The Archives contains research materials on Lakeside, Danbury Township, Marblehead Peninsula, and other U.S. historic independent Chautauquas.  The collection is catalogued within four areas:

  • Objects – an artifact or physical object describing art, archeology, natural history, geology, and history;
  • Photographs – record of people, places, events, and architecture at a specific point in time;
  • Archives – unpublished materials such as documents, manuscripts, oral histories, videotapes, personal papers, maps and music; and
  • Library – published books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets and recordings.

The current collection includes the following:

  • The Lakeside Chautauqua collection: season programs, newspapers, publications, clubs, societies, directories, cottage files including photographs, property transfer records from 1873, performers and speakers index by date from 1880 to present; and Association historical files;
  • The Lakeside-Marblehead Peninsula collection: newspapers published since 1881, subject and year files from 1875 to present; and obituary index on permanent or summer residents;
  • American independent Chautauquas;
  • Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department historical files 1905-2013;
  • Over 10,000 historic photographs and postcards;
  • Oral histories, family portfolios, dairies and scrapbooks from the early 1900s;
  • Ohio Methodist Conference bulletins;
  • Hymnals, Sunday School books; temperance and camp meeting song books;
  • Area transportation history by railroad or boat;
  • Area maps;
  • Preservation and remodeling books, including materials received through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Resources; and
  • Genealogy materials published by the Ottawa County Genealogy Society.

The Media collection: slides used for Lakeside presentations, audiotapes of sermons delivered by visiting clergy (mostly during the 1980s and 1990s) and a few DVDs of delivered presentations.