University Special Collections and Archives, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma. Kristina is currently working on cleaning twentieth century Probate records and preparing them for microfilming.

A big shout out to both Erix and Kristina, and our other interns who have moved on, for all that they have done over the last year! As interns, you play an integral role in the processing, preparation and digitization of historical records projects that our staff would not normally have the time to work on. We hope that the work that you’ve completed with us enhances your educational experience and provides you with the necessary skill sets for your future careers. Thank you for all that you do!


Out of the Clocktower will be taking a short hiatus while Greene County updates to a new website. We hope to return to our weekly blog posts beginning on May 12, 2017. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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