Library, Manuscript Collections and Photographs

Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president, the Hayes family established a presidential library, the first in the United States. Opened in 1916, this library preserves President Hayes's personal library along with archival material from his military and political career, particularly his presidency (1877-1881). Over the years, the staff has expanded the collection to over 90,000 books which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.The Manuscripts Division contains more than 6000 linear feet of documentary material.