Columbus history projects and collections
Learn Columbus history through to local to national connections, primary sources, articles, photograph collections, maps, and more.
Columbus History projects and collections
Columbus in American History
- This project highlights the local Columbus connections to broader national themes and patterns in American history.
- These collections detail the African-American experience in Columbus from the early 1800s through late 1900s.
- This project provides segments of WOSU Columbus Neighborhoods documentaries with accompanying discussion questions.
Historic Places Collection
- Learn more about landmarks, historic homes, buildings, maps, and markers throughout the city of Columbus and surrounding communities.
- This project uses historic sites to take you on an investigative journey, connecting local history with the American experience.
Primary Source Collections
- Primary source collections include digital versions of historic documents from Columbus history.
History of Public Schools in Columbus
- Read about the first century of public education in Columbus and the later implementation of school desegregation.
Landmarks Discussion Guide
- This guide provides discussion points on the history and architecture of landmarks throughout the city.
Columbus: A History of Our City - This online textbooks on local history is designed for elementary and middle school students.
External resources on columbus history
Columbus Metropolitan Library My History
- Search or browse the extensive database of digital primary sources
The Ohio State University Archives
- Explore digital collections on topics such as OSU football, Jesse Owens, and William Oxley Thompson
As It Were by Ed Lentz
- Newspaper column in
featuring stories of Columbus history
Columbus Underground: History Lesson
- Online newspaper column on Columbus history
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