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:

Research Frequently Asked Questions list, many popular requests can be answered here.

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 Topics:

Massillon History Timeline

Before Massillon, there was Kendal

The Lincoln Highway

Industry & Business:

The Canal in Massillon
Industry History of Massillon

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

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)

MCTV "Massillon Memories" interviews and old films

Archives Publications Online:

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

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

Virtual Exhibits:

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.

Museum Publications:

1861-1865 (2006)
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.

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.

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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