Explore the Collection & Archives

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, major events, and the people who improved our city. If you need to contact a staff member for more research assistance, please click here.

Preservation How-To Guides

Massillon Museum Online Toolkits & How-To Guides
The Massillon Museum is dedicated to helping individuals and institutions with preservation and digitization projects. There are several collections and archives toolkits for patrons and museum employees available here.

Other Institutions' Information on Storing Photographs and Documents
Photograph care- Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)
Family Archives care- National Archives

Overview: Research Resource & Databases

Research Frequently Asked Questions list, which may answer many popular requests.

For an overview of the Permanent Collection, click here.
For an overview of the Archival Holdings, click here.

You may also wish to explore the Massillon Public Library's research databases here.

General Massillon History Information:

General Massillon History Topics:

Massillon History Timeline
  Before Massillon, there was Kendal
  The Lincoln Highway

Industry & Business:

The Canal in Massillon
Industry History of Massillon (general)

Massillon State Hospital


Massillon Professional Tigers Football
Massillon High School Tigers Football


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

History of Stark County Publications:

A full list of online books about history of Stark County

History of Stark County by William Perrin (printed 1881)

Download searchable PDF of William Perry's history (printed 1881) Vol 1 and 2

John Lehman’s History of Stark County (printed 1916-1920s)

John Danner’s History of Stark County (printed 1904)

Howe’s Historical Collections of Ohio (several different 1800s publications)

Other Howe Ohio history publications


Documentaries and Films:

View all films on MassMu's Youtube Channel:
by Playlist
by list of videos

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)

Purchase reproductions:
Price list for photo and film reproductions

Other Organizations' Collections:
MCTV "Massillon Memories" interviews and old films

Archival Collections Online:

General Jacob Coxey
Russell & Company
Massillon Flood Control Project
The Tuskeegean, featuring Massillon's Wright Walker

Robert Peet Skinner Scrapbook and Photo Collection

Caroline McCullough Everhard Scrapbooks

Architects Mallalieu, Ross, Roberts, and Doll

For additional archival collections available online, click here.

Purchase reproductions:
Price list for photo and film reproductions

Permanent Collection Objects:

1907-08 Jewel Automobile, the first and only car made in Massillon
The Immel Circus, a 100-square-foot miniature, hand-carved circus

Oscar the Skeleton, a favorite part of the collection since 1934

For more information on our permanent collection objects, we suggest purchasing our 75th Anniversary catalog:

The Massillon Museum’s 2008 summer exhibition—“Eclectic.Everyday.Elegant.”—celebrated 75 years of excellence. The Massillon Museum opened in 1933. The main gallery on the first floor will spotlight permanent collection objects deemed by the staff and exhibition committee to be the best 75 pieces in the collection, which numbers more than 100,000 items.

This 132-page, soft cover catalog accompanying the exhibition includes essays and color photographs of the Massillon Museum’s 75 most important permanent collection objects.

Virtual Exhibits:

The Massillon Museum currently preserves more than 60,000 photographs and 17,000 archival documents. In an effort to make these items accessible to the public for personal or research use, we present the following virtual exhibits for your enjoyment. Please note that all photographs, documents, and objects are copyright Massillon Museum, and permission must be obtained before an image is published or altered for any use, personal or commercial. To read more about image use, please see our page about for photo and film reproductions.

Click here to view the list of Virtual Exhibit Topics.

Purchase reproductions:
Price list for photo, audio, and film reproductions
Contact Archivist Mandy Altimus Pond by phone: 330-833-4061 x 113, or by email.

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.

Purchase reproductions:
Price list for photo, audio, and film reproductions
Contact Archivist Mandy Altimus Pond by phone: 330-833-4061 x 113, or by email.

Museum Publications:

The Massillon Museum staff have produced catalogs in conjunction with exhibits and major anniversaries since the early 2000s. These include scholarly essays, archival information, objects and archives from our permanent collection and other institutions. These publications may be viewed in the Velma B. Erwin Research Room, purchased through our online shop or in person at our OhRegionalities shop in the Museum lobby.

The Massillon Connection: A Pioneer Woman, a French Bishop, and a Village on a River (2015)
Faces of Rural America: Photographs by Henry Clay Fleming, Ravenswood, West Virginia (2011) and documentary
Faces of Rural America: Photographs by Belle Johnson, Monroe City, Missouri (2011) and documentary
Between Two Worlds: The Photography of Nell Dorr (2010)
Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest (2010)
Breaking with Tradition: Ohio Women Painters 1870-1950 (2009)
In the Garden (2009)
Eclectic. Everyday. Elegant:. The Massillon Museum Celebrates 75 Years (2008)
Darkrooms in a Digital Age (2007)
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Booklet and CD (2007-2008)
Midwestern Visions of Impressionism: 1890-1930 (2007)
History of the 104th OVI 1862-1866 (2006, reprint of the 1886 from the archives)
1861-1865 (2006)
Adaptations (2006) with documentary DVD
Rediscovering William T. Mathews: Painter of Presidents (2005)
Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County (2004) and documentary
Untrodden Paths: Contemporary Landscapes (2003)

Who should I contact?

If you still need assistance, please be sure to check our rules and fees for researching onsite at the Velma B. Erwin Research Room, or view our price list for photo, audio, and film reproductions.

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

Heather Haden
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

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