The Documentary Heritage of Ohio — 2001

Edited by Phillip R. Shriver and Clarence E. Wunderlin Jr.

The Documentary Heritage of Ohio is an awesome 448-page heavyweight hardback.…(T)his book is also a smorgasbord of lively tidbits and pithy excerpts from diaries, speeches, laws and reports.”

Akron Beacon Journal (Review of the hardcover edition)

“(The Documentary Heritage of Ohio) provides such a wide variety of important and interesting information that the serious historian as well as the casual reader will be richly rewarded for the time he or she spends with the book.”

Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society Newsletter (Review of the hardcover edition)

Key to the successful teaching and learning of history is its personalization. In presenting documents that help Ohio's rich history come alive in the minds of its readers, this book has purposely sought to provide eyewitness, first-person narratives that will make the reader want to turn the page and keep on reading. At the same time, mindful of the significance of guideposts basic to our understanding of the development of the state, care has been taken to include those documents such as constitutions, laws, and ordinances that have truly made a difference in the shaping of our institutions and the lives of our people.

With informative and accessible introductions to each document, editors Shriver and Wunderlin have produced a book of record that reveals the sources of Ohio's heritage. The Documentary Heritage of Ohio is the second volume in the Ohio Bicentennial Series and a must for all libraries, schools, and the bookshelves of any who wish to appreciate the state's historic accomplishments and rich heritage not only for the bicentennial of statehood in 2003 but for many years to come.


Phillip R. Shriver is the past president of Miami University. He has served as president of both the Ohio Academy of History and the Ohio Historical Society.


Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr., is a professor of history at Kent State University, editor of the Taft Papers project, and series editor of the Ohio Bicentennial Series.

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