Special Collections

Archie Bell Collection

Archie Bell (1877-1943), born in Geneva, was an art and drama critic for various Cleveland newspapers, and the author of a series of travel books.


Edith M. Thomas Collection

Edith Thomas (1854-1925), schooled in Geneva, became widely known in international literary circles as a writer and poetess.


The Edith R. and Mary W. Morrison Genealogy and Local History Archive

This room in the Ashtabula Library contains an extensive collection of books, microfilms, clippings, and other resources for those interested in local history and genealogy.


Ohio government documents repository:

A limited selection of Ohio government documents is housed in the Ashtabula Library. Specific items can be accessed by request.


Old & Rare Book Collection

Many historical books on such topics as phonetic spelling reform, 1800s medical practices, military history (1815-1940s), children’s texts, atlases, period song books, and many more.


Parent and Teacher Collection

Materials specifically intended for the use of parents and teachers, housed with our children’s collections.


The Platt R. Spencer Memorial Archives and Special Collections

Platt R. Spencer (1800-1864) lived the better part of his life in Ashtabula County, mostly in Geneva, where he developed his famous penmanship system. Collection intended for the serious scholar.


Spanish-language Reference Materials

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, medical texts, gardening, and more; available in our Ashtabula Reference Department.

Ashtabula Library/Administration
4335 Park Ave Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
phone: (440) 997-9341
fax: (440) 992-7714

  • Monday-Thursday: 9am-8:30pm
  • Friday: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm

Geneva Library / Bookmobile
860 Sherman St. Geneva, Ohio 44041
phone: (440) 466-4521
fax: (440) 466-0162

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am-8:30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm

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