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Special Collections

Due to multiple retirements, Special Collections is currently closed to the public
For questions, suggestions, or to schedule a consultation, use our online form or contact us at special.collections@csuohio.edu.


View of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge under construction

Michael Schwartz Library's Special Collections provides a research facility for our students and faculty, as well as for scholars and visitors from around the world. Our collections cover many topics within the field of Cleveland history, with special concentrations on the industrial history of Northeast Ohio, Cleveland journalism, and the city's infrastructure.

We are also home to publications from the University Archives about CSU and its predecessor, Fenn College, including college bulletins, course schedules, newspapers, yearbooks,and budgets. We are committed to sharing this wealth of information and material, and we look forward to helping you with your research.

We're happy to help with questions about local history matters, and we very much appreciate your comments and suggestions. Use our online form to get in touch.

Reading Room Location

The Special Collections reading room is located on the third floor of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University in RT 321 (see Library Directions). Due to multiple retirements, we are currently closed to the public. .

The Special Collections Reading Room


Book Cover for the History of the Veterans Memorial Bridge

Now Available for Purchase! The History of the Veterans Memorial Bridge: 90th Anniversary Edition by William Byer
Containing hundreds of glossy photos that offer a unique opportunity to glimpse into previous eras in Cleveland, The History of the Veterans Memorial Bridge: 90th Anniversary Edition by William Byer documents the history of the original construction of the bridge and the two major rehabilitations. Find out how you can own a copy.