The Ohio Guide Collection consists of photographs collected for use in the Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers' Project in Ohio, 1935-1939. The collection systematically covers Ohio's characteristic features with many views of the larger cities and towns; important industries such as steel, rubber, pottery and coal; agricultural production; historical and contemporary architecture; colleges and universities; transportation systems including railroads, airways, rivers, harbors, and highways; and recreational facilities. The collection also includes photographs of Ohioans at work and play, their sports activities, and leisure time.
The Ohio Guide was published by the Federal Writers' Program of the Works Progress Administration, and sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society in 1940. Many of the photographs in this collection were included in the book. The Ohio Guide can be paged in the Reading Room of the Ohio Historical Society with the call number "Ohio Docs 917.71 Oh8o." The finding aid for the Ohio Guide collection is also available via the Ohio Memory OHS Finding Aids collection. Digitization of the collection is a work-in-progress. Check back for more photos!