The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Ted J. Ligibel Collection, 1906-94

MSS-087

Size: .5 lin. Ft.

Provenance:   Received from Ted J. Ligibel, former research associate of Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo on February 14, 1995.

Access: Open for All Files, Except Two Files. (Closed Files have been removed from the Collection. Written Permission Must Be Made to the Director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections)


Collection Summary: Papers include course materials on various classes taught by Ligibel, including Architectural Regionalism; Historic Preservation Planning; Historic Resources Survey; and Urban Visual History Planning. Also included are materials related to various committees on which he served, newspaper clippings, student papers, and subject files devoted to issues of particular interest to Ligibel.

 

Subjects: Architecture, Civic Interests, and Education & Schools.

 

Related Collections:  Ted Ligibel Historical Glass Collection, MSS-207.

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by:  Sandra L. DuVal Bell, February 20, 1997

 

Reformatted by: Arjun Sabharwal, February 19, 2010; last updated: June 2014

 

 


Biographical sketch

 

Ted J. Ligibel was born in 1949.  He is a descendant of early northwest Ohio settlers, the Machen family, for whom a street near Scott High School is named.  Ligibel grew up with a landmark in the family.  A. Rensch & Co., importers, has been using the same building on 607 Monroe Street since 1882.  The firm, run by Ligibel’s mother, has belonged to her family for over a century.

 

Ligibel received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology and anthropology from the University College at the University of Toledo in 1972.  Ligibel began his historical preservation career in 1974 when he joined the Maumee Valley Historical Society, where he worked in the landmarks committee.  He was chairman of that committee until 1984.

 

Ligibel continued his education at Bowling Green State University, where he received his Master of Arts degree in American Studies in 1981.  While pursuing his M.A, he served northwest Ohio as a state historical preservation officer.  He first became well-known locally during this time, as he fought the demolition of historic downtown Toledo buildings.  He held the post from 1976 to 1982.  After budget cuts eliminated funding for the preservation officer position, Ligibel oversaw historic acquisitions for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and helped write two books:  Lights Along the River, which is an architectural guide to the Maumee River Valley, and Island Heritage - A Guided Tour to Lake Erie’s Bass Islands. 

  

            Ligibel came to the University of Toledo in 1986 and assumed the position of research associate in historical preservation and resource planning with the University’s Urban Resource Center.  Ligibel’s post was funded by UT, under contract with the City of Toledo, as part of a project in which Ligibel developed curriculum materials in historical preservation.  Furthermore, Ligibel assisted the city’s community development department in identifying and documenting historic buildings in Toledo neighborhoods.  In late 1985, Ligibel further took on instructing duties in the University of Toledo’s history and geography and planning departments, and took the post of research associate at the University’s Urban Affairs Center. 

 

While at the University of Toledo, Ligibel conducted numerous studies and architectural inventories of homes, buildings, churches and landmarks of the city.  He also gave numerous talks and walking tours of UT’s campus, and held seminars concerning the University and the surrounding Toledo area.  In particular, Ligibel gave a series of free public lectures on the role of historic preservation in the revitalization o f downtown areas.

 

            It was not until the mid-1980s, though, that community leaders listened to Ligibel’s pleas to save downtown landmarks.  In the 1970s and early 1980s, during a period when Toledo was in a rush to revitalize an ailing downtown, Ligibel fought unsuccessfully to save more than a dozen historic structures from the wrecking ball.  Particularly Ligibel was noted for his studies of the city’s working-class areas.  This was indicative of his commitment to broad based preservation.

           

            Furthermore, Ligibel’s theories on urban preservation won him growing respect within the national preservation movement.  He has been asked to serve on key committees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  When the trust held its 1991 convention, Ligibel led discussions regarding the twenty-fifth anniversary of the national Historic Preservation Act.  Also, Ligibel was one of the principal organizers of the Historic Neighborhood Council (HNC) which was formed in 1988 to develop a “blueprint” for preservation activities in Toledo’s historic neighborhoods.  As Ohio adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ligibel worked to nominate the homes for the National Register of Historic Places.

