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About Me[edit]

I've been interested in local history and other Cincinnati-related articles.

I've organized local Wikipedia events for Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Art and Wikipedia 10 in Cincinnati.

I'm also interested in Hackerspaces and the surrounding movements and I'm a co-founder of my local hackerspace Hive13.


Another project I've worked on is mashing up the Template:Reqphoto tag with the geolocation data on Wikipedia articles using the Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates or geonames API: My efforts so far are on my personal site:

Photos I've taken appear in these articles:

Cincinnati / Ohio / Wikipedia Loves Art Meetup[edit]

I was chosen to help with the Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Art project along with the Taft Museum of Art.

I'm also

I'm going to plan on being at the Taft Museum for the Wikipedia Loves Art event / contest on this coming Sunday the 22nd from 11-12. I'm hoping I'll get a chance to meet up with other Wikipedians, photographers, and art lovers. Although this is a way to hopefully encourage participation in that project, I hope other Wikipedians will feel free to come and chat. It is not necessary to pay admission to come into the cafe portion of the Taft. Please stop by and see me! DaveMenninger (talk) 01:00, 18 February 2009 (UTC).


my revisions of Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:



  • William Frederick Poole ran Library when it became it's own tax-funded institution separate from the schools in 1869.

PLCH traces its roots to a subscription library that began in 1802. On March 14, 1853, it became the Cincinnati Public Library.[1] Since its founding, the library has occupied several locations, including its current location at Eighth Street and Vine Street.[2]

Rufus King[edit]

  • school board president
  • was the driving force behind making the library a free, tax-funded public library with its own librarian and its own building.
  • The Cincinnati Rufus King was born in 1817 in Chilicothe and was president of UC 1860-1869. Like Rufus King (general) he was also a grandson of the constitution signing Rufus King.
  • The library's mascot, Rufus the reading dog, is named for Rufus King.

Main Library[edit]

  • old main, 1954 building, 1982 expansion, 1997 expansion


For many years, the library used the Computerized Information Network for Cincinnati and Hamilton County (CINCH) as a system-wide library catalog, which connected each branch through a large number of computer terminals. Users at home were permitted to access the database via TELNET. In 2005, this system was replaced with an integrated library system (ILS) purchased from library automation vendor Sirsi, now SirsiDynix.

Budget Cuts[edit]

Beginning in 2001, budget cuts from the State of Ohio drastically reduced funding for PLCH. In July 2002, the Board of Trustees voted to close branch locations in Deer Park, Elmwood Place, Greenhills and Mount Healthy. The board later backed off on the branch closing plan after a strong negative response from citizens in the affected neighborhoods.[3]

Award (make "awards" its own section?)[edit]

In 2005, the library received the American Library Association's John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award.


In 2005, a state budget plan that cut spending on libraries a further five percent was passed in the Ohio House of Representatives, after being proposed by Ohio governor Bob Taft. The budget prompted the library to distribute flyers and hold rallies in Downtown Cincinnati, calling on the state to repeal the proposed cuts.[4] The cuts resulted in a periodic hiring freeze, reductions in hours, branch and department closings, and the layoff of approximately forty librarians. Librarians responded by voting to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 in 2006.[5]

After nine months of contentious negotiations over a union contract, the parties (SEIU and the library administration) resorted to a hearing in front of a third-party neutral negotiator, who drew up a labor contract. Librarians voted 45–1 to approve the contract. The library's Board of Trustees subsequently voted the contract down by a 7–0 vote, citing concerns over 'fair share' proposals built into the contract. After further negotiations between SEIU and attorneys for the library, the Board approved a union contract that did not include fair share. See the Agency shop article for clarification.


In 2007, the library began implementing a dramatic reorganization plan, known as ML/21 (Main Library for the 21st Century), that will lead to the creation of a Technology Center, Teen Center, a Popular Library, and a Local History and Genealogy Department. The plan also calls for the disbanding of subject departments in Art & Music, Literature & Languages, History and Genealogy, Rare Books and Special Collections, Science & Technology, Government and Business, Education & Religion, Fiction & Young Adults, and Films and Recordings. The latter two departments will comprise the new Popular Library. The History and Genealogy Department will be merged with Rare Books and Special Collections to create the aforementioned Local History and Genealogy department. The other subject departments will comprise the Information and Reference department. Approximately 24 professional positions (those holding a master's degree in Library and Information Science) are slated for elimination through attrition and reassignment. [6][7]

Digitization Project[edit]

In July 2007, the library agreed to join with Kirtas Technologies, Inc. to digitize rare books and make them available via The plan costs the library nothing and allows it to retain full control what is digitized. Profits from sales of the digitized books are to be shared with the library. Other institutions involved in the plan include the University of Maine, Emory University in Atlanta, and the Toronto Public Library in Ontario.[8]

List of Branches[edit]

The entrance to the Avondale branch features Rookwood Tile.

How much content should be brought over from Should I make new pages for all branches?

Former Branches[edit]

  • In August 2007 the old Bond Hill Branch (on Dale Rd.) and the old Roselawn Branch (on Reading Rd.) were closed and merged into the new Bond Hill Branch (in Jordan's Crossing on Reading Rd.).
  • copied from "The Roselawn Branch opened for business in November, 1951. At that time, it was located in the Roselawn Center Building on Section Road. Approximately ten years later, the branch was expanded to twice its original size and a separate children's room was added to the facility. In July 1972, the Roselawn Branch relocated to larger quarters in the Valley Shopping Center." <-- not sure if that's permitted


Cincinnati had 9 Carnegie libraries. Currently 7 are still in use as library branches: Avondale, Corryville, Hyde Park, Northside, Norwood, Price Hill, Walnut Hills

  • Old East End Branch was a Carnegie.

