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Ohio Historical Society Archaeology

The Society's archaeology collection contains significant material representing all ancient cultures of the Ohio area, especially the Adena, Hopewell and Fort Ancient cultures. To find out more about our collections and view images, visit:

Ohio Memory

A digital library of more than 27,000 images from the Ohio Historical Society and 330 other historical societies, libraries and museums. Click here to view all items in the collection relating to American Indians in Ohio Memory.

The image to the right, part of the American Indians in Ohio scrapbook, is of the Tremper Mound excavation which took place in July and August, 1915.

Tremper Mound Excavation Photograph | Ohio Historical Society | AV 17; AL00765

Online Collection Catalog

The Ohio Historical Society's Online Collection Catalog allows you to search the records of more than 230,000 items in the Society's library, newspaper, manuscript, audiovisual, state archives, history, natural history, and archaeology collections.

Donations of Collections

The Ohio Historical Society accepts archaeological collections that have educational and/or research potential, and that fulfill the Society's collecting guidelines. If you are interested in donating material, please contact Brad Lepper at or call 614-298-2064. The Society will also curate collections resulting from cultural resource management (CRM) projects required by Federal and/or state laws, a service for which the Society will normally assess a fee. View the procedures outlining the steps in the acquisition/donation process. Pages 1-8 of the appendix are also available in an Excel document.


The collections of the Ohio Historical Society exist for the benefit of present and future generations. Therefore, the public shall be granted reasonable access, by appointment, to exhibited or stored collections, on a non-discriminatory basis for the purposes of research and other educational uses. These research procedures are designed to provide access to the collections, to coordinate research with other collections activities, to provide for an outcome for the research, and to safeguard the collections.