 

            Ligibel received recognition for his accomplishments.  Former mayor Harry Kessler nominated Ligibel for an award from the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.  In 1987, Ligibel was awarded the Chairman Emeritus Award from the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, recognizing contributions to community development through his activities in historic preservation.  Ligibel further received one of the eight public education and awareness awards from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society.  He received this award in 1989 for his role in increasing public awareness of the importance of preserving the historic and architectural resources of Toledo and Northwest Ohio.  Also the Toledo newspaper, The Blade, invited Ligibel to write a series of articles on historic buildings.

           

Ted J. Ligibel, Toledo’s leading preservationist, left the University of Toledo in September 1991 to take the teaching position of associate professor of historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

 

 


Scope and content note

 

The Ted J. Ligibel Collection contains two series.  These series comprise of Personal Papers and Printed Materials.

 

 

The Personal Papers Series contains syllabi and required class assignments instructed by Ted Ligibel.  (Box 1)  Adult Liberal Studies, Architectural Regionalism, Historic Preservation Planning, Historic Resource Survey and Urban Visual History Planning are all courses that Ligibel taught. (Box 1)  In his 1989 Historic Resource Survey Planning course, the class produced Historic Resource Surveys and Developmental Reports for three historic areas in Toledo, namely the Warehouse District, the Historic South Side and East Toledo.  In his Urban Visual History Planning course, Ligibel had his students conduct a Historic Resource Inventory of structures in Birmingham.  His historic inventories helped residents, community leaders and city officials establish priorities for restoring and preserving the area’s historic buildings.

Also included in this series are personal papers concerning committees, conferences and interests.  Ligibel participated in committees such as Family Service of Northwest Ohio and Image 2000 Design which contain pamphlets, brochures and reports.  Ligibel was also part of the National Docent Symposium Conference held at the Toledo Museum of Art.  Particular interests of Ligibel include materials pertaining to the Bicentennial Celebration, in which Ligibel took an active role in local celebration activities and Junior Achievement, where Ligibel was on the selection committee of the Northwestern Ohio Business Hall of fame selection committee.  (Box 1)

 

 

            The rest of the collection is composed of the series Printed Materials, which are organized by the sub-series of news clippings and student papers.

Newspaper clippings, both original and photocopied, comprise of a large part of this collection.  Clippings date from 1906 to 1994 and particularly deal with specific buildings and individuals in Toledo, Ohio.  Newspaper clippings are organized by location or region in Toledo and the surrounding area.  (Box 1-3)  The clippings sub-series contain the Toledo Magazine which consists of an article written by Ted Ligibel.  (Box 1)

Student papers also are organized by location.  This sub-series contains reports students completed in Ligibel’s classes.  The reports focus on various architectures in the Toledo and surrounding area.  Some of these papers are accompanied with Ohio Historic Inventories (OHI’s) and include attached pictures of the structures students researched.  (BOX 3-4)  Notably, favorite places for students to examine were areas such as Downtown Toledo, Old Orchard, Old West End, and the West Side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box-Folder Inventory

 

BOX

FOLDER

SERIES

DESCRIPTION

1

1

Personal Papers:  Classes

Adult Liberal Studies, 1986-88

1

2

Personal Papers:  Classes

Architectural Regionalism, 1987

1

3

Personal Papers:  Classes

Architectural Regionalism, 1988

1

4

Personal Papers:  Classes

Architectural Regionalism, 1988

1

5

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1986

1

6

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1986

1

7

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1987

1

8

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1987

1

9

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1987

1

10

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1988

1

11

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1989

1

12

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1990

1

13

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Preservation Planning, 1991

1

14

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Resource Survey, 1987

1

15

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Resource Survey, 1988

1

16

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Resource Survey, 1989

1

17

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Resource Survey, 1990

1

18

Personal Papers:  Classes

Historic Resource Survey, 1991

1

19

Personal Papers:  Classes

Overheads (Indian Hills &Individual)

