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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Jun 19

2020 Greene County History Week!

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 2:44 PM by Melissa Dalton

We would like to thank everyone for joining us throughout the week to celebrate the history of our great County! We’ve enjoyed sharing live tours of our facility, links to online collections, and our first virtual program. It’s been a great week, we hope you have found it informative. If you missed any of our content this week, we’d like to provide a quick recap here!

Greene County History Week 2020 logo (JPG)

As the pandemic limited our abilities to hold in-person events and programs, we took it all online! This week, we toured the Reading Room, Stacks, Map Room, and Microfilm Vault. To view the tours, click the titles of the rooms below:

Reading Room: Main location in facility for patrons to do research. Room holds many of our most widely used records.
Stacks: This is the main storage area in our facility. It holds records from many departments, and including materials such as paper, maps, blueprints, books, aerials, and photographs (just to name a few).
Map Room: This room holds the overflow of Common Pleas journals, survey records, and maps from various departments.
Microfilm Vault: This room holds all our microfilm/microfiche collection. It is temperature and humidity controlled to meet the recommended levels. Most records are not filmed unless they have a long-term retention period (longer than 10 years).

We also hosted our first virtual program on Wednesday! To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of Fairborn, we hosted a program titled The 1913 Flood, the Move of Osborn, and the Birth of Fairborn. It was attended by over 30 people, and is available to viewing on our YouTube channel.

Virtual Program, The 1913 Flood, the Move of Osborn, and the Birth of Fairborn (PNG)

This week, we also highlighted collections we’ve added to our Flickr page. Each collection is linked from our website to Flickr (see screenshot of collections below). We plan to continue to add collections to this page, so be sure to check back!

Collections available on Flickr (JPG)

Thank you for tuning in every day! This week has been a great success, and we hope to share more of our history and resources with you in this format in the future!

Until Next Time!


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