The Special Collections Department of the Cleveland Public Library has a unique collection of documents containing historical records created by, or relating to, world-renowned individuals and historical personages, as well as individuals from the United States, Ohio, and Cleveland. It includes correspondence, documents, signatures, and notes. The "Autographs, original documents, and primary source material collection" includes, for example, a letter by Francois I, King of France (1494-1547); a letter by J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) the former director of the FBI from 1939; and a hand written speech from 1909 by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggins (1856-1923), an educator and children's author. This fascinating collection of primary source documents offers unique resource material for History Day students or general historians.
An index to the collection can be viewed in PDF format. Adobe Reader, a free application distributed by Adobe Systems, is needed to access the file. To see more interesting items, visit the Collections and Finding Aids portion of the Special Collections site.