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City Council Archives

This is an archive for the legislative files of Cleveland City Council. These resources are available without charge to researchers. Frequent researchers include high school and college students, corporate researchers, city officials, genealogist, lawyers, developers, media and authors. The archives’ staff answered more than 565 reference requests in 2010.

Effectively the Archives started with the Act of Incorporation of the Village of Cleveland December 23, 1814. Stated therein:

That it shall be the duty of the recorder to make and keep a true and accurate record of all laws and ordinances made and established, of streets laid out by the trustees, and of all their proceedings in their corporate capacity, which records shall at times be open to the inspection of every elector in said village.

The mission of the Archives

To support the goals of the Cleveland City Council, the city administration, and the citizens of the city by identifying, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and making accessible for the use of city officials, scholars, students, and the general public the records of enduring value created or received by Cleveland City Council, its elected officials, and the city agencies.


Martin Hauserman
Chief City Archivist

Veronica Pierce
Deputy City Archivist

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