Teacher's Resource Guide
The majority of the research for the development of the "Teaching
Cleveland" lessons was done through the aid and resources
of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Public
Library, and the Cuyahoga County Public Library. This guide reflects
a selection of books, available at one or more of the institutions
listed, concerning either a general overview of Cleveland's historical
past or a particular aspect of the history that was emphasized
in the lesson plans.
There is a plethora of primary sources, secondary books and other
materials available on Cleveland history. This compilation is
by no means intended to be a compete list of printed materials.
Rather, it is a selected representation of primarily secondary
source books that are both informative and user friendly. If a
teacher would like to augment the provided lesson plans with additional
information, these sources should be able to provide the necessary
The resources have been listed according to topic. The list also
reflects an array of materials dating from Cleveland's earliest
years until the present which is helpful not only for providing
a glimpse of life in Cleveland over the past two hundred years
but to also show how Clevelanders' view of history has changed
as time evolves.
The Western Reserve
- Bloch and Co. History of the Western Reserve and Cleveland.
- Hatcher, Harlan. The Western Reserve: The Story of New
Connecticut in Ohio. 1949.
- Upton, Harriet Taylor. History of the Western Reserve (Three
- Women's Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission.
Album of the Western Reserve Centennial.
General Cleveland Histories
- Avery, Elroy McKendree. A History of Cleveland and Its
Environs, The Heart of New Connecticut (Three Vol.). 1918.
- Bar, John. Cleveland, Its Rise, Growth and Present Condition.
- Campbell, Thomas F. and Miggins, Edward M., editors. The
Birth of Modern Cleveland, 1865-1930. 1988.
- Chapman, Edmund H. Cleveland: Village to Metropolis; A
Case Study of Problems of Urban Development in the Nineteenth
Century America. 1964, 1981.
- The Cleveland Press. The Cleveland Press: 1878-1978; A
Front Page from Each of the 100 Years That We Have Served Our
- Condon, George E. Cleveland; The Best Kept Secret.
- Cragg, Perry. This is Cleveland: Cleveland Sesquicentennial,
- Herrick, Clay. Cleveland's Rich Heritage. 1975.
- Howe, Henry. Historical Collections of Ohio. 1847.
Revised numerous times, including 1896.
- Jedick, Peter. Cleveland, Where the East Coast Meets the
- Kennedy, James H. Ahistory of the City of Cleveland: Its
Settlement, Rise and Progress, 1796-1896. 1896.
- McTighe, Michael J. A Measure of Success: Protestants and
Public Culture in Antebellum Cleveland. 1994
- Miller, Carol Poh and Wheeler, Robert. Cleveland: A Concise
- Orth, Samuel P. History of Cleveland (Three Vol.).
- Rose, William Ganson. Cleveland: The Making of a City.
- Van Tassel, David D. and Grabowski, John J., editors. Cleveland:
A Tradition of Reform. 1986.
- Van Tassel, David D. and Grabowski, John J. The Encyclopedia
of Cleveland History. 1987.
- Western Reserve Historical Society Tracts. Tracts 1-110
printed between 1870 and 1929 including primary source material
on the early settlement of Cleveland.
- Whittlesey, Col. Charles. Early History of Cleveland, Ohio,
Including Original Papers and Other Matters Relating to the Adjacent
Country, With Biographical Notices of the Pioneers and Surveyors.
- Wilson, Ella G. Famous Old Euclid Avenue of Cleveland.
- "The Worlds" History of Cleveland: Commemorating
the City's Centennial Anniversary. 1896
- Cameron, Patience. Cleveland on Foot: A Guide to Walking
and Hiking in Cleveland and Vicinity. 1992.
- Lawrence, Ann t. and Schattinger, Joan. Cleveland's Flats
on Tour: A Self Guide to the Riverfront. 1987
- Springstubb, Tricia. Cleveland for Kids; "Let's Have
Fun" Guide to Cultural Cleveland.
- Brown, George W. "The History of the Negro in Cleveland
from 1800 to 1900." Ph.D. Dissertation. 1934.
- Callahan, Nelson J. and Kickey, William F. Irish Americans
and Their Communities in Cleveland. 1978.
