Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

Jun 16

Greene County History Week 2017

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 2:46 PM by Jessica Cromer

The Greene County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution proclaiming June 17 through June 23, 2017 as Greene County History Week for the purpose of recognizing and highlighting the importance and preservation of Greene County history.

               Resolution - Greene Co History Week

The Greene County Historical Society led the charge for history week in the past, and we here at the Greene County Archives are helping to continue this important tradition in the hopes that it will continue to grow and expand over the coming years. Programs and activities next week will be emphasizing the history within Greene County and the importance of connecting the community with its history and heritage.

Greene Co Map

Included in the programming this year are historical walking tours, tours of local historical buildings, historical exhibits, informational sessions, and a juried art show.

Check out our Facebook events page for the most up-to-date activity schedules.

Some of the organizations that are scheduled to participate this year are:

Greene County Records Center and Archives

Facebook Events:

Greene County Historical Society

The Greene County Room of the Greene County Public Library

Jamestown Area Historical Society

Yellow Springs Heritage
Facebook Events:

Xenia Carnegie Library Friends
Facebook Events:

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (Wilberforce)
Website Events:
Facebook Events:

Others may still feel free to join in – and individuals should also feel free to explore other places in the county that may not be listed on the activity schedule for this year.

Until Next Time!

Jun 09

Happy International Archives Day!

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 4:49 PM by Jessica Cromer

June 9 is International Archives Day!

While there are national archives days, The International Council on Archives (ICA) made International Archives Day to raise additional awareness of the importance of archives and records and the benefits of preserving them for the access of future generations. June 9th was chosen as the logical day because on this day in 1948, The International Council on Archives was created under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). ICA’s 70th anniversary will be next year, and today marks the 10th annual independently celebrated International Archives Day.

“This year’s International Archives Day theme ‘Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism’ resonates with our ICA mission to encourage and support the development of archives in all countries while respecting cultural diversity.

Through the sharing of experiences, research and archival records management we enrich and strengthen our role as archivists. In supporting accountability, access to records and good governance, we are directly contributing to democracy and the enhancement of citizen’s rights.”
- David Fricker, President of ICA

ICA logo

As the race against time continues on with the need to preserve historic evidence through records and archives, raising public and institutional awareness is becoming more and more vital. It is up to each individual person, organization, and institution to work with Archivists and Records Managers to help preserve history, or at the very least realize the importance of doing so.

The following are a few resources for more information.


International Archives Day 2017:

ICA International Archives Day Interactive Map:

Ask Archivists Blog:


International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA):

Until next time!

Jun 02

I Found It In The Archives Contest 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 4:43 PM by Jessica Cromer


The “I Found It In The Archives” contest is back for 2017!

This annual competition started in 2014, and continues to be a fun way for researchers to share what they have discovered in their local archives. Often times, people are researching their own family histories and find an interesting story there. Sometimes these histories match what families have verbally passed down over the generations, and sometimes they are far removed from the collective—and maybe selective—ancestral memory. Maybe you have been researching or have been wanting to research a topic other than your own family. The Greene County Archives has many records that may help to uncover information on various subject matters. All entries are welcome! We have yet to receive a video entry for anyone who may be interested in being the first to do so—and potentially the first to win with a video entry.


To get an idea of previous entries, see the stories of the last three contest winners on our website. In the past, the winners of our local competition would then compete on the state level. Instead of that this year we will be offering additional local-level prizes.


Entries are being accepted now through Friday, June 16th by 4:00 PM. - That is two weeks from today!
Public voting begins Monday, June 26th and closes on Friday, August 4th at 4:00 PM.
The winner of the contest will be notified on Monday, August 7th.
Find all the details on our contest webpage where you can also find the contest entry form release and waiver.


We want to hear your story!

Until next time!