Archives & Library Sponsorships

Sponsor a Book in the Velma B. Erwin Research Library

Some books in the collection need some extra care and attention, as they were used and loved by their previous owners.  Archival book boxes can be purchased for these books for $25, and your name (or in memory of someone) will be put on the archival box. If you are interested in sponsoring a book, please contact Archivist Mandy Altimus Pond via email or by phone: 330-833-4061 x113. Please include your name and the name of the book from the list below that you wish to sponsor.

Books available for sponsorship:

Children’s Books:

  • “Under the Deodars; The Phantom Rickshaw; Wee Willie Winkie” by Rudyard Kipling, 1912
  • “St. Ives: Being the Adventure of a French Prisoner in England” by Robert Lewis Stevenson, 1910
  • “The Merry Men; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Lewis Stevenson, 1913
  • “The American Spelling Book” by Noah Webster, 1804
  • “The New-England primer” by N.H. Walpole, 1814
  • “The Principles of English Grammar” by Rev. Peter Bullions, 1843
  • “The Parent’s Assistant, or Stories for Children” by Maria Edgeworth, 1856
  • “Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Hose” by Anna Sewell, 1891
  • McGuffey Readers, Spellers, and other childrens’ school books 1830s-1890s
  • “The School and the School Master” by Alonzo Potter and George R. Emerson, 1843

Ladies Books:

  • “The Family Magazine,” 1841
  • Godey’s Lady’s Books, 1850s-1870s
  • Peterson’s Ladies Magazines 1870s-1880s
  • “Stories for Young Housekeepers” by T.S. Arthur, 1851

Travel and Biography:

  •  “Conquering the Wilderness; or New pictorial history of the life and times of the pioneer heroes and heroines of America” by Frank Triplett, 1883
  • “The Life of George Washington” by Jared Sparks, 1855
  • “Jackson and New Orleans; An Authentic Narrative of the Memorable Achievements of the American Army, under Andrew Jackson, before New Orleans in the Winter of 1814-1815” by Alexander Walker, 1856
  • “Early Biography, travels and adventures of Rev. James Champlin, who was born blind” by James Champlin, 1842

Agriculture and Fishing:

  • “The Complete Angler or Contemplative man’s Recreation: Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing,” 1815
  • “The Ohio Cultivator: A Semi-Monthly Journal devoted to the Improvement of Agriculture, Horticulture, and the Promotion of Domestic Industry,” 1855

Shelf sponsored in Memory of Dale B. Kincaid

  • “The township officer’s and young clerk’s assistant,” 1826
  • “The Revised Ordinances of the City of Massillon,” 1893 and 1929
  • “Population schedules of the eighth census of the United States,” 1865
  • “An index to all the laws and resolutions of the state of Ohio,” 1846
  • “A Treatise on the Law of Evidence” by Simon Greenleaf, 1844 and 1899
  • “Commentaries on American Law Vol. 1” by James Kent and William M. Lacy, 1889
  • “Commentaries on Pleading Under the Ohio Code” by Joseph R. Swan, 1860
  • “School Law of Ohio,” 1853
  • “Money and Its Laws: Embracing A History of Monetary Theories” by Henry V. Poor, 1877


  • “The Little Giant Cyclopedia and Treasure of Ready Reference” by K.L. Armstrong, 1889
  • “A New and Complete Gazetteer of the U.S.” by Thomas Baldwin and J. Thomas, 1854
  • “International Motor Cyclopedia: Sport Industry and Trade, Automobiles, Motorcycles, Motorboats and Aeronautics: Year Book,” 1908
  • “The James Reilly Repair and Supply Co. Catalogue,” 1906
  • “IOOF: Digest of the Laws of the Independent Order of Odd-Fellows” by F.A. Ellis, 1864
  • “Choice Hymns No. 1,” by J. Wilbur Chapman and W.S. Weeden, 1902
  • “Merry Chimes Songbook” by L.O. Emerson, 1865
  • Small reprinted William Shakespeare works:
    • “Much Ado About Nothing,” 1913
    • “Romeo and Juliet,” 1914
    • “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 1913
    • “Macbeth,” 1914



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