Online Research Resources
Thank you for your interest in the Massillon Museum's permanent collection and archives! Below are several online resources to help you find information about Massillon's history and the people who improved our city. If you need to contact a staff member for more research assistance, please click here.
Research Resource & Database Overview:
You may also wish to explore the Massillon Public Library's research databases here.
General Massillon History Topics:
Industry & Business:
Famous Massillon People & Early Pioneers:
Thomas Rotch, founder of Kendal
Mayhew Folger, early settler in Kendal
James Duncan, founder of Massillon
Jean-Baptiste Massillon, man for whom our city was named
Abel Fletcher, photographic pioneer
"General" Jacob Coxey, led the first protest march on Washington D.C.
Lillian Gish, silent film actress
Massillon History Films:
Seafaring Forefathers film (2006)
The Legacy of Steel, Stark County, Ohio (2004)
Coxey's Army (1994)
The Greatest Generation: 1930s Massillon History (2008)
Skating on the Reservoir (1930s)
Massillon homemovies: Charles and Lucy Myers (1930s)
Archives Publications Online:
Permanent Collection Objects:
Click here to view various Massillon Museum permanent collections, and supplements to onsite exhibits.
You can also visit our Flickr account for large archival collections online.
Podcasts: Oral History Interviews
Topics include coal mining, nursing, African-Americans, World War II, and additional resources regarding objects in the Museum's Permanent Collection. Click here to view the list.
Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest (2010)
Breaking with Tradition: Ohio Women Painters 1870-1950 (2009)
Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County (2004)
Darkrooms in a Digital Age (2007)
The Museum's publications may be purchased through our online shop or in person at our OhRegionalities shop in the Museum lobby.
If you still need assistance, please be sure to check our rules and fees for researching onsite at the Velma B. Erwin Research Room.
If you have a research request you may contact one of our staff members:
Mandy Altimus Pond
Contact by email
Phone number: 330-833-4061 x 113
Contact Mandy for questions related to archives, documents, photographs, blueprints, and any additional two-dimensional works
Contact by email
Phone number: 330-833-4061 x 112
Contact Heather for questions related to clothing, furniture, paintings, household items, and any other three-dimensional artifacts