Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center


Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County
[Ohio] Photograph Collection






Agency History

Scope and Content



The collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 1982 by the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County. More information about the organization and its activities may be found in the Local History File in the libraryís reading room.

Agency History

Founded in 1946 to promote the economic interests of Sandusky County, Ohio, the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County was largely responsible for the development of Kessler Industrial Park; recreational facilities at White Star Park at Gibsonburg, Ohio; and better relations between agricultural and business interests. The organization, a private entity located at 101 South Front Street in Fremont, Ohio, and supported by the areaís business community, also established programs to recognize and develop the areaís civic and business leadership.

As the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation ( formed in 1985) began to take over the organizationís economic improvement programs, the chamber focused on enhancing the skills and education of the areaís workforce, representing and lobbying for small businesses, and encouraging the employment of area youth. The Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County is governed by a board of directors composed of local business leaders to whom committee chairs report. The organization publishes a series of guides highlighting county resources and activities. A monthly newsletter titled "The Voice of the Chamber" informs members of organizational views, events, and services. In recent years, the organizationís emphasis has been on community planning and development, tourism, and trade.

Scope and Content

The collection of 82 black and white photographic prints was part of the records of the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County and date from the early years of the twentieth century to 1982. The images were taken by several Fremont, Ohio, commercial photographers perhaps for the purpose of promoting the areaís economic and cultural features to prospective businesses owners and real estate developers. The collectionís focus is largely the city of Fremont, the county seat and largest city within the limits of Sandusky County. It includes approximately twenty aerial views depicting potential sites for industrial parks, the downtown business district, businesses and industries, the Sandusky River, residential areas, and highways. The collection also contains individual photographs of Fremont businesses, industries, parks, churches, public buildings, and municipal services. Those images taken early in the twentieth century were perhaps part of the records of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, an organization with similar goals that existed before the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County.


Ac. 4478
82 items

Box 1

Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County Photographs

1. Aerial Views (21)

2. Banquet (unidentified), 1950 (1)

3. Business and Industry (11)
    Herbrand (Stone Street)
    Fremont Suspender Co.
    Carter - Christy
    Jackson Shear
    Fremont Savings Bank
    Tourist Camp
    Columbia Gas

4. Churches (7)
    Hayes Memorial Methodist
    Grace Lutheran (3)
    St. Johnís Lutheran (2)
    St. Paulís Episcopal

5. Early Street Paving (2)

6. Filtration Plant and Water Tower (5)

7. Corner Stone Laying Ceremony (1)
    Ground breaking ceremonies
    Controls (1)
    Crown Rubber (1)
    CATV 11-9-70 (1)
    Fremont Container (1)
    Weigand (1)
    Comp (1)
    Moore (1)
    Unidentified (3)

8. Miscellaneous Buildings
    Moose Bldg. - Park Avenue & West State (1)
    Unidentified (2)

9. Governor James Rhodes photographed with a group of four unidentified men (duplicates) (x4)

10. Parks, Monuments, Sandusky River (3)

11. Public Buildings
      Birchard Library (1)
      Memorial Hospital (1)
      Sandusky County Courthouse (3)

12. Schools
      Ross High School (1)
      St. Joseph Central Catholic High School (2)

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