The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum has online genealogy collections including:


Ohio Obituary Index – An index to over 3,700,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered from over 65 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering.


Manuscripts Collections 

  • The Rutherford B. Hayes & The Hayes Family Papers – The Rutherford B. Hayes Papers, the heart of the Manuscript Collections, include Hayes’ diaries, personal and political correspondence, speeches, news clippings, government records, legal notes, business papers, and military records. Extending from his school days until his death in 1893, the Hayes Papers offer a reflection of the 19th President’s public and private life as well as his scholarly interests: politics, the presidency, American history, education, prison reform, law, literature, genealogy, and veterans’ welfare. A thorough index, typed transcripts, microfilm, and web site resources provide easy accessibility.
  • The Gilded Age Collections – The Gilded Age collections illuminate the lives of some of the period’s leading political figures and the activities of its social and political organizations.
  • Local History Collections – Focusing on Sandusky County and Northwest Ohio, more than 400 manuscript collections document the lives of individuals as well as businesses and organizations. 
  • Charles E. Frohman Collections – The Great Lakes and the Erie Islands – Intensely interested in the local history of the Erie Islands and Lake Erie’s western basin, the late Charles E. Frohman developed a significant research collection of original manuscripts, cartographics, and books, as well as some 20,000 photographs.
  • Special Collections – The Manuscripts Division holds a number of collections whose subject matter falls outside the division’s major collecting areas. Categorized as Special Collections, they include subjects as diverse as croquet, early aviation, U.S. election memorabilia, family bibles, railroads, and U.S. Presidents.
  • Local Government Records –  The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums hold local government records for a number of   political   subdivisions. Nearly all of the textual files relate to the county, municipalities, and townships of Sandusky County, 
  • Miscellaneous Manuscripts –  The Miscellaneous Manuscripts consist of original documentary materials too small in size to categorize as a collection. In terms of subject matter, the Miscellaneous Manuscripts focus on individuals and organizations prominent in the state of Ohio and throughout the nation during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



Prints & Photographs

  • Rutherford B. Hayes Photograph Collection – The core of the Rutherford B. Hayes Photograph Collection is the set of forty-four albums carefully compiled by the nineteenth president and his family. The 7,000 images reflect the threads of his varied political and personal interests. The albums contain formal portraits of Hayes, his family and friends; the U. S. Cabinet; leading nineteenth-century political, military, and literary figures; visiting foreign dignitaries; Native Americans; and Civil War comrades. 
  • Lucy Webb Hayes Photograph Collection – The bulk of the collection is composed of original photographs and reproductions in a variety of formats of images of Lucy Webb Hayes. The collection dates from 1847 to 1889, the year of Lucy Webb Hayes’ death. Most are formal, posed portraits and engravings taken during her years as First Lady (1877-1881).
  • Webb C. Hayes I Photograph Collection – The Webb C. Hayes I Photograph Collection contains approximately 3,750 images -photographic prints, glass negatives, and flexible negatives – spanning the years from Hayes’ infancy (ca. 1860) to shortly before his death in 1934. A large portion of the collection is images of Col. Webb C. Hayes, including formal portraits and candid shots.
  • Lucy Elliot Keeler Photograph Collection – A resident of Fremont, Ohio, and a cousin of President Rutherford B. Hayes, Lucy Elliot Keeler was a journalist, author, and the unofficial photographer of Hayes during the post-presidential years. Her collection consists of more than 1,885 albumen and cyanotype prints of varying quality, size, and shape. Dated, identified, and arranged chronologically by Keeler in sixteen 6 ½ x 8 ½ inch albums, the photographs date from 1887 to 1929.
  • Portrait Collection – The Portrait Collection contains more than 3,000 images of individuals, family groups, and members of organizations. Nearly all of the portraits reflect the major collecting areas of the institution: Rutherford B. Hayes and the Hayes Family, the Gilded Age, and Ohio (with a particular emphasis on Northwest Ohio and Lake Erie’s shoreline communities).The collection includes images of U. S. presidents, noted nineteenth-century statesmen, political figures, authors, diplomats, reformers, and those who saw service in the Civil War. Formats include tintypes, albumen prints, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and lithographs. While many of the images are originals donated, others are reprints. Select Portrait Collection to view all names of individuals whose images appear in this collection.
  • Charles E. Frohman Photograph Collection – The late local historian Charles E. Frohman of Sandusky, Ohio, collected more than 14, 000 historic photographs documenting Lake Erie’s Western Basin, its shoreline communities, and the Erie Islands.
  • Ernst Niebergall Photograph Collection – Commercial photographer, Ernst Niebergall, who lived in Sandusky, Ohio, photographed the communities along the shoreline of Lake Erie. From ice harvesting and railroads to early aviation and island leisure activities, the Niebergall photographs richly depict the everyday lives and activities of residents of Lake Erie’s southern shoreline communities.
  • Sandusky County, Ohio Local History Photograph Collection – The Sandusky County, Ohio Local History Photograph Collection contains more than 3,000 prints, photographs, and drawings dating from 1850 to 1984.
  • Thaddeus B. Hurd Photograph Collection – The Thaddeus B. Hurd Photograph Collection includes more than 5,000 photographs dating from 1855 to 1988.To use the searchable database that contains more than 60,000 descriptive entries, choose the Thaddeus B. Hurd Photograph Collection title in left-hand column.
  • Reinhard Grob Glass Plate Negative Collection – The Reinhard Grob Glass Plate Negative Collection is the work of professional Fremont, Ohio, photographer Reinhard Grob, who photographed several generations of Sandusky County, Ohio families between 1875 and 1925. The more than 2,000 glass plate negatives represent the largest surviving evidence of his work.
  • Images from the Fremont News-Messenger, 1973 -1993 – In 2007, thousands of black and white prints appearing in the Fremont, Ohio News-Messenger from 1973 to 1993, were donated.
  • Stereoscopic Collection – The institution holds more than 2,000 images of individuals, events, and locations, both in the United States and in other countries. The broad subject matter of the collection is typical of stereoscopic views produced in the nineteenth century: commercially produced images of landscapes and landmarks and candid photographs from amateur photographers preserving family memories.
  • 1870s Western Expedition Prints Collection – This collection contains albumen prints ordered by the United States Congress to document early America’s natural resources. Works by William Henry Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan, and John Hillers show landscapes, Native Americans, and Yellowstone wilderness before it was a national park.


Other Digital Collections – Civil War journals, interviews, diaries, WWI records and more.


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