- Cole, Allen E. "Somebody, Somewhere, Wants Your Photograph":
A Selection From the Wrok of Allen E. Cole (1893-1970), Photographer
of Cleveland's Black Community. 1980.
- Irwin, Charles W. "Irishtown Bend: A Study of Movement
Patterns of Irish and Hungarian Immigrants from 1880 to 1900."
Master's Thesis, 1989.
- Kusmer, Kenneth L. A Ghetto Takes Shape Black Cleveland,
- Levy, Donald. A Report on the Location of Ethnic Groups
in Greater Cleveland. 1976
- Megles, Susi; Stolarik, Mark; and Tybor, Martina. Slovak
American and Their Communities of Cleveland. 1978.
- Mueller, Jakob. Memoirs of a Forty-Eighter: Sketches from
the German-American Period of Storm and Stress of the 1850s.
Architecture (Buildings and Bridges)
- American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Chapter. Guide
to Cleveland Architecture. 1991.
- Armstrong, Foster; Klein, Richard; and Armstrong, Cara. A
Guide to Clevelands Sacred Landmarkes. 1992.
- Bridges of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. 1918
- Campen, Richard. The Architecture of the Western Reserve,
- Cigliano, Jan. Showplace of America: 1850-1910. 1991.
- Cleveland Leader. The Viaduct: The East and West Sides
Are Bound Together By Spans of Iron and Stone. 1916.
- Collins, French. Origin and History of the Cleveland Viaduct.
- Johanneson, Eric. Cleveland Architecture, 1876-1976.
- Liederbach, Robert J. Cleveland Past: With Notes. 1975.
- Schofield, Mary Peale. Landmark Architecture of Cleveland.
- Watson, Sara Ruth and Wolf, John R. Bridges of Metropolitan
Sports, Entertainment, and the Arts
- Amusement Park Books, Inc. Euclid Beach Park Is Closed
for the Season. 1977.
- Euclid Beach Park - A Second Look. 1979
- Hetrick, J. Thomas. Misfits! The Cleveland Spiders in 1899:
A Day-by-Day Narrative of Baseball Futility. 1991
- Kennedy, Kathleen. Playhouse Square: Cleveland, Ohio.
- Phillips, John. The 1947 Indians. 1994
- Phillips, John. The 1895 Cleveland Spiders: Temple Cup
- Torry, Jack. Endless Summers: The Fall and Rise of the
Cleveland Indians. 1995.
- Christiansen, Harry. Trolley Trails Through Greater Cleveland
and Northern Ohio (Two Vol.). 1975.
- Morse, Kenneth S. A History of Cleveland Street Cars (Two
- Rogers, A. C. "Hasten at Leisure"; the Cleveland
Electric Railway Company. 1902.
- Whitworth Brothers. Patented Street Directory and Electric
Railway Guide of Cleveland and the Suburbs. 1905.
Business and Industry
- Cleveland Worsted Mill company. The Clothing of the People.
- Hatcher, Harlan. A Century of Iron and Men, The Cleveland
Cliffs Iron Company. 1950.
- Pendry, William. History of the Cleveland District of the
American Steel and Wire company. 1936.
- Shaw, Archer Hayes. The Plain Dealer; One Hundred Years
in Cleveland. 1942.
Education and Youth
- Akers, William J. Cleveland Schools in the Nineteenth Century.
- Freese, Andrew. Early History of the Cleveland Public Schools.
- Whipple, James. "Cleveland in Conflict: A Study in
Urban Adolescence, 1876-1900." Master's Thesis, 1954.
- Speir, F. Leslie. Cleveland: Our Community and Its Government.
- Green, Howard Whipple. Relation of the "Central Area"
to the Entire City (Three Vol.). 1944.
- Gould, william and Associates. Cleveland Warehouse District
- Hiram House Social Settlement. Pioneering on Social Frontiers
- May Dugan Center. Whatever Happened to the "Paper
Rex" Man: and Other Stories of Cleveland's Near West Side,
20th Century. 1933.
(Published by the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Heritage
Program. Available on cassette.)
- Ceasar, Richard. Interview, Central/Woodland, Adelstein
- Greenway, Betty. Interview, Ohio City.
- Howe, Edgar. Interview, Ohio City.
- Lee, Harry C. Interview, Central/Woodland.