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The mission of the Cleveland City Council Archives is to advise and assist city offices, primarily Cleveland City Council, in the management, retention, disposition, storage, and preservation of their records, and to provide environmentally controlled storage space for records of enduring historical and evidential value. The Archives also commits to support the goals of the Cleveland City Council, the city administration and the citizens of the city by identifying, acquiring, and preserving these public records to ensure the availability and accessibility of these records for both present and future generations.
These resources, including blue prints, maps, and other city council documents, are available without charge to the general public. Frequent researchers include high school and college students, corporate researchers, city officials, genealogists, lawyers, developers, media and authors. The archives’ staff answer hundreds of requests each year.
The Archives were established with the Act of Incorporation of the Village of Cleveland on December 23, 1814. Stated therein:
"That it shall be the duty of the recorder to make and keep a true and accurate record of all laws and ordinances made and established, of streets laid out by the trustees, and of all their proceedings in their corporate capacity, which records shall at times be open to the inspection of every elector in said village."
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205 West St. Clair Ave., Room 100
Cleveland, OH 44113
Chief City Archivist