Frequently Asked Questions
- I’ve worked with a particular collection in the Ohio History Connection Archives/Library–why doesn’t it show up on Ohio Memory?
- Digitization is a time-consuming and costly process, so we have only digitized a fraction of our collections. Materials are selected for inclusion based on their historical significance, scanning potential, complementary value, and ownership and copyright.
- How are collections organized?
- Ohio Memory contains dozens of subcollections, featuring the work of a single creator (Albert J. Ewing Collection), materials around a central theme (Gay Ohio History Initiative Collection), or items from a single contributor (Seneca County Digital Library). Visit Collections for a brief overview of contents and significance for each subcollection on Ohio Memory.
- What is the Ohio Memory Collection on Ohio Memory?
- Ohio Memory began in 2000 as a digital repository containing contributions from hundreds of cultural heritage institutions around the state. A lot of content has been added to the site since then, but most of the original contributions can be seen here, representing a variety of topics, time periods and institutions.
- Why aren’t my search terms always highlighted on the images?
- Materials uploaded as PDFs do not display highlighted terms the same way that materials uploaded as TIFFs do.
- Your search terms must be exact matches for red highlights on images to appear. Partial matches may still show up in your search results and are displayed in the full-text transcript.
- Handwritten materials often include transcriptions, but due to the nature of these materials, highlighting can only be displayed in the full-text transcript.
- Where does Ohio Memory search for my term(s)?
- Unless you limit your search term to a single field (i.e. Title, Place, etc.), matches are identified across all fields of an item’s metadata record, and full-text transcript, if available.
- Format – Describes type of item that the original material is
- Books – Published materials like books, yearbooks, ledgers, etc.
- Government publication – Any publication from a municipal, state, federal or foreign government, which may be in print, microform or digital format
- Manuscripts – Any handwritten or typewritten materials that are unpublished
- Newspapers – Newspaper material
- Objects – Three-dimensional objects like tables, chairs, weapons, etc.
- Picture – Photographs or any primarily visual material
- Sound recordings – Audio files
- Video recordings – Video files
- Metadata – Structured information that describes, explains, locates or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use or manage an information resource
- Optical Character Recognition (OCR) – Identification of printed characters using computer software to make printed materials full-text searchable