1

20

Personal Papers:  Classes

Urban Visual History Planning, 1986

1

21

Personal Papers:  Committees

Family Service of N.W. OH, 1989-90

1

22

Personal Papers:  Committees

Image 2000 Design, 1990

1

23

Personal Papers:  Committees

Image 2000 Design, 1990-91

1

24

Personal Papers:  Conferences

Nat’l Docent Symposium, 1986-87

1

25

Personal Papers:  Interests

Bicentennial Celebration, 1986

1

26

Personal Papers:  Interests

Bicentennial Celebration, 1986

1

27

Personal Papers:  Interests

Bicentennial Celebration, 1987

1

28

Personal Papers:  Interests

Bicentennial Celebration, 1987-88

1

29

Personal Papers:  Interests

Five Points Association, 1990

1

30

Personal Papers:  Interests

Junior Achievement, 1987

1

31

Personal Papers:  Interests

Junior Achievement, 1988

1

32

Personal Papers:  Interests

Junior Achievement, 1989

1

33

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Toledo Magazine, 1990

Article written by Ligibel

1

34

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Beaches, 1906-10

1

35

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Bedford Township, 1994

1

36

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Bowling Green, 1984

1

37

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Bridges, 1906-88

1

38

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Buildings, 1906-89

1

39

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Buildings, 1906-1990

1

40

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Buildings, 1991-94

1

41

Closed File

(Removed to Range 4)

1

42

Closed File

(Removed to Range 4)

1

43

Closed File

(Removed to Range 4)

2

1

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Buildings; downtown Toledo

2

2

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Buildings; downtown Toledo

2

3

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Buildings; downtown Toledo

2

4

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Building Permits

2

5

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Central Toledo, 1990-Milburn Hotel

2

6

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Churches

2

7

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Construction

2

8

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Dixon Block

2

9

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Toledo

2

10

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Toledo

2

11

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Toledo

2

12

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Toledo; Birckhead Place

2

13

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Tol.; Valentine Theater

2

14

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Toledo; Vistula

2

15

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Downtown Toledo; Vistula

2

16

Printed Materials:  Clippings

East Bay Shore

2

17

Printed Materials:  Clippings

East Toledo

2

18

Printed Materials:  Clippings

East Toledo

2

19

Printed Materials:  Clippings

East Toledo; Birmingham

2

20

Printed Materials:  Clippings

East Toledo; Ironville

2

21

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Fayette, Ohio

2

22

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Fremont, Ohio

2

23

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Grand Rapids, Ohio

2

24

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Henry County; Hamler, Ohio

2

25

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Holland, Ohio

2

26

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Hospitals

2

27

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Indian Hills

2

28

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Indian Hills

2

29

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Individuals

2

30

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Individuals

2

31

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Infrastructure

2

32

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Libraries

2

33

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Lima, Ohio

2

34

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Lyons, Ohio

2

35

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Maumee

2

36

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Monclova

2

37

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Neighborhood Housing Services

2

38

Printed Materials:  Clippings

North Toledo

2

39

Printed Materials:  Clippings

North Toledo; Lagrange

2

40

Printed Materials:  Clippings

North Toledo; Manhattan

2

41

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Northwood

2

42

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old Orchard; Hopewell

2

43

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old Orchard

2

44

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old South End

2

45

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old West End

2

46

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old West End

2

47

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old West End

2

48

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old West End

2

49

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Old West End

2

50

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Oregon

2

51

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Ottawa Hills

2

52

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Parks

2

53

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Perrysburg

2

54

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Point Place

2

55

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Railway

2

56

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Real Estate Gen. Tax Inquiry

2

57

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Rossford

2

58

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Schools

2

59

Printed Materials:  Clippings

South Toledo

2

60

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Spencer Township

2

61

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Springfield

2

62

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Suburbs

2

63

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Sylvania

2

64

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Sylvania

3

1

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Tiffin

3

2

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Toledo, City of

3

3

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Uptown

3

4

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Warehouse District

3

5

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Warehouse District

3

6

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Warren-Sherman, 1989

3

7

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Waterville

3

8

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Westmoreland

3

9

Printed Materials:  Clippings

West Toledo

3

10

Printed Materials:  Clippings

West Toledo

3

11

Printed Materials:  Clippings

West Toledo; Ottawa Park

3

12

Printed Materials:  Clippings

West Toledo; Ottawa Park

3

13

Printed Materials:  Clippings

West Toledo; Univ. Toledo

3

14

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Whitehouse

3

15

Printed Materials:  Clippings

Wood County

3

16

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Adrian, Michigan, 1988

3

17

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Architecture, 1987

3

18

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Architecture, 1988

3

19

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Art Deco, 1988

3

20

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Bancroft Hills, 1991

3

21

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Bancroft Hills

3

22

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Blissfield, Michigan, 1988

3

23

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Bowling Green,1987

3

24

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Bridges

3

25

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Clubhouses

3

26

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Columbus, Ohio

3

27

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Curtice, Ohio, 1987

3

28

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo

3

29

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo

3

30

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo

3

31

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo

3

32

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo; St. Pat

3

33

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo; Boyer

3

34

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo; Valentine

3

35

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo; Vistula

3

36

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Downtown Toledo; YWCA

3

37

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Dundee, Michigan, 1991

3

38

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

East Toledo

3

39

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

East Toledo

3

40

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

East Toledo, 1987-88

3

41

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

East Toledo; Weber Block

3

42

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Fast Food Restaurants, 1988

3

43

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Fire Station, 1988

3

44

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1988

3

45

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Grand Rapids

3

46

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Grand Rapids, 1990

3

47

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Harvard Terrace, 1987

3

48

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Indian Hills, 1990

3

49

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Indian Hills, 1991

3

50

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Lambertville, MI, 1986-90

4

1

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Manhattan, 1990

4

2

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Marblehead, Ohio, 1988

4

3

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Marion, Ohio, 1987

4

4

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Maumee, 1987-90

4

5

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Maumee, 1991

4

6

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Maumee Valley, 1978-88

4

7

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Maumee Valley, 1988

4

8

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Maumee Valley, 1988

4

9

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Maumee Valley (photos)

4

10

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Monroe, Michigan, 1986-88

4

11

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

North Toledo, 1987

4

12

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

North Toledo; Manhattan

4

13

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old Orchard, 1987

4

14

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old Orchard

4

15

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old Orchard, 1991

4

16

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old Orchard

4

17

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old West End, 1972-87

4

18

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old West End, 1987

4

19

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old West End, 1987-89

4

20

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Old West End, 1989-90

4

21

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Oregon, Ohio

4

22

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Ottawa County, 1990

4

23

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Perrysburg, 1986-89

4

24

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Perrysburg, 1990

4

25

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Providence Township

4

26

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Railway; TA&W

4

27

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Sandusky, Ohio

4

28

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Schools

4

29

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

South Toledo; Lenk’s Hill

4

30

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Swanton \ Whitehouse

4

31

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Sylvania, 1986-89

4

32

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Sylvania

4

33

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Texas, Ohio, 1990

4

34

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Warehouse District, 1987-89

4

35

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Waterville

4

36

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Wauseon

4

37

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

West Toledo, 1987

4

38

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

West Toledo; Firefighter

 Museum, 1987

4

39

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

West Toledo, 1991

4

40

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

West Toledo; Univ. Toledo

4

41

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Westmoreland, 1987

4

42

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Wood County, Ohio

Perry Township, 1987

4

43

Printed Materials:  Student Papers

Wyoming, 1989

Yellowstone Natl. Park