List of directors[edit]

I might as well start on this while I'm at it.

  • John D. Caldwell - 1855-1857 - became head of library by default when he became Clerk of the Board of Education back when the library was run by that institution
  • N. Peabody Poor - 1857-1866 - First full time Librarian distinct from Clerk
  • Lewis Freeman - 1866-1869
  • William Frederick Poole - 1869-1873 - cincinnati library's first Librarian; brought by Rufus King to run the new tax-supported Library King created; planned (but left before the opening of) new Main Library on Vine
  • Thomas Vickers - 1874-1879
  • Chester W. Merrill - 1880-1886
  • Albert W. Whelpley - 1886-1900
  • Nathaniel D.C. Hodges - 1900-1924
  • Chalmers Hadley - 1924-1945
  • Carl Vitz - 1946-1955
  • Ernest I. Miller - 1955-1971
  • James R. Hunt - 1971-1991
  • Robert D. Stonestreet - 1991-1998

Samuel Hannaford[edit]

my notes about Samuel Hannaford

List of Works[edit]

memory project has a "hannaford collection":

Hannaford Solo[edit]

Anderson & Hannaford[edit]

Hannford started his career working with Edwin Anderson (architect). The Workhouse was their biggest job together. (List taken from

  • Holy Name Church (Zimmerman mansion), ca 1860
  • Marcus Fechheimer house 1861-1862
  • Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad Depot 1864
  • Miami Medical College 1866
  • Cincinnati Workhouse 1867-1869
  • Daniel Buell Pierson house 1867
  • Christ Episcopal Church Glendale 1868
  • Oakwood 1869
  • West Virginia State Capital 1870
  • Engine Co. #3 1870
  • Fire Engine Co. #19 1871
  • Engine Co. # 16 1871
  • Winton Place Methodist Church 1884

Hannaford & Procter[edit]

Hannford worked with Edwin Procter on a number of buildings, most notably Music Hall. The partnership was dissolved before Music Hall was finished.

(List taken from )

  • Hartwell United Methodist Church 1875
  • Glendale Town Hall 1875
  • Emery Hotel 1876
  • Church of Our Savior 1877
  • Episcopal Church of the Resurrection 1877
  • Music Hall
  • Mt. Washington Mortuary 1877

Hannford & Sons[edit]

(Taken from )

  • City Hall 1887-1893
  • Sacred Heart Chapel 1887 NHR
  • Hoffner Lodge 1885
  • Krippendorf-Dittman & Co. 1888
  • William Miller Department Store 1889
  • George Nelson Stone house 1890-1891
  • Shubert Theater 1892
  • Odd Fellows Temple 1891
  • Richard Mitchell mansion 1893
  • Parkview 1895 NHR
  • Charles B. Russel house 1890
  • Sorg Opera House 1890
  • P.J. Sorg Tobacco Factory 1890
  • Sorg Mansion 1887
  • Sorg Cottage ????
  • Armory of Ohio National Guard 1886
  • Sisters of Mercy Academy and Convent 1897
  • St. Francis of Seraph College 1898
  • St. Francis of Seraph School 1908
  • UC McMicken Hall 1895
  • UC Van Wormer Library 1899
  • Thomas Morrison house 1875 NHR
  • The Citadel 1905
  • The Phoenix Club 1893
  • Calvary Episcopal Parish House and Sunday School 1887
  • Westwood Methodist Episcopal church 1896
  • Northside Methodist Episcopal Church 1887
  • Eden Park Water Tower 1894, pumping station 1889
  • Our Lady of Providence Academy and Chapel 1902
  • The Strobridge Lithographing Co. 1882
  • German National Bank
  • 6th Street Market 1896


  • East End Branch funded by Andrew Carnegie in 1906. Converted to community center in early 1990's

old unsorted list[edit]

  1. ^ Fleischman, John (November 2002). Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County 1853–2003. Cincinnati, Ohio: Orange Frazer Press. ISBN 1882203917. {{cite book}}: Check date values in: |date= (help); More than one of |author= and |last= specified (help)
  2. ^ Seavey, Charles (2001). "Cincinnati Public Library." Images From The 1876 Report. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri. Accessed July 8, 2005.
  3. ^ Korte, Gregory (2002-08-10). "Library Didn't See Squeeze Coming". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. A1. {{cite news}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Cincinnatians Speak Out against State Budget Cuts". American Libraries Online. American Library Association. 2005-04-22. Retrieved 2005-06-28. {{cite news}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Librarians Vote in Favor of Forming Labor Union". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 2006-01-31. p. 2B. {{cite news}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ “Board Approves Moving Forward on Main Library for the 21st Century Plan” 2006-11-30 Accessed March 16, 2007.
  7. ^ Kurtzman, Lori (2006-12-05). "Main Library Ready for New Chapter with Service Overhaul". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. C3. {{cite news}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ Doloff, Aimee (2007-07-07). "UM Reaches Deal to Make Digital Copies of Rare Books". Bangor Daily News. {{cite news}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)