One of the highlights of the reference collection at Cleveland Public Library is the chess and checkers material amassed by John G. White who was President of the Board of Trustees in the early part of the 20th century. He donated his impressive collection to the library at the time of his death along with an endowment to continue adding to it.
Chess and checkers researchers from around the world use this material - either visiting the library in person or using email and digital scans - to document, analyze and write about the history of these complex and challenging games. Recently, three members of the Ken Whyld Association spent a day at the library looking at and photographing primary source material from the great chess player Emanuel Lasker.
Ken Whyld was a prolific British chess author, perhaps best known for his title The Oxford Companion to Chess, co-authored by David Hooper. Shortly after Whyld's death, the Ken Whyld Association was established with the aim of compiling a comprehensive chess bibliography in database form and promoting chess history. Many of the leading chess researchers working today are members and use the forum to share chess information and the latest progress on their research.
You can call Special Collections for more information: 216-623-2818.
- Cleveland Finds I
- Cleveland Finds II
- Cleveland Finds III