Archives Provides Photographic Support

Goodyear Wingfoot players in November 1950.CreditJoe E. Falcone, via Archival Services, The University of Akron Libraries

You may have read an email recently providing a link to a New York Times article on basketball, specifically:  An N. B. A. Throwback: Ads on Jerseys

The article details a history of basketball and uniform sponsorship throughout the years with photographic support from Archival Services, The University of Akron Libraries.

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Take note of the numerous photos provided by Archival Services.  Nice work!





Newhall – Merit Award & Speaking Event

Jamie Newhall and Jon Endres

James  Newhall
Instructional Services
Sr Multi-Media Producer

Jamie Newhall, Instructional Services, and Jon Endres, who works part-time in Psychology Archives, received the 2017 Society of Ohio Archivists Merit Award at the SOA Annual Meeting on Friday, May 19 for their work on the wire recorder project.  According to the website, the Award is given to individuals or organizations that have by excellence in deeds, actions, or initiatives improved the state of archives in Ohio over the past year. For more info:

They were also presenters at TEDxAkron 2017 on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the recently refurbished Goodyear Theater.  According to the TEDxAkron website, TEDx expands TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, beyond its annual conference by seeding smaller, independent events throughout the nation, called TEDx. TEDxAkron emulates the spirit and ideals of the TED Conference.  For more info:

Well Done, Jamie & Jon!





Fleischer Serves as Peer Reviewer

Victor Fleischer, University Archivist and Head, Archival Services

Vic Fleischer recently served as a peer reviewer for the book Journey to Moonwalking by space suit engineer, author, and historian Ken Thomas.  The book, which is forthcoming this fall, will include information on the space suits developed for the Mercury astronauts by the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio, and will feature images from the Goodrich records in Archival Services.

Amy Freels Presents Poster Session

Amy Freels

University Press, Editorial & Design Coordinator

Amy Freels, who is working on her certificate in Museums and Archives, gave a poster presentation at the Society of Ohio Archivists in May 2016.  She presented on the unique collaboration between the University of Akron Press and the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP). The main focus was about publishing primary sources in book form. The poster presented a timeline of the publication process, from the selection of the primary source manuscript(s) to marketing and sales of the finished book.

Way to go, Amy!



Vic Fleischer Presents

Vic Fleischer recently gave the following presentation:

“Researching, Documenting, and Archiving Historic Landscape and Garden Projects.” Fields & Forests, Farms & Gardens: A Midwest Garden Symposium (Bath, OH, June 9, 2016). Presented on resources available for researching and documenting historic landscapes and gardens and how to preserve and archive historic and contemporary resources gathered as part of these historic restoration projects.

Well done!

Archival Services curates exhibit on Ray Bliss and past Republican Conventions

Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently partnered with the Summit County Historical Society, the City of Akron, and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau to curate an exhibit on Ray C. Bliss and past Republication National Conventions. Bliss, University of Akron alumnus and namesake of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, was Ohio state and national chairman of the Republican Party for many years. He is best known for helping to rebuild the party after the failed Barry Goldwater campaign of 1964 and getting Richard Nixon elected president in 1968.

Ray Bliss at the Republican National Committee Podium

Ray Bliss at the Republican National Committee Podium

The exhibit, titled “Mr. Chairman: Ray C. Bliss and the RNC,” uses historic photographs, documents, and artifacts to recount the life and legacy of Ray Bliss. It also showcases a variety of interesting memorabilia from past Republican National Conventions selected from the Ray Bliss Papers in Archival Services, including signed documents by Nixon, Eisenhower, and other party leaders. It coincides with the 2016 Republican National Convention, which will be held in Cleveland this summer. The exhibit will be on display now through the election on the fourth floor of the Ohio Building at 175 S. Main St. (now King James Way) in downtown Akron. It is free and open to the public during the building’s normal business hours, which are Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Ray C. Bliss Papers and other resources on local and regional history are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL-10 of the Polsky Building. Public hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

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Footage of UA’s First Bowl Appearance Now Online

As The University of Akron Football Team heads to Boise this week to take part in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it is only appropriate to take a look back at past UA bowl appearances. The first bowl game the Zips appeared in was the 1968 Grantland Rice Bowl, named after popular early 20th-century American sportswriter Grantland Rice. The game took place on December 13, 1968 in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. The Zips, who went 7-3-1 that year, met the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who were also making their first bowl appearance. To read more.

Archival Services to Show Rare Airship Films

Archival Services of University Libraries at The University of Akron will be hosting a public showing of three historic airship films on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Archival Services, Polsky Building, Room LL10. The original films, which are part of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records in Archival Services, were transferred from their original nitrate motion picture stock to safety film and digitized thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The films, which are now publicly available for the first time, include footage of the construction, christening, and operation of the U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4), a U.S. Navy rigid airship that was once called “the largest, strongest aerial creature ever fashioned and flown by man.” The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  For directions and parking see