What’s in the Local History Collection
Local History Archives
- Search the Local History Archives
- Shaker Library’s Local History Archives include materials on:
- Architecture of Shaker Heights
- Business in Shaker Heights
- City of Shaker Heights
- Clark-Lee Freeway fight
- Community Associations
- History of Shaker Heights
- People of Shaker Heights
- School reform groups
- Shaker Heights League of Women Voters
- Box List of recent acquisitions
- Shaker Heights Public Library
- Shaker Heights Schools
- Shaker Heights Schools — reform movements/parent groups
- Shaker Life magazine
- Shaker Rapid Transit
- Shaker Square
- Shakers of North Union Colony
- Traffic Barricades
- Warrensville West Cemetery
- and much more!
Audiobooks and music on CDs — spoken word and music recordings by Shaker Authors
- Documentaries on Shaker Heights
- Dramatic works by Shaker Authors
- Fair Housing Review board-donated documentary collection
- Filmed programs and events
- Shaker Heights High School commencements
- Shaker Schools promotional materials
Blueprints and House Plans
- Shaker Heights buildings, 1945-, on microfilm
- Shaker Heights buildings, 1995-, on paper (incomplete)
- See Shaker Heights Blueprints for more information
Serials from Shaker Heights, by Shaker Heights residents, or about Shaker Heights:
Newsletters and Bulletins
- Court Courier — Shaker Heights Municipal Court
- Shaker Heights church bulletins
- Shaker School Review — Shaker Heights Board of Education
- Shaker Heights Voter — League of Women Voters
- This Week in Shaker — edited by Jane Wood
- Welcoming Words — Eastside Welcome Club
- Cleveland Press — on microfilm, Jan 1976-April 1981
- The Connection/The SHAD Connection — Shaker Square Area Development Corporation
- The Shakerite — Shaker Heights High School
- Sun Press/Heights Press — on microfilm, 1936-1999 (incomplete)
- City of Shaker Heights operating budgets and CAFRs
- Shaker Heights Municipal Court Annual Reports
Shaker Authors Collection
- Published works by current and former residents of Shaker Heights
- See Shaker Authors to learn more
High School Yearbooks
High School Yearbooks can be viewed any time the library is open. Ask for help at the Adult Reference Desk, and leave your ID with the librarian while you use the yearbooks in the building. Selected years are for sale in the Friends of Shaker Library’s Never-Ending Sale for $5 each.
- Shaker Heights High School Gristmill, 1922-, complete
- Hathaway Brown School Specularia, 1898-, incomplete
- Laurel School Laurel Leaves, 1939-, incomplete
- University School Mabian, 1926-, incomplete
- Some of these yearbooks have been commercially digitized with limited online access
Other Shaker School Yearbooks
Shaker Elementary, Middle School and Junior High school yearbooks are filed in the Local History archives. Contact the Local History Librarian for access.
- Elementary Schools: (*school closed)
- Boulevard 2016-
- Fernway 2003-2005, 2007-2010, 2012, 2013, 2016- plus Memory Books 2006, 2007, 2018
- Lomond 2016-
- Mercer 2016-
- Moreland* 1986, 1987
- Onaway 2011, 2014-
- Sussex* 1985, 1986
- Woodbury Upper Elementary 2016-
- Junior High Schools:
- Byron Jr. High 1972, 1973, 1979-1982
- Shaker Jr. High
- Woodbury Jr. High 1970-1973, 1976-1980, 1985
- Shaker Middle School 2005, 2007, 2008, 2015-
Genealogy Resources: see our suggested links and subscription databases.
Follow the links below to find additional materials, both online and in the area, on the history of Shaker Heights.
Online articles, essays, and documents on Shaker Heights history:
- Beatty, Pete. “Train Dreams Part 1“; “Train Dreams Part 2“; “Train Dreams Part 3.” Belt Magazine.
- Berger, Arnie. “The History of Shaker Square.” ShakerSquare.net
- Chew, Megan. “Shaker Heights’ Revolt Against Highways.” Ohio State University, 2009. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.
- Dawson, Virginia P. “Shaker Square and the Shaker Schools.” ShakerSquare.net
- Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. “Shaker Heights.”
- Ludlow Community Association. “Cosmopolitan Pioneers: Interracial Living a Success in Cleveland Suburb,” 1967.
- Morris, Jeffrey S. “The Haymarket to the Heights,” 2014.
- Morton, Marian. “Deferring Dreams: Racial and Religious Covenants in Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and East Cleveland, 1925 to 1970.” Teaching Cleveland, 2010.
- “100 Years of Shaker in the Making.” The Shakerite, July 5, 2012.
- Podl, Josh and Jacob Voyzey. “Ludlow: A Revolution in Grassroots Integration.” Shaker Heights High School. National History Day senior group website, 2014.
- Shaker Heights Public Library. 75 Years: An Informal History of Shaker Heights, 1987.
- Stokes-Hammond, Shelley. “Recognizing Ludlow: A National Treasure; A Community That Stood Firm For Equality.” Master’s Thesis in Historic Preservation, Goucher College, 2011.
Find more in Cleveland Digital History’s Subjects Links.
Other repositories of Shaker Heights history sources:
- Case Western Reserve University’s Special Collections & Archives
- Cleveland Public Library’s History & Geography, Map Collection, Photo Collection, and Special Collections
- Cleveland Restoration Society’s 40th anniversary project, The African American Experience in Cleveland
- Cleveland State University’s Special Collections
- Cuyahoga County Archives
- Shaker Historical Society Museum & Library
- Teaching Cleveland: Shaker Heights
- Western Reserve Historical Society
- Find more in Cleveland Digital History’s Local History Links.