Oakwood Historical Society

Archives and Collections


The new Oakwood Historical Society Archives Collection is located in the basement of the City Building at 30 Park Ave. This secure site is temperature controlled, well lit, dry, and fire proof all features lacking in the former rear of the Homestead.

We have brought all of our diverse collections of photos, files, memorabilia, microfilm, and books together in one place so that persons wanting information or to do research on the history of Oakwood can find any information that we have. Access can be arranged by appointment.

We are always receptive to donations by prior arrangement.


Our Archives

Examples of our materials are:

  • Four file cabinets with clippings and pictures of: Oakwood City activities, old council minutes, businesses and shopping places, high school and school board activities, publications, graduation programs, Harman School pictures, publications, directories, Smith School pictures, publications, directories, Lange School pictures, etc.

  • Complete set of Acorns (with some duplicates)

  • Files about NCR, Wright Brothers, Hawthorn Hill, 75th Anniversary, events, old newspapers, etc.

  • Files about people, events, and places

  • Books about history of State, Region, County, Dayton, and Oakwood, with sample writings of local authors

  • Video tapes, audio tapes, and transcriptions of Oakwood residents (see list)


Oakwood Tidings

The Oakwood Tidings was a short-lived newspaper during the Great Depression. Printed out of a home, this newspaper covered life in Oakwood and Greater Dayton, and national news. The issues are invaluable for a glimpse into everyday life including ads for restaurants and grocery stores in the area. This collection of eleven issues is a great addition to the Oakwood Historical Society's collection of newspaper and records.


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1947 Far Hills Avenue | Oakwood, OH | 45419
(937) 299-3796
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