Local History Collection Development Policy

The Local History collection will collect books, documents, maps, memorabilia,  genealogical records of founding families, slides, microfilm, newspapers, news clippings,
identified photographs (framed and unframed).

The Local History Collection will contain Oral History interviews, in audio and print formats, conducted by the staff of Stow

Munroe Falls Public Library. Three-dimensional
objects and electronic and digital formats will be considered if they fit within the mission of our collection.

Local History Newspapers, Newsletters and Yearbooks



Stow Press newspaper (one year run from 1959 to 1960) and available on microfilm

The Community Church News (CCN) is a 15-volume set of newsletters ranging from 1934 to 1948

Stow Sentry Newspapers since 1970 are Available on Microfilm at the Library



1819 Stephen Butler Letter

1819 Stephen Butler Letter - Front

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library thanks long-time Stow resident Robert Wade for his generous donation of a Stow Township letter dated 1819. The letter was written in support of Stephen Butler’s renewal of a license for a house of entertainment. It is signed by thirteen town leaders, including William Wetmore (1804 pioneer and Joshua Stow’s land agent), William’s brother Titus Wetmore (Stow’s first postmaster), and Stephen W. Butler, son of Stephen Butler.  The letter has been digitized and is available for viewing on our website.

Stow Press

The Stow Press was a weekly newspaper published from November 1959 to November 1960. The aim of the paper was to “Keep up with Stow”, featuring news on local government, schools, businesses, churches, youth sports, and clubs. Unfortunately, the paper was not financially viable and stopped publication after only one year. Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library obtained the full run (minus the July 14, 1960 issue) of the newspaper through the generous donation of Fred Long. The Ohio History Connection (previously known as The Ohio Historical Society) digitized the newspapers, providing the library with both microfilm and digital files.

Click on image or date to get the complete issue in searchable PDF format.

Oral Histories

Oral Histories have been collected by staff and volunteers of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.
To access an Oral History please ask at the Information Desk. The Oral Histories include:

31 oral histories

Anderson, James
Corathers, LaVerne
John, Janice
Ruggles, Harold
Bisesi, Lyn
Coughlin, Donald
Lappin, Betty Lee
Ruggles, Harry
Brislinger, Tony
Cowles, Elizabeth
Mauck, Dorothy
Shuman, Arleen
Call, Charles and Jean
Darrow, Floyd
McMillen, Dave
Stahl, Virginia
Clarke, Jeane
Farris, Leona
Monteith, Mildred
Turcotte, Margaret
Coleman, Barbara
Hanson, Kathryn
Morgan, Houston
Wetmore, Frank
Coleman, Paul
Howard, Janet
Palmer, Dale
Winkler, Jacqueline
Corathers, Howard
Hutchison, Paul
Reinhart, David

Local History Special Collections

The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Local History Collection contains several Special Collections which are described via Finding Aids. A Finding Aid is a document containing detailed information about a specific collection of papers or records within an archive. The content of a Finding Aid may differ depending on the type of material it is describing. Usually, a Finding Aid includes a description of the scope of the collection, biographical and historical information related to the collection, and restrictions on use of or access to the materials. To access a Special Collection please ask at the Information Desk.

CollectionFinding Aid
Amlung-Hibbard Families
Charring Cross Garden Club
Community Jazz BandFinding Aid -Community Jazz Band.pdf
Darrow Family
Darrowville Friendship Club
Fred Long CollectionFinding Aid - Fred Long Collection.pdf
Herman Photo CollectionFinding Aid - Herman photos.pdf
Home and Garden ClubFinding Aid - Home and Garden Club of Stow.pdf
Meadowbrook Lake Garden Club
Metz Missionary Society
O'Brien Family
Overdale Garden Club
Richard Fortner CollectionFinding Aid - Richard Fortner Collection.pdf
Robert Huber Collection
Roger Howard Collection
Stow Garden ClubFinding Aid - Stow Garden Club.pdf
Stow High School Class of 1940Finding Aid - Stow High School Class of 1940.pdf
Stow High School Class of 1944 PhotosFinding Aid - Stow High School Class of 1944 photos.pdf
Stow High School Class of 1945 ReunionsFinding Aid - Stow High School Class of 1945.pdf
Stow Historical SocietyFinding Aid - Stow Historical Society.pdf
Stow Jaycees
Stow July 4th Parade Committee CollectionFinding Aid - Stow July 4th Parade Committee Collection.pdf
Stow Junior Mothers Club
Stow Lions Club
Stow Men's Garden Club
Stow Players
Stow Police Department Annual Reports CollectionFinding Aid - Stow Police Department Annual Reports Collection.pdf
Stow Presbyterian-Metz filesFinding Aid - Stow Presbyterian-Metz.pdf
Stow Study Club
Stow Woman's ClubFinding Aid - Stow Woman's Club.pdf
Stow-Munroe Falls Board of EducationFinding Aid - Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education.pdf
Virginia Ritchie CollectionFinding Aid - Virginia Ritchie.pdf
William Lodge Collection Finding Aid -William Lodge Collection.pdf
Wyoga Lake Women's ClubFinding Aid - Wyoga Lake Women's Club.pdf


Our Mission

The mission of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Local History Archives is to preserve the history of the communities of Stow and Munroe Falls, Ohio. Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library will preserve and maintain these materials for future generations using accepted preservation methods, and provide access to the materials under safe and secure conditions.

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