The Manuscripts division of the Canaday Center collects, preserves, and makes available historical records of individuals, organizations, and businesses important to the history of Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Collections include records and personal papers of political figures, civic leaders, labor unions, social service agencies, and Toledo corporations. For a complete list of the various subjects that are covered in the Manuscripts Collection please refer to the right panel of this page. You can also find a more detailed description of our collecting areas in the Manuscripts Collecting Policy, here.
Access to the Manuscripts Collection starts with the finding aid. Each collection has a detailed guide that includes a summary of the scope and content of the collection and a folder inventory. Researchers can access some of the guides through the University of Toledo Catalog, which are differentiated from books by a local call number beginning with the letters "MSS". Guides are also available in the Reading Room of the Center, and many are also accessible online through the subject links to the right. Finding aids should be consulted before requesting use of the collections.
Researchers interested in the use of Canaday Center materials are encouraged to contact any member of the Center's staff and faculty to discuss their research needs. Please note that some collections are housed at the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository and may require up to 72 hours' notice for access.