The Great Lakes Industrial History Collection provides a resource where the public can gain an appreciation for the efforts and accomplishments of business and industry which led to the opening of the Great Lakes and the industrial development of adjacent regions and where visitors are inspired to continue the pursuit of inventiveness, ingenuity, and excellence.
The materials available through the Great Lakes Industrial History Collection include personal and company records, diaries and other keepsakes of the visionaries and leaders who took enormous risks to create industrial development in the Great Lakes region. They fostered a rich, diverse quality of life that contributed to the global industrial strength of North America.
These materials provide insight not to be found elsewhere. The lessons in these previously private, closely held manuscripts are particularly important in studies of the human qualities of leadership in business, industry, government and cultural organizations.
The Collection serves, in addition, to make clear the ongoing significance of the Great Lakes themselves by documenting their discovery by French explorers, their attraction and development as a vital transportation network, and their continuing importance in the production and shipping of much of North America's industrial output.
The materials of the Great Lakes Industrial History Collection are open to the public at the library of Cleveland State University, a comprehensive, state-assisted institution in Cleveland, Ohio. The Great Lakes Industrial History Collection is also linked electronically to other institutions, museums, societies and organizations that note the historical and industrial contributions of the visionaries and the industries of the Great Lakes region.