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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Jan 29

Reflection of NAGARA Internship by Jared Butner

Posted on January 29, 2021 at 1:26 PM by Melissa Dalton

I started my internship at the Greene County Archives on September 6th, 2020, and it went until January 25, 2021. Before starting this internship, I had very little knowledge about archives and how they function, with the only archives that I had been in is the one at Wright State University. This internship has given me the opportunity to learn exactly what the Greene County Archives does for the county.
Jared Butner, NAGARA Intern (JPG)
Jared Butner, NAGARA Intern
When I first started the internship, I was given a tour of the whole facility and was in awe with the size of it. The backroom was filled with shelves upon shelves of all kinds of records. Some of these records included deeds, estates, maps, and different certificates including birth, marriage, and death dating all the way back to the 19th century.
My task throughout the internship was to scan slides of various people, places, and things throughout Greene County. A lot of these places were set in various parks, although Beavercreek and Xenia were also included. A lot of these slides were set in the 1980s, with a few of them being set in the 70s and the 90s. I have lived in Beavercreek for most of my life and getting to see slides from those times allowed me to learn more about the history of my community and what was there before moving there. For example, I had no idea there was an old Beavercreek High School where Ritter’s is now. This building had several purposes before it was destroyed.
Boxes of photographic slides from Parks and Trails (JPG)Content of boxes (JPG)
Boxes part of the project, along with original contents 
On my last day, I was given a run down on what each staff member was responsible for at the Archives. Tasks ranged from social outreach manager to head of the records, and data and electronic collection.
Every single staff member was very friendly and made me feel very welcome each time that I went in there. My time at the archives has made me interested in pursuing archival work in the future and I look forward to doing more volunteering activities!


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