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A list of key readings about Ohio.
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Surveys and textbooks

  • Bell, Carol Willsey. Ohio Guide to Genealogical Sources. (1988). 372 pp.
  • Benedict, Michael Les and Winkler, John F., eds. The History of Ohio Law. (2 vol. 2004). 946 pp.
  • Booth, Stephane Elise. Buckeye Women: The History of Ohio's Daughters. (2001). 239 pp.
  • Borcyczka, Raymond and Cary, Lorin Lee. No Strength without Union: An Illustrated History of Ohio Workers, 1803-1980. (1982). 328 pp.
  • Cayton, Andrew R. L. Ohio: The History of a People (2002), 473pp
  • Grant, H. Roger and Clarence Wunderlin. Ohio On The Move: Transportation In Buckeye State (2000)
  • Knepper, George W. Ohio and Its People. (3rd ed. 2003), textbook; ISBN 0-87338-791-0
  • Lafferty, Michael B., ed. Ohio's Natural Heritage. (1979). 324 pp.
  • Parker, Gregory; Sisson, Richard; and Coil, William Russell, eds. Ohio & the World: Essays toward a New History of Ohio. (2005). 199 pp.
  • Sisson, Richard, ed. The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (2006)
  • Smith, Thomas H., ed. An Ohio Reader. Vol. 1, 1750 to the Civil War. Vol 2. Reconstruction to the Present. (1975). 763 pp. articles by historians

to 1860

  • Blue, Frederick J. Salmon P. Chase: A Life in Politics (1987)
  • Bond Jr., Beverley W. The Foundations of Ohio. Volume: 1. 1941. detailed history to 1802.
  • Brown, Jeffrey P., and Andrew R. L. Cayton, eds. The Pursuit of Public Power: Political Culture in Ohio, 1787-1861 (1994)
  • Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest (1950), Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Carter, Harvey Lewis. The Life and Times of Little Turtle: First Sagamore of the Wabash. (1987). 275 pp.
  • Cayton, Andrew R. L. The Frontier Republic: Ideology and Politics in the Ohio Country, 1780-1825 (1986)
  • Cayton, Andrew R.L. and Stuart D. Hobbs. The Center of a Great Empire: The Ohio Country in the Early Republic (2005)
  • Fox, Stephen C. The Group Bases of Ohio Political Behavior, 1803-1848. (1989). 349 pp.
  • Giesen, Myra Jayne. "Late Prehistoric Populations in the Ohio Area: Biological Affinities and Stress Indicators." PhD dissertation, anthropology. Ohio State U. 1992. 271 pp. DAI 1993 53(8): 2872-A. DA9238180 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Hendrick, Booraem V. The Road to Respectability: James A. Garfield and His World, 1844-1852 (1988)
  • Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. (1996). ISBN 0-253-21212-X 418pp
  • Jones, Robert Leslie. History of Agriculture in Ohio to 1880. (1983). 416 pp.
  • Leet, Don R. Population Pressure and Human Fertility Response: Ohio, 1810-1860. (1978). 291 pp.
  • Maizlish, Stephen E. The Triumph of Sectionalism: The Transformation of Ohio Politics, 1844-1856 (1983), 310pp
  • O'Donnell, James H. Ohio's First Peoples. (2004). ISBN 0-8214-1525-5
  • Ratcliffe, Donald J. The Politics of Long Division: The Birth of the Second Party System in Ohio, 1818-1828. (2000). 455 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, Donald J. Party Spirit in a Frontier Republic: Democratic Politics in Ohio, 1793-1821 (1998). 336 pp. online review
  • Rokicky, Catherine M. Creating a Perfect World: Religious and Secular Utopias in Nineteenth-Century Ohio. (2002). 181 pp.
  • Utter, William T. The Frontier State: 1803-1825, vol. 2 of History of the State of Ohio (1942).
  • VanVugt, William E. British Buckeyes: The English, Scots, and Welsh in Ohio, 1700-1900. (2006). 295 pp.
  • Weisenburger, Francis P. The Passing of the Frontier, vol. 3 (1941), detailed history of 1830s and 1840s
  • Winkle, Kenneth J. The Politics of Community: Migration and Politics in Antebellum Ohio. (1988). 239 pp.

1860-1920

  • Comer, James Ray. "Immigration and Foodways in Ohio, 1870-1920." PhD dissertation Bowling Green State U. 2001. 369 pp. DAI 2001 62(6): 2217-A. DA3016141 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Downes, Randolph C. The Rise of Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1865-1920. (1970). 734 pp
  • Gerber, David A. Black Ohio and the Color Line, 1860-1915. (1977). 500 pp.
  • Hoogenboom, Ari. Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President. (1995). 626 pp.
  • Jensen, Richard. The Winning of the Midwest: Social and Political Conflict, 1888-1896 (1971)
  • Jordan, Philip D.Ohio Comes of Age: 1873-1900 Volume 5 (1968)
  • Klement, Frank L. The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War. (1998). 351 pp.
  • Morton, Jack Devon. "Ohio's Gallant Fight: Northern State Politics during the Reconstruction Era, 1865-1878." PhD dissertation. U. of Virginia 2005. 274 pp. DAI 2005 66(1): 313-A. DA3161251 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Roseboom, Eugene. The Civil War Era, 1850-1873, vol. 4 (1944), detailed general history
  • Semsel, Craig Robert. "Built to Move Millions: Transit Vehicle Manufacture in Ohio, 1880-1938." PhD dissertation Case Western Reserve U. 2001. 720 pp. DAI 2002 62(9): 3162-3163-A. DA3027315 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Weeks, Philip, ed. Buckeye Presidents: Ohioans in the White House. (2003). 240 pp.
  • Wheeler, Kenneth W., ed. For the Union: Ohio Leaders in the Civil War. (1968) 497 pp.

1920 to present

  • Bower, Kevin Patrick. "Relief, Reform, and Youth: The National Youth Administration in Ohio, 1935-1943." PhD dissertation U. of Cincinnati 2003. 201 pp. DAI 2003 64(5): 1787-A. DA3092078 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Coil, William Russell. "'New Deal Republican': James A. Rhodes and the Transformation of the Republican Party, 1933-1983." PhD dissertation Ohio State U. 2005. 345 pp. DAI 2005 66(6): 2357-A. DA3180621 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Davies, Richard O. Defender of the Old Guard: John Bricker and American Politics. (1993). 271 pp.
  • Giffin, William W. African Americans and the Color Line in Ohio, 1915-1930. (2005). 312 pp.
  • Lamis, Alexander P. and Sharkey, Mary Anne, eds. Ohio Politics. (1994). 417 pp. textbook
  • Lieberman, Carl, ed. Government, Politics, and Public Policy in Ohio. (1995). 277 pp. textbook
  • Patterson, James T. Mr. Republican: A Biography of Robert A. Taft. (1972). 749 pp.
  • VanTine, Warren, et al. In the Workers' Interest: A History of the Ohio AFL-CIO, 1958-1998. (1998). 219 pp.

Localities and regions

  • Curl, Donald W. Murat Halstead and the Cincinnati Commercial. (1980). 186 pp
  • Hirsimaki, Eric. Lima: The History. (1986). 351 pp.
  • Moore, Jonathan Barrons. "Local Economic Development in the Post-industrial Service Economy: Manufacturing Communities in the Ohio River Valley." PhD dissertation Ohio State U. 2003. 255 pp. DAI 2004 65(3): 1065-A. DA3124375 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Painter, Sue Ann. Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City. (2006) 368pp; ISBN 978-0-8214-1701-0 online review
  • Ross, Steven J. Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890 (1985), new social history
  • Van Tassel, David D.. and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (1987), also online
  • Van Tassel, David D.. and John J. Grabowski, eds. Cleveland: A Tradition of Reform (1986)
  • Ware, Jane. Building Ohio: A Traveler's Guide to Ohio's Urban Architecture. (2001). 330 pp.
  • Wheeler, Kenneth H. "Local Autonomy and Civil War Draft Resistance: Holmes County, Ohio" Civil War History, Vol. 45, 1999
  • WPA. Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors (1943), 574pp; famous guide book, with history

Primary sources

  • Bentley, Anna Briggs. American Grit: A Woman's Letters from the Ohio Frontier. ed. by Emily Foster, (2002). 344 pp. online review
  • Dee, Christine, ed. Ohio's War: The Civil War in Documents. (2007). 244 pp. online review
  • Foster, Emily, ed. The Ohio Frontier: An Anthology of Early Writings. (1996). 229 pp.
  • Gebby, Margaret. Farm Wife: A Self-Portrait, 1886-1896. ed. by Virginia E. McCormick. (1990). 243 pp.
  • Johnson, Tom L. My Story (1993), reform mayor of Cleveland
  • Saxbe, William B. and Franklin, Peter D. I've Seen the Elephant: An Autobiography. (2000). 267 pp. Saxbe was a politician and US Senator 1946-74
  • Shriver, Phillip R., Jr. and Clarence E. Wunderlin. eds. Documentary Heritage Of Ohio (2001)