Morgan Digital Databases

The Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850 describes books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Ohio, from the earliest in 1796 through 1850. The bibliography is compiled and maintained by Richard P. Morgan. The bibliography includes names of libraries that own copies of these historical materials to aid in locating originals. Through a partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, many titles formerly owned by the Morgan Library are now in the AAS collections which totals over 3,700 Ohio imprints. Total imprints: 10,480 imprints added on 12/1/2015.

The Ohio Name Index, 1796-1850 includes over 156,000 names of Ohio people, businesses and institutions whose names appear in the books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in Ohio from 1796 through 1850, and are listed in the Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850. To date, the titles indexed are school catalogues, city directories, annual conventions, plus over 400 individual titles.

The Student, Teacher, and Trustee Database Project, 1800-1900 contains 744,474 entries of students, teachers, and trustees whose names appear in the catalogues of the American Antiquarian Society's School and College Collection.

 

Richard P. Morgan, the compiler of these databases, is the preeminent collector and bibliographer of Ohio imprints. His collection encompasses books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in Ohio from 1796 through 1850.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Morgan is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. While he was on the faculty of Clemson University in the 1960s, he compiled a bibliography of South Carolina imprints from 1731-1800, which was published with a foreword by Marcus McCorison.

When Mr. Morgan moved to Ohio and established himself in the business world, he turned his attention from South Carolina imprints and became the foremost collector of Ohioana.

Mr. Morgan was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1992, and in 1999 he entered into an ongoing partnership with AAS that has allowed the Society to acquire many of his collected imprints. In this manner, his extensive collection can be preserved and accessed by researchers for years to come.

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