January 27, 2022

Reference Resource Update: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Has a New Look

Via Newswise:

Launched in 1998 as an online publication after more than 10 years in print, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History’s home, http://ech.case.edu, has added many new articles but has kept a similar look.

That all changed when the encyclopedia, run by Case Western Reserve University’s Department of History and the Western Reserve Historical Society, got a facelift. The new site, reflects the expanded content of articles and will better showcase the new historic photographs of Cleveland that will be incorporated throughout the next year. Additionally, the website now includes a map section with links to a number of map archives for guests to access.

“The new design is largely a cosmetic change for ECH, making it more contemporary,” said John Grabowski, the encyclopedia’s editor. “But cosmetic surgery is good. Now we have a 21st century look.”

Just about everything one might want to know about Cleveland’s past events and people can be accessed in the 4,370 articles, enhanced with additional links to community organizations and websites, said Grabowski, the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve and vice president of collections at the historical society.


The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History’s hardcover edition made history in 1987 as the first modern American city encyclopedia. It was founded and organized by the late Case Western Reserve history professor David Van Tassel, who is known as the father of National History Day.

Grabowski assisted with the first hardcover edition and was one of the editors of the encyclopedia’s second hard-copy edition.

Accompanying the second edition in 1996 was The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography—but those were the last hard-copy editions for both. They now both exist online.

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