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Includes original papers and other matter relating to adjacent country with biographical notices of the pioneers and surveyors.

The Early History of Cleveland, published in 1867, includes journal entries from the early survey parties that surveyed the Western Reserve. Also included is geological information and a history of the Native Americans in the area. This book is considered a landmark, because it was the first book length history of Cleveland.

The author, Charles Whittlesey, was a geologist by trade, but had many different interests. He also practiced law, was interested in archeology and history as well. He helped to found the Western Reserve Historical Society, and served as their president for a time. He was chosen to serve on the first geologic survey of Ohio, and also aided surveys for ore in both Michigan and Wisconsin.



ISBN-13: 978-1-936323-37-1, ISBN-10: 1-936323-37-0

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Fairbanks, Benedict, & Co., Printers, Herald Office




Cleveland History, 1867, Western Reserve, Cleveland settlers and surveyors


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Shelia Harris typed the entire book in 1997-98, while employed as a student assistant in the Cleveland State University Library. In 2002-2003, Jeff Geiger proofed her typed text, converted it into html, scanned the all the images and added the hyperlinks, as his practicum project here from the Kent State School of Library and Information Science. Donna Stewart, CSU Library Systems Department, created the graphic. Thanks to Janet Mongan of the CSU Library for her support.--from

The book was originally published in 1867 by Fairbanks, Benedict, & Co., Printers, Herald Office.

Redistributed in 2015 by MSL Academic Endeavors, Imprint of Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library.

Early History of Cleveland, Ohio