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Cincinnati Park Board Records

 Collection
Identifier: ON-94-01

Scope and Content

This collection of Cincinnati Park Board records contains glass slides of wildflowers, and photographs of various parks, park maintenance machinery, and park police officers. The collection also contains 16 mm films, annual reports for the Board of Park Commissioners, budget information for the Cincinnati Park Board, and a history of the Board of Park Commissioners.

Dates

  • 1913-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

History of the Cincinnati Park Board

The City of Cincinnati formed the Board of Park Commissioners in 1906, and in 1907, the city adopted it's first park plan, "A Park System for the City of Cincinnati" by landscape architect, George Kessler. The city then embarked on an aggressive campaign of land acquisition, and by the 1920s, most of the parks recommended in the 1907 plan were established including Mt. Airy Forest, Ault Park, and Mt. Storm Park. Enhancements were made to the parks in the 1930s and early 1940s as a result of federal funding during the Great Depression. In fact, half of the existing structures in Cincinnati's parks, including Krohn Conservatory, were built between 1929 and 1943. Although growth stalemated during World War II, construction began again in the 1950s and 1960s. By 2009, the Cincinnati Park Board managed more than 5,000 acres of city park land in the form of regional parks, neighborhood parks, natural areas, nature centers, parkways, scenic overlooks, and hiking and riding trails.

Extent

3.3 Linear Feet

Overview

This collection of Cincinnati Park Board records contains glass slides of wildflowers, and photographs of various parks, park maintenance machinery, and park police officers. The collection also contains 16 mm films, annual reports for the Board of Park Commissioners, budget information for the Cincinnati Park Board, and a history of the Board of Park Commissioners.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type and then by the topic of the material.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library
Title
Finding aid for the Cincinnati Park Board Records, 1913-1990
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives and Rare Books Staff
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

Contact:
8th Floor Blegen Library
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P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati Ohio 45221-0113
513-